With the death of Erin Moran I have been thinking how during this time span of 70s and 80s even earlier playing the role of daughter on TV was similar to porn in which it was a career ender. The actresses who played daughters in the Waltons, 8 Is Enough, Family (although Kristy McNicol  had somewhat of a career). Along with earlier Lost In Space, Family Affair although like Different Strokes ended in tragedy (overdose) for one of the daughters.

There were a few exceptions Melissa Gilbert and Susan Dey (has she really starred in anything post LA Law?).

The message from Hollywood seemed to have been “play a daughter on tv career is just as over as if you did porn”.

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Even those playing sons many had no career but it seemed even like Bill Mumy there would always be guest appearances and comic books and returning to the genre in Babylon 5 or Willie Aames who ha another show and a videotape series. Richard Thomas had many chances that his tv sisters did not get. Even shows like Facts of Life George Clooney came in late into the series his career is booming where are the actresses? The one who played Jo had a few roles even recently that’s it. Michael J Fox, Leonardi DiCaprio where are their TV sisters?

I would say starting with Wonder Years it appears to be turning.

I am not sure why. Erin Moran clearly had talent she should have had a good career like in starring in crime shows. Others did too.

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Or is this my imagination.