‘Happy Days’ actress Marion Ross honored with statue in her hometown of Minnesota

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Actress Marion Ross stands next to her new bronze sculpture in her hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota. (FOX 9)

She was known as the favorite mother of Americans in the 1970s and now Marion Ross, originally from Minnesota, is back in her hometown for a special honor.

The Town of Albert Lea is making sure the “happy days” are here to stay.

Actress Marion Ross played Marion Cunningham in the hit television series for a decade. Before becoming “Mrs. C” Ross grew up to Albert Lea. Today, his hometown pays homage to him with a life-size bronze sculpture in front of the performing arts center that bears his name.

“It’s so generous of them. I don’t think I’ve done enough for them. I’m going to have to do something for them to make it worth it, you know,” said Ross.

Ross says she has many fond memories of her time in Albert Lea, most notably as a lifeguard at Fountain Lake, one block from the Community Theater.

Organizers raised $ 100,000 for the statue by selling custom brick pavers and through donations from some of Ross’s other “Happy Days” actors, like Ron Howard and Henry Winkler.

“We’re like family,” Ross said. “We spent 10 years together and since then we have been selling ‘Happy Days’ and they are all great people.”

Ross, who is now 92, says she still has friends and family in Albert Lea and is literally beyond herself to be such an integral part of her hometown.


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