The Happy Days ghost girl dated Hutch of Starsky & Hutch in the real world
Alexa Hamilton portrayed an urban legend on the sitcom. She eventually became David Soul's heartthrob.
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In the final season of Happy Days, an urban legend sometimes referred to as "The Vanishing Hitchhiker" snuck into an episode's script.
The episode was called "The Spirit Is Willing," and in it, a woman named Nancy approaches Fonzie as he is working on a Chevy convertible that's recently been in a car accident. She tells him she needs a ride home, and being the gentleman that he is, he takes her to the house.
Upon returning to the shop, he realizes she left her purse behind, but when he goes back to the house, he finds out that Nancy doesn't live there. The woman who does currently live there tells him the previous owner's had a daughter who died in a car accident, though.
Spooked, the Fonz asks the Cunninghams for advice, and the rest of the episode spirals into literal nightmare territory. A true outlier, this horror-tinged episode had an entirely different vibe — even for a show that introduced an alien character in Mork. If you’re a fan of Happy Days, you likely remember the eerie portrayal of Nancy by the actress Alexa Hamilton.
Hamilton started guest-starring in TV shows in the 1980s, including appearances on The Greatest American Hero, CHiPs, Trapper John: M.D., and Matlock. You might remember her as the title character in the 1983 made-for-TV version of The Invisible Woman with Bob Denver (pictured at the top). A lovely brunette with bright eyes, she also had a recurring role on HBO's early original sports comedy series 1st & Ten.
Hamilton continued acting in the Nineties, which was when she struck up a romance with a different Seventies TV stud in the real world: Starsky & Hutch star David Soul.
Hamilton and Soul fell in love after Soul's fourth marriage ended in 1993. Smitten, Soul left L.A. to live with Hamilton in England, where the pair appeared together in plays. It would seem he didn't miss being a local celebrity at all, from this interview he gave with The Guardian in 2000, "You make a mistake if you seek celebrity, and there are a lot of people who do seek it, but celebrity is not a career. You have to have resiliency and understanding about what it's like dealing with adoration, but celebrity is like ice cream: It melts."
Soul even started directing plays and made a joke about what it was like the first time he had direct Hamilton onstage: "It may be the only time in my entire life I get to tell her what to do so I'm going to enjoy it. Usually, I'm the one directed."
Soul and Hamilton eventually split, and Hamilton continued appearing on TV, with her most recent appearances portraying a British ambassador on NCIS in 2018.