'Eight Is Enough' star Susan Richardson now lives in a trailer and sometimes dumpster dives

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Susan Richardson earned fame on the late 70s TV hit Eight Is Enough, but she now lives a much simpler life in a camper without a TV or internet.

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The 64-year-old's career started when she was discovered by a then-unknown director named George Lucas, who gave her a part in the 1973 film American Graffiti.

it was on that set where she met Ron Howard, and a role for Richardson in Happy Days soon followed.

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EIGHT IS ENOUGH - Pilot: 'Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense' - Airdate: March 15, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN RICHARDSON
UNITED STATES - MARCH 15: EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense' (Pilot) - 3/15/77, Connie Needham (left) played Elizabeth Bradford and Susan Richardson played her sister, Susan., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Pieces of Eight' - Airdate: March 29, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN RICHARDSON
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - Promo Gallery - Shoot Date: May 16, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: LAURIE WALTERS;SUSAN RICHARDSON;WILLIE AAMES;DICK VAN PATTEN;GRANT GOODEVE;ADAM RICH;BETTY BUCKLEY;DIANNE KAY;LANI O'GRADY;CONNIE NEWTON NEEDHAM
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Is There a Doctor in the House?' - Airdate: September 14, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: SUSAN RICHARDSON;CONNIE NEWTON NEEDHAM
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 30: EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'The Return of Auntie V' - Season Two - 11/30/77, Susan (Susan Richardson) was visited by her Aunt Vivian. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - Gallery - Shoot Date: April 18, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN RICHARDSON
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Cops and Toddlers' - Airdate: October 25, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: TODD SPERO;STEVEN HARRIS;COREY FELDMAN;SUSAN RICHARDSON;TRACY JUSTRICH;PAGE TAYLOR;HEATHER HOBBS
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1979: Susan Richardson at home circa 1979. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Merle the Pearl' - Airdate: September 5, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE;SUSAN RICHARDSON
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'The Cupid Crisis' - Airdate: September 12, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN RICHARDSON;BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do' - Season Four -, 9/19/79, Merle and Susan Stockwell (Brian Patrick Clarke and Susan Richardson) on their wedding day. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH - 'Fathers and Other Strangers' - Airdate: November 7, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN RICHARDSON
Susan Richardson and Britt Ekland during 'The Rocky Horror Show' Cast Party at Club Lingerie, 1981 at Club Lingerie in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Susan Richardson attends 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 30, 1981 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Susan Richardson attends B'nai B'rith Gala Honoring Lee Rich on October 30, 1983 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Connie Needham, actress Susan Richardson, and actress Dianne Kay attend Susan Richardson & Harmony concert performance on March 19, 1981 at Studio Instrumental Rentals in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Susan Richardson performs with her group Harmony on March 19, 1981 at Studio Instrumental Rentals in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Susan Richardson attends the People Magazine's Fifth Anniversary Celebration on March 5, 1979 at Gingerman Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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She told Inside Edition that her trailer doesn't contain a TV or computer.

Sometimes she goes dumpster diving on the nearby campgrounds for good finds for her home.

The last few years have not been easy for the former actress.

"My mom died in '14, my little sister in '15, and my dad in '16, all of the same anomaly," she said.

That disorder is called Achalasia, a paralysis of the esophagus, which also affects Richardson.

"[It's been a] really rough time, honey," she told Inside Edition. "I've had 3 strokes."

She is unable to eat and for most of the day gets nutrition through a feeding tube 16 hours a day.

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Richardson spends her time illustrating children's books, playing the piano, and loves to interact with her fans, who still send get well cards.

"Eight years ago, doctors said I wouldn't be here and I am here," she said.

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