Cindy Williams passed away on January 25 in Los Angeles. She was best known for her long-running television role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” She was 75.
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Her family made the announcement of her passing without mentioning the cause of death.
Ms. Williams had notable supporting parts in Francis Ford Coppola’s paranoia thriller “The Conversation” and George Lucas’s nostalgic comedy-drama “American Graffiti” (1973). (1974).
Early in her career
She was most well-known for “Laverne & Shirley,” a “Happy Days” spinoff that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1983 and was, during its heyday, one of the most watched television programmes.
Feeney was trusting and naive, while DeFazio had a short fuse and was defensive. The plot was inspired by the actors’ own lives.
According to Marshall
“We’d come up with a list at the beginning of each season of what talents we had. “We used Cindy’s ability to touch her tongue to her nose in the show. I danced the taps.
The opening song of the series, “Give us any chance, we’ll take it, read us any rule, we’ll break it,” was empowering and self-aware, making it a rare network hit about characters from the working class.
As well-known as the show itself would turn out to be that opening.Ms. Williams and Marshall’s skipping chant of “schlemiel, schlimazel” became well-known and frequently used as a nostalgic reminder.
Marshall passed away in 2018. His brother, Garry Marshall, co-created the series with him.
Lenny and Squiggy, the eccentric sidekicks of Laverne and Shirley, were also portrayed on the show by Michael McKean and David Lander. 2020 saw Lander’s passing.
Ms. Williams requested a reduction in her work hours after finding out she was pregnant in 1982. She left the set after her demands weren’t met and filed a lawsuit against the production company. In the last season, she only occasionally made an appearance.
The younger of two sisters, Cynthia Williams, was born on August 22, 1947, in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Van Nuys. .Her father an electronics technician, moved the family to Texas for several years to try farming before returning to Southern California.. Her mother worked as a waitress
After having violent and unhappy childhood, she developed an interest in acting and entered the world of suburban sitcom families.
She revealed to the Waterloo Region Record that she grew up with an alcoholic father and violent arguments between parents. And they would remove me while I was watching ‘My Little Margie’ or ‘Your Show of Shows. “Forget your problems — come on, be happy,” was the message.
Cindy Williams majored in theatre arts at Los Angeles City College, and in the late 1960s, she began to get TV roles.
George Cukor’s 1972 movie “Travels With My Aunt” featured her in a supporting role. She played a pivotal role in the movie “American Graffiti,” which served as a forerunner to the subsequent nostalgia craze for the 1950s and the early 1960s.
The year after she co-starred with Ron Howard in “American Graffiti,” he made his acting debut in “Happy Days.” Prior to hosting their own show, Laverne and Shirley made their television debut as Fonzie and Fonzie’s dates.
Cindy Williams has appeared in dozens of TV shows over the past three decades, including “7th Heaven,” “8 Simple Rules,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” She and Marshall made an appearance in an episode of “Sam and Cat” on Nickelodeon in 2013 that paid homage to “Laverne & Shirley.”
Ms. Williams gave a one-woman stage performance of “Me, Myself, and Shirley” close to her homeDesert Hot Springs, California.
She divorced singer Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers after their union. He had a previous union with Goldie Hawn, and he is the paternal grandfather of actress Kate Hudson. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available, but Ms. Williams had two children.