Cindy Williams, the actress who played Shirley Feeney on the hit 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died at the age of 75.
Williams, along with Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio, enjoyed an incredibly successful run on the show, which featured the two Milwaukee brewery workers getting into all sorts of crazy situations.
The two were known for incredible acts of physical comedy. Penny Marshall passed away in 2018.
The Associated Press reports:
‘Laverne & Shirley’ actor Cindy Williams dies at 75
Cindy Williams, who was among the most recognizable stars in America in the 1970s and 80s for her role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the beloved sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her family said Monday.
Williams died in Los Angeles at age 75 on Wednesday after a brief illness, her children, Zak and Emily Hudson, said in a statement released through family spokeswoman Liza Cranis.
“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the statement said. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”
Williams worked with some of Hollywood’s most elite directors in a film career that preceded her full-time move to television, appearing in George Cukor’s 1972 “Travels With My Aunt,” George Lucas’ 1973 “American Graffiti” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” from 1974.
But she was by far best known for “Laverne & Shirley,” the “Happy Days” spinoff that ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983 that in its prime was among the most popular shows on TV.
In the 2018 video below, Williams talks about the passing of Penny Marshall:
Rest in peace, Ms. Williams.
Actress Cindy Williams, who played Shirley on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her family says. She was 75. https://t.co/TyjLoLt5wi pic.twitter.com/0m61KNQyHH
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