On monday, Actress Cindy Williams of “Laverne & Shirley” Passes Away at 75
LOS ANGELES: Cindy Williams, beloved actress best known for her role as Shirley in the classic sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has sadly passed away. Her family announced the news on Monday.
The actress passed away at the age of 75 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to a statement released by her children Zak and Emily Hudson and spokesperson Liza Cranis.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved mother, Cindy Williams. She was truly one of a kind, possessing a radiant beauty, unwavering kindness, and a razor-sharp wit that endeared her to all who knew her. The joy and privilege of knowing and loving her will stay with us forever,” the statement read.
About Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams was a talented actress, known for her roles in a number of acclaimed films including “American Graffiti” directed by George Lucas in 1973 and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” from 1974.
However, she is best remembered for her role as Shirley in the hugely popular TV sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The show, a spin-off of “Happy Days,” was a hit on ABC and ran from 1976 to 1983. During its prime, it was one of the most-watched shows on television.
In the show, Williams portrayed Shirley, a more reserved character, while Penny Marshall portrayed Laverne, her more free-spirited roommate. The two women worked at a Milwaukee bottling factory in the 1950s and 60s.
Sadly, Penny Marshall passed away in 2018.
“Laverne & Shirley” was famous for its catchy opening theme, which included a chant of “schlemiel, schlimazel” as the two characters skipped along. The song became a cultural phenomenon and remains a nostalgic piece of popular culture to this day.
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