“Laverne and Shirley” star Cindy Williams has died at the age of 75


Actress Cindy Williams, best known for her role on the hit ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirleydied on Monday at the age of 75.

Williams died in Los Angeles after a brief illness, her children Zach and Emily Hudson said in a statement.

“The passing of our beloved and fun mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us an overwhelming sadness that can never truly be expressed,” the statement said. “It was our joy and privilege to know and love him. He was kind, handsome, generous, with a great sense of humor and a brilliant wit that everyone liked.

Apart from his starring role Laverne and ShirleyCindy Williams lent her acting talents to not one but two iconic films of the early 1970s: George Lucas. American graffitiwhere she played Ron Howard’s high school girlfriend, and Francis Ford Coppola Storywhere she played a type of woman. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) detailed how he landed his role on the hit sitcom Wayne’s World laughed at.

In 1975, when Williams and Penny Marshall were working on a bicentennial parody for Coppola’s Zoetrope for $30 a week, Garry Marshall hired them for an ABC episode. Happy days.

Fonzie (Henry Winkler) asked Richie Cunningham (Howard) on a double date with the “speed girls” – who Penny thought meant prostitutes – and the pair showed instant on-screen chemistry.

Garry Marshall then pitched a comedy duet with ABC entertainment chief Fred Silverman. “There were no blue-collar shows on the air,” he recalled in 2000. “He said, ‘Let’s go! What’s her name?’ ‘I said Laverne and Shirley.’ “Well, I love it!”

After reaching number 1 in the charts, Laverne and Shirley It lasted eight seasons before ending with Williams in 1983. At the end of the seventh season, Williams became pregnant with her first child when she married actor-musician Bill Hudson.

“I thought I’d come back and they’d be hiding [her baby bump] behind chairs, sofas, pillows and that’s not all,” he said in 2015 Today To show.

“When it came time to sign the contract for this season, they made me work the day I was going to give birth to my baby. I said, “You know, I can’t sign it.” And it went back and forth and back and forth and it never worked. After that, [shows] they would shoot birthday scenes on the sets,” he added.

See his full obituary The Hollywood Reporterr (THR).

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