Cindy Williams, known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the hit TV show Laverne & Shirley, has passed away at the age of 75. Her family announced that she died after a brief illness. Williams was one of the most beloved actresses of her time, renowned for her hilarious sense of humor and sparkling spirit.
Laverne & Shirley premiered on ABC in 1976, and the show quickly became a massive hit. The series followed the lives of two working-class women in Milwaukee and was set in the mid-20th century. It was one of the most popular sitcoms of the decade and ran for more than 175 episodes. The show’s memorable opening credits, which featured Williams and her co-star Penny Marshall high-stepping and chanting, became one of the era’s most recognizable themes.
Cindy Williams started her screen career in 1970 and appeared in a number of TV series and films before landing her first major role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti. She also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and had a recurring role on Happy Days. In 2013, she spoke about her love for her characters in Laverne & Shirley, saying that they embodied the spirit of humor and humility.
Her passing has brought great sadness to her family and fans, and she will be remembered for her contributions to the entertainment industry and for being one of the kindest, funniest and most brilliant actresses of her time.
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