Cindy Williams, “Laverne & Shirley” actor, is lifeless at 75

Cindy Williams, who performed Shirley reverse Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the favored sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died. She was 75. Her dying was confirmed by a household spokesperson, Liza Cranis, who mentioned Williams “handed away peacefully after a brief sickness” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Los Angeles.

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Cindy Williams in New York on June 10, 2015.

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Williams’ credit included the movies “American Graffiti” and “The Conversation.” But she was by far greatest recognized for taking part in Shirley Feeney on the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The present, a derivative of “Happy Days,” was probably the most common exhibits on tv in its prime. It ran from 1976 to 1983.

“Laverne & Shirley” was recognized virtually as a lot for its opening theme because the present itself. Williams’ and Marshall’s chant of “schlemiel, schlimazel” as they skipped collectively grew to become a cultural phenomenon and oft-invoked piece of nostalgia.

Williams performed the straitlaced Shirley to Marshall’s extra libertine Laverne on the present a couple of pair of roommates that labored at a Milwaukee bottling manufacturing facility within the Fifties and 60s. Marshall, whose brother, Garry Marshall, co-created the sequence, died in 2018.

“The passing of our type, hilarious mom, Cindy Williams, has introduced us insurmountable disappointment that would by no means really be expressed. Knowing and loving her has been our pleasure and privilege,” mentioned an announcement launched by her kids. “She was one in every of a form, lovely, beneficiant and possessed a superb humorousness and a glittering spirit that everybody liked.”

Cindy Williams (left) and Penny Marshall in a scene from
Actors Cindy Williams (left) and Penny Marshall sit on their couch laughing in a nonetheless from the tv sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.”

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Williams was born in Van Nuys, California, and started her performing within the early Nineteen Seventies by showing in commercials, together with for Foster Grant sun shades and TWA, in line with her bio on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website

She obtained her star, together with Marshall, in 2004 in a “uncommon and enjoyable double ceremony,” the Walk of Fame mentioned in an announcement inviting followers to position flowers on Williams’ star beginning Tuesday at midday.

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