It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Cindy Williams, a beloved actress best known for her role as Shirley in the iconic sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” Williams passed away at the age of 75 after a brief illness in Los Angeles.
Her children Zak and Emily Hudson released a statement through family spokeswoman Liza Cranis, expressing their sadness and love for their mother.
Before her full-time move to television, Williams had a successful film career, appearing in films such as “Travels With My Aunt” (1972), “American Graffiti” (1973) and “The Conversation” (1974). However, it was “Laverne & Shirley” that cemented her place in the hearts of TV fans everywhere. She played the straight-laced Shirley Feeney to Penny Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio, in the show about blue-collar roommates working on an assembly line in a Milwaukee brewery.
In recent decades, Williams made guest appearances on several TV series, including “7th Heaven,” “8 Simple Rules” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2013, she and Marshall appeared in a “Laverne & Shirley” tribute episode of the Nickelodeon series “Sam and Cat.”
In 2020, Williams showcased her talent and her stories in a one-woman stage show called “Me, Myself and Shirley” in Palm Springs, California. Her glittering spirit and brilliant sense of humor will be greatly missed.