Emily and Zak Hudson, her children, said in a statement that Cindy Williams died at 75. She is best remembered for her part in the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” which aired from 1976 to 1983. In the television sitcom Penny Marshall’s Laverne, Cindy Williams portrayed Shirley.
Williams participated in more than 150 episodes of the program but quit before the season’s end following what looked to be a confrontation with Ms. Marshall, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 75. In a statement issued by her children, the cause of her death was disclosed. After a brief illness, she passed away on Monday.
Cindy Williams Cause of Death
Cindy Williams died at the age of 75. She was a famous actress, best known in the United States as one-half of the popular 1970s TV show Laverne & Shirley. Her family announced Williams’ death on Monday night in a statement that made it clear that she had gone away the previous Wednesday.
The statement, on behalf of her children Zak and Emily Hudson, read in part, “The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed.
Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”
She became well-known after starring in George Lucas’ 1973 film American Graffiti. She reprised her role in the critically acclaimed film The Conversation the following year.
But the 1976–1983 television series Laverne & Shirley, a Happy Days spinoff, is where she rose to fame. Williams portrayed the stiff Shirley Feeney in a sitcom about two roommates who worked at a Milwaukee brewery in the 1950s against Penny Marshall’s free-spirited Laverne DiFazio.
Super Sky Point to Cindy Williams, who brought to life one of my first childhood crushes, the adorably innocent girl next door, Shirley Feeney. Say hi to Laverne for all of us, funny lady. Schlemiel, schlimazel. #RIP pic.twitter.com/KOD0QXMjlt
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) January 31, 2023
She met Gary Marshall, a producer while trying out for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars. To the delight of everyone who has ever watched the show, Marshall’s brother got her skipping down the street yelling, “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated.” Even though they haven’t said anything else, her family has said that the actress was sick for a short time.
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Cindy Williams’s Career Details
Cindy Williams was in the 1973 George Lucas movie “American Graffiti” before she got her big break in the sitcom that would change her career the most. For her performance as Laurie in the film, she was nominated for a British Academy Film Award for best supporting actress.
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Cindy Williams (1947-2023): pic.twitter.com/WOf4FD310S
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 31, 2023
The following year, she made an appearance in the Francis Ford Coppola movie “The Conversation,” which along with “American Graffiti” was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. Williams was also there when Carrie Fisher tried out for the part of Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie series.
In addition, Williams released “Shirley I Jest: A Storied Life” in 2015 and recently ended the national theater run of “Me, Myself, and Shirley.”