Cindy Williams Obituary, Death – The actress Cindy Williams, who will be eternally remembered for her portrayal as the positive Shirley in the classic ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” passed away on Sunday. Funeral services were scheduled to take place on Monday. After a relatively short battle with sickness, Williams passed away on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 75, according to a statement sent by his family to the Associated Press.
According to a statement released by Williams’ children, Zak Hudson and Emily Hudson, “The departure of our loving and hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has given us overwhelming pain that could never properly be communicated.” [Cindy Williams] had a great sense of humor. The delight and privilege for us has been in getting to know and love her. She was one of a kind, stunning, and generous, and she had a dazzling sense of humor and a glimmering personality that won the hearts of everyone who met her.”
Williams began her career with commercial gigs, but she also had brief cameos on a variety of sitcoms before earning roles in films. Williams was born in Van Nuys, and before she became famous for playing Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne, she began her career with commercial gigs. The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas, both featured her as an actress playing the girlfriend of a character played by actor Ron Howard.
Marshall’s friend and co-worker at Coppola’s production firm, the duo was selected by Marshall’s brother, Garry Marshall, to make a cameo appearance on “Happy Days,” so reuniting Williams and Howard. Marshall worked at Coppola’s production company with Coppola. Because of how well they performed in their guest roles as Shirley Feeney and Laverne DeFazio, Garry Marshall decided to create a spinoff about the two characters and call it “Laverne & Shirley,” which aired from 1976 through 1983.