Cindy Williams, who portrayed Shirley on the hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” alongside Penny Marshall’s Laverne, has passed away. Age-wise, she had made it to 75 years. A family spokesman, Liza Cranis, announced Williams’ death on Wednesday, January 25 in Los Angeles, saying that she “went away peacefully after a short illness.”
Williams worked on films including “American Graffiti” and “The Conversation.” However, her role as Shirley Feeney on the ABC comedy Laverne & Shirley brought her the most fame. The sitcom, which was a spin-off of “Happy Days,” became a smash hit during its time on air.
The time period covered: 1976-1983 The theme song for “Laverne & Shirley” became nearly as iconic as the program itself. The “schlemiel, schlimazel” chant that Williams and Marshall used to sing while skipping became a cultural phenomenon and an often-referenced piece of nostalgia.
Williams portrayed the more conventional Shirley to Laverne Marshall’s free-spirited Laverne in the sitcom, which followed the lives of two women who shared an apartment and worked at a bottling plant in Milwaukee during the ’50s and ’60s.
“Our hearts are broken beyond measure by Cindy Williams’ passing, and words will never be enough to express how heartbroken we are. The chance to come to know and love her has been a joy and a blessing.” Her offspring have published a public comment on the matter.
Everybody loved her because of her excellent character and the fact that she was special and beautiful. Moreover, She’s hilarious, and I love her sense of humor.
According to her history on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website, Williams was born in Van Nuys, California, and she began her acting career by appearing in advertisements in the early 1970s. These ads included ones for Foster Grant eyewear and TWA.
In 2004, she and Marshall participated in a “unique and exciting double ceremony” to get their stars, according to a statement released by the Walk of Fame, which also announced that fans may begin placing flowers on Williams’ start at noon on Tuesday.