Cindy Williams, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star, Dies At 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cindy Williams, who performed Shirley reverse Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the favored sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her household stated Monday.

Williams died in Los Angeles at age 75 on Wednesday after a short sickness, her kids, Zak and Emily Hudson, stated in an announcement launched via household spokeswoman Liza Cranis.

“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the assertion stated. “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.”

Williams additionally starred in director George Lucas’ 1973 movie “American Graffiti” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” from 1974.

But she was by far greatest identified for “Laverne & Shirley,” the “Happy Days” spinoff that ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983 that in its prime was among the many hottest exhibits on TV.

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 Nineteen Fifties and 60s.

Marshall, whose brother, Garry Marshall, co-created the collection, died in 2018.

“Laverne & Shirley” was identified nearly 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.

FILE – Penny Marshal, left, and Cindy Williams from the comedy collection “Laverne & Shirley” seem on the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 1979. Williams, who performed Shirley reverse Marshall’s Laverne on the favored sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in Los Angeles at age 75, her household stated Monday, Jan. 30. (AP Photo/George Brich, File)
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