Cindy Williams, the actress who played Shirley on the hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died, her family revealed on Monday.
Williams died in Los Angeles at age 75 last week after a brief illness, her children, Zak, and Emily Hudson said in a statement.
“The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the statement said.
“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.
“We have always been, and will remain, SO proud of her for many things…
“Her lifelong mission to rescue animals, her prolific artistry, her faith, and most of all, her ability to make the world laugh!
“May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that.
“Thank you for loving our Mom, she loved you too.”
Cindy Williams, who played the cheerful but demure Shirley Feeney in the popular TV sitcom “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Laverne & Shirley,” has died. She was 75. https://t.co/xNgIabc5aZ pic.twitter.com/Ne9M58HwcQ
— Variety (@Variety) January 31, 2023
According to TMZ:
“The show had a ton of success, at one point becoming the most-watched sitcom in The United States and netting 6 Golden Globes nominations and one Emmy nomination.”
Williams starred in director George Lucas’s 1973 film “American Graffiti” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” from 1974.
Sad to hear the passing of Cindy Williams.
If there is an afterlife, may you and Penny be pouring a Shotz beer and Milk and Pepsi with Garry, David, Eddie and Phil. pic.twitter.com/MYERLOgZsG
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) January 31, 2023