Saturday, June 15, 2024

RIP Cindy Williams of “Laverne and Shirley” Fame, Dead at 75, Also Starred in “American Graffiti”


“Laverne and Shirley” star Cindy Williams has died at 75.

Williams played the straight woman (meaning straight faced) to Penny Marshall’s Laverne. It’s hard to believe they’re both gone. The show as an enormous hit for eight seasons in the 70s and 80s. “Laverne and Shirley” was part of Garry Marshall’s mini empire, spun off from “Happy Days.” Williams appeared on the original show too.

Her movie career included George Lucas’s beloved “American Graffiti,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation.” She was married for 18 years to Bill Hudson, of the Hudson Brothers, after he was married to Goldie Hawn. That means their two children are half siblings of Kate and Oliver Hudson.

Shirley was cute as a button, and made a little nuts by Laverne’s over the top mischief. The actresses didn’t always get along when they were filming but they had a pretty good friendship after it was all over.

Condolences to her family and friends. So sorry.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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