Cindy Williams, ‘Laverne & Shirley’ actress, dies at 75

Cindy Williams, who starred in ‘Laverne & Shirley’, has died at the age of 75 following a brief illness, according to her family.

Williams portrayed Shirley alongside Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom.

The star’s children, Zak and Emily Hudson, shared a statement after his death.

Penny Marshall, left, and Cindy Williams of the comedy series ‘Laverne and Shirley’ appear at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 9, 1979.
(AP Pictures)

“The passing of our lovable and hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us an insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” reads the statement obtained by The Associated Press. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and our privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and had a brilliant sense of humor and sparkling wit that everyone loved.”

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

But she was by far best known for “Laverne & Shirley,” the “Happy Days” spin-off that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1983 and which, at its peak, was among the most popular shows on television.

Williams played the tight Shirley to Marshall’s more libertine Laverne on the show about a pair of roommates who worked at a Milwaukee bottling plant in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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