Cindy Williams, 75-year-old actress known for her role in the Laverne & Shirley sitcom has passed away after a brief illness.
According to reports from the late star’s family, the actress died peacefully last week, surrounded by loved ones.
William’s acting career spanned almost 40 years, and she appeared in films like George Lucas’ American Graffiti, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, and The Killing Kind.
In the popular ’70s sitcom, Laverne & Shirley, Williams starred alongside Penny Marshall as two single working women in Wisconsin in the ’50s. At the time, the show was one of the most-loved on television and Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a series, for her role as Shirley.
In 2015, Cindy penned her book, ‘Shirley, I Jest! A Storied Life,’ sharing memories of her life growing up, and her dreams to become an actress.
Cindy’s children, Emily and Zak describe their mother as ‘kind and hilarious and was dedicated to rescuing animals, her faith and spreading laughter. In a statement released by the family’s spokesperson, Liza Cranis, the family expressed the sadness of their loss:
“Her death has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed…”
“Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humour and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”
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