Cindy Williams, Star of ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Dies at 75

Beloved actress Cindy Williams, who was best known to American audiences as on half of hit 1970s television show Laverne & Shirley, has passed away at the age of 75.

Williams’ passing was reported on Monday evening in a statement released by her family, where it was revealed that she actually passed away the previous Wednesday.

The statement, on behalf of her children Zak and Emily Hudson, read in part, “The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, 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 humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.”

Brought to international fame after starring in director George Lucas’s 1973 film American Graffiti, a performance that she followed up the following year with the acclaimed 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film The Conversation.

But she really found stardom in Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley, which aired from 1976 to 1983.

Williams played the straight-laced Shirley Feeney opposite Penny Marshall’s free-spirited Laverne DiFazio in a sitcom about a pair of room mates who worked in a Milwaukee brewery in the 1950s.