Cindy Williams, part of the iconic sitcom duo, Laverne & Shirley died on January 25th at the age of 75. She first became a household name in the George Lucas film, American Graffiti, playing Ron Howard’s high school sweetheart. After meeting television producer Garry Marshall, she would make television history. She was teamed up with Garry’s sister, Penny Marshall, to appear on Happy Days. The two characters become so popular that Garry Marshall cast them in an all-new sitcom called Laverne & Shirley. The sitcom ran for over eight seasons and became one of television’s most iconic shows.
Williams went on to perform in the musical Grease, which went on a national tour. She also appeared in many other television shows. Jimmy Diele, local DJ and host of the Celebrity Spotlight Show on Hamilton Radio and iHeart Radio, had the pleasure of meeting Cindy a few times over the years. “Cindy was always so down-to-earth, gracious and funny. She was much like her character, Shirley Feeney, on Laverne & Shirley,” Diele said. “She has become a part of television history. She will be missed.”
Courtesy of Jimmy Diele