Happy Days star Cindy Williams dies at 75

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Cindy Williamsthe cheerful one Shirley Feeney in the popular sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Laverne & Shirleyis dead Wednesday January 25th to Los Angeles at the age of 75 years old after one short illness. “The death of our kind, funny mom, Cindy Williams, has brought us an insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” the children told the BBC.Associated Press. “Knowing and loving her have been our joy and our privilege. She was one of a kind about her, beautiful, generous, and she possessed an amazing sense of humor and a brilliant wit that everyone loved.”


Born August 22, 1947 in Van Nuys, California, Williams cultivated thelove of acting first at Birmingham High School and then at Los Angeles City College. Face of several commercials, in the early seventies the actress landed in the world of television shows with small roles, but her success came thanks to the interpretation of Laurie Henderson, for which Williams also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actressin the movie American Graffiti directed in 1973 by George Lucas . In 1974 Williams then starred alongside Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford And Robert Duvall in the film The conversation directed by Francis Ford Coppola . In 1975 the actress instead made her debut in the sitcom Happy Days in the company of Penny Marshall in their respective roles of romantic and optimistic Shirley Feeney and best friend Laverne DeFazio, protagonists of a four-way date with Richie (played by Ron Howard) and Fonzie (played by Henry Winkler). The spinoff was born from the success of the characters Laverne & Shirley about the life of two friends, roommates and colleagues in the bottling department of the Shotz brewery in Milwaukee. Airing for eight seasons from 1976 to 1983, the sitcom became the most watched sitcom on television beginning in its third season and received six Golden Globe nominations and one Emmy nomination. In the nineties Williams, who remained away from the scene for a few years, returned to acting in various television shows, including Seventh heaven. In April, the actress would also debut on Amazon Prime with her latest work, the short musical series Sami. “Cindy has been my friend and professional colleague from the moment I met her on the set of Happy Days in 1975. Not once have I been in her presence without her being kind, thoughtful, and courteous” declared Henry Winkler after her death. “Cindy’s talent was limitless. There was no genre she wouldn’t conquer. I’m so happy to have met her.”