Remembering Cindy Williams: A Beloved TV Star

With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passing of Cindy Williams, the beloved actress known for her unforgettable role as Shirley Feeney in the hit sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” during the 1970s. Cindy, who brought joy to millions of fans with her talent and humor, passed away after a brief illness, as confirmed by her family.

Cindy Williams

Cindy Williams’s children, Zak and Emily Hudson, felt it was important to share the news with her dedicated fanbase. In an official statement released through family spokesperson Liza Cranis, they highlighted their mother’s influential presence in the world of television and the lasting impact she had on people’s lives.

Cindy Williams and her Children

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved mother, Cindy Williams. Knowing and loving her has brought immense joy and privilege to our lives. She was one of a kind – beautiful, generous, and possessed an extraordinary sense of humor that endeared her to everyone she met,” the statement expressed.

Following the news of Cindy Williams’s passing, fellow celebrities and actors have come forward to share their heartfelt tributes to the TV star. Michael McKean, who co-starred with Williams in “Laverne & Shirley,” fondly recalled their early years working together on the sitcom.

“I remember a moment backstage during the first season. We were putting our all into the show, and Cindy passed by me with a gleaming smile and said, ‘Show’s cookin’!’ Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious,” McKean shared. “Thank you, Cindy. You will be missed.”

Renowned actor and director Ron Howard, who worked with Williams on multiple projects, including “American Graffiti” and “Happy Days,” highlighted her intelligence, wit, and humanity. Howard tweeted, “Cindy Williams – her unpretentious talent left an indelible mark on every character she portrayed and everyone she worked with. I was lucky to have shared the screen with her. Rest in peace, Cindy.”

Henry Winkler, best known for his role as Fonzie on “Happy Days,” spoke of his friendship and professional camaraderie with Williams since they first met on set in 1975. He praised her limitless talent and described her as always gracious, thoughtful, and kind.

Among the many voices paying tribute to Cindy Williams, actor Jon Donahue expressed his sadness at her passing and reminisced about watching her on “Laverne & Shirley,” as well as her exceptional performances in “The Conversation” and “American Graffiti.”

Cindy Williams’s legacy in American television will forever be cherished, as she touched the hearts of generations with her remarkable talent and unforgettable characters. Let us remember her with love as she rests in peace.


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