"Laverne & Shirley" Star Cindy Williams Died Last Week 

I hate to ruin the rest of your week, but I must report that you now live without Laverne OR Shirley.



Cindy Williams died last Wednesday after what her family calls a brief illness. She was 75. Her kids announced her death yesterday.



Cindy and Penny Marshall were a writing team working for Francis Ford Coppola for $30 a day when they were tapped to play a pair of "fast girls" who double date with Fonzie and Richie on a 1975 episode of "Happy Days."



Their characters were popular enough to get a spin-off, and "Laverne & Shirley" debuted at #1 in 1976. It would last eight seasons, but a contract dispute resulted in Cindy's Shirley being written out of the final season.



Penny died in 2018.

Before "Laverne & Shirley," Cindy starred in two movies that would be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars: George Lucas' "American Graffiti" in 1973 and Coppola's "The Conversation" in '74.



She audited for Princess Leia in "Star Wars," even though she knew Lucas wanted a younger actress.



Cindy was married to entertainer Bill Hudson from 1982 to 2000. They had two kids.



Bill was previously married to Goldie Hawn, and he's the father of her kids, Kate and Oliver Hudson.



(As sad as it is to say, Michael McKean is the only "Laverne & Shirley" main cast member still with us.)



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