Cindy Williams, who was one of the most recognized stars in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s for her role as Shirley alongside Laverne and Penny Marshall in the beloved comedy series “Laverne & Shirley”, has died, her family said. monday
Williams died in Los Angeles 75 years on Wednesday after a brief illnesssaid their sons, Zak and Emily Hudson, in a communique issued through the spokesperson of the family, Liza Cranis.
“El fallecimiento de nuestra amable e hilarante madre, Cindy Williams, nos ha traído una tristeza insuperable que nunca podría expresarse realemente”, says the communique. “Conocerla y amarla ha sido nuestra alegría y privilegio. Era única, hermosa, generosa y poséía un brillante sentido del humor y un espíritu resplandeciente que todos amaban”.
Williams was born as one of two sisters in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles in 1947. Her family moved to Dallas shortly after she was born, but returned to Los Angeles, where she began acting while assisting at the secondary school in Birmingham. y se especializaba en artes cénicas en LA City College.
The actress worked with some of the most elitist directors in Hollywood in a film career that preceded her change of full time to television, apareciendo en “Travels With My Aunt” by George Cukor in 1972, “American Graffiti” by George Lucas in 1973 “The Conversation” by Francis Ford Coppola in 1974.
But it was much more known for “Laverne & Shirley”, the spin-off of “Happy Days” that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1983 and that at its best was one of the most popular programs on television.
Williams interpretó a la mojigata Shirley Feeney para la más libertina Laverne DeFazio de Marshall en el programa sobre un par de compañeros de cuarto de cuello azul que trabajaron duro en la línea de montaje de una cervecería de Milwaukee en las decades de 1950 y 1960.
“Eran personajes queridos”said Williams of The Associated Press in 2002.
DeFazio era de mal genio y estaba a la defensive; Feeney era ingenua y confiada. Los actors se inspiraron en sus propias vidas para inspirarse en la trama.
“We had a list at the beginning of each season of the talents we had,” said Marshall to the AP in 2002. Hice claqué”.
Williams told The Associated Press in 2013 that she and Marshall had “very different personalities”, but that the stories of the two clashing during the realization of the program were “un poco exaggerated”.
La serie fue el raro éxito de la cadena sobre personajes de la clase trabajadora, con su canción de apertura de autoempoderamiento: “Danos cualquier oportunidad, la tomaremos, léenos cualquier regla, la romperemos”.
Esa apertura se volvería tan popular como el programa mismo. El canto de Williams y Marshall de “schlemiel, schlimazel” mientras saltaban juntos se conviro en un phenomenó cultural y en una piece de nostalgia que se invoca frecuencia.
In the last three decades, Williams made special appearances in television series, including “7th Heaven”, “8 Simple Rules” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”. In 2013, she and Marshall appeared in a “Laverne & Shirley” tribute episode of Nickelodeon’s “Sam and Cat” series.
Last year, Williams appeared in a single woman show full of stories from her career, “Me, Myself and Shirley”, in a theater in Palm Springs, California, near her home in Desert Hot Springs.
Williams was married to singer Bill Hudson of the musical group Hudson Brothers from 1982 to 2000. Hudson was the father of his two children. He was previously married to Goldie Hawn and is also the father of actress Kate Hudson.
(with AP information)