‘Laverne & Shirley’ Actress Cindy Williams Dies

Cindy Williams on 'Laverne & Shirley' in 1975
Cindy Williams in a 1975 promotional photo for ‘Laverne & Shirley.’ (Image credit: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Actress Cindy Williams, who appeared in such iconic television shows as Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, has died at 75.

Williams died Monday after a short illness, according to CNN. Williams, who began her television career in the late 1960s, is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the ABC comedy series Laverne & Shirley. Williams’s character first appeared on ABC’s Happy Days before she joined the late Penny Marshall in spinoff Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 to 1983.

Williams also appeared in such TV shows as For Your Love, 7th Heaven, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Girlfriends and Sam & Cat — where she reunited with Marshall in a guest starring role — over her more than six-decade career. 

On film, Williams starred in the 1973 Academy Award-nominated film American Graffiti and 1974’s The Conversation. 

Several celebrities took to social media to remember the actress.

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