Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 4.1 Film 4.2 Television work 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Williams was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, to Francesca (née Bellini) and Beachard Williams. She moved to Dallas, Texas, at 1 year old and returned to the San Fernando Valley, when she was 10.[1] She has one sibling, a sister, Carol Ann. She graduated from Birmingham High School in 1965. Her classmates included financier Michael Milken, actress Sally Field, and talent agent Michael Ovitz.[citation needed] She attended Los Angeles City College.

Career[edit] The handprints of Williams in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park After college, Williams began her professional career by landing national commercials, which included Foster Grant sunglasses and TWA. Her first roles in television, among others, were on Room 222, Nanny and the Professor and Love, American Style. Having honed her skills at The Actors Studio West,[2][3] Williams picked up important film roles early in her career: George Cukor's Travels with My Aunt (1972); as Laurie Henderson, Ron Howard's character's high school sweetheart in George Lucas's American Graffiti (1973) for which she earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actress;[4] and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974). She auditioned for Lucas's next project, Star Wars, but lost the role of Princess Leia to Carrie Fisher.[5] In 1975, Williams was cast as a fun-loving brewery worker, Shirley Feeney, in an episode of Happy Days, alongside Penny Marshall, who played her best friend and roommate Laverne De Fazio. The girls were introduced as female companions of Fonzie (Henry Winkler), and their appearance proved so popular that Garry Marshall, producer of Happy Days and Penny Marshall's brother, commissioned a spin-off for the characters. Williams continued her role on the very successful Laverne & Shirley from 1976 until 1982. Although praised for her portrayal of Shirley, Williams left the show after the second episode of the show's eighth and final season, after she became pregnant with her first child. Williams and co-star Marshall had also been feuding for quite some time, and this had also spurred her decision to leave.[6] They would reconcile a few years later.[7][8] The success of the Garry Marshall series led to a Saturday morning animated series Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, created by Hanna-Barbera.[9] In 1990, Williams returned to series TV in the short-lived CBS sitcom Normal Life, and a couple years later, reunited with former Laverne & Shirley producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett to star in their family sitcom Getting By (1993–94). She has guest starred on several television shows, including two episodes of 8 Simple Rules. Williams has performed onstage in the national tours of Grease, Deathtrap and Moon Over Buffalo, and a regional production of Nunsense. She reunited with her Laverne & Shirley co-star Eddie Mekka in a November 2008 regional production of the Renée Taylor-Joseph Bologna comedy play It Had to Be You.[10] She made her Broadway debut as daffy "Mrs. Tottendale" in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre on December 11, 2007, succeeding JoAnne Worley in the role originated by Georgia Engel.[11] Williams reunited with her Laverne & Shirley co-star Penny Marshall on Sam & Cat, in the episode "#SalmonCat" (2013).[12][13][14] In 2015, her memoir Shirley, I Jest! (co-written with Dave Smitherman) was published.[15] In the same year, Williams engaged in celebrity branding for the senior citizen service, Visiting Angels.[16]

Personal life[edit] Williams was married to Bill Hudson of the musical trio Hudson Brothers in 1982. The marriage ended in divorce in 2000. Together they have two children: a daughter, Emily (born 1982) and a son, Zachary (born 1986). Williams is a practicing Catholic.[17][18] In January 2000, an article in the Washington Post critical of military pay raises was written by another Cindy Williams who was working as a senior research fellow at MIT.[19] It had been attributed improperly to the actress.[20][21]

Filmography[edit] Film[edit] 1971: Gas-s-s-s 1971: Drive, He Said 1972: Beware! The Blob 1972: Travels with My Aunt 1973: The Killing Kind 1973: American Graffiti 1974: The Conversation 1975: Mr. Ricco 1976: The First Nudie Musical 1979: More American Graffiti 1983: The Creature Wasn't Nice 1985: UFOria 1989: Big Man on Campus 1989: Rude Awakening 1991: Bingo 1997: Meet Wally Sparks 2002: The Biggest Fan 2012: Stealing Roses Television work[edit] 1971: The Funny Side (6 episodes) 1973: Love, American Style 1974: The Migrants 1974: Hawaii Five-O (6.18 "Secret Witness") 1975–79: Happy Days (5 episodes) 1976–82: Laverne & Shirley (159 episodes) 1981–82: Laverne & Shirley in the Army (voice; 13 episodes) 1982: Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (voice; 1 episode) 1985: When Dreams Come True 1986: Help Wanted: Kids 1986: The Leftovers 1988: Save the Dog! 1988: Tricks of the Trade 1990: Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen 1990: Normal Life (13 episodes) 1990: Menu for Murder 1991: Earth Angel 1993–94: Getting By (31 episodes) 1994: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995: Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story 1995: The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1995: The Magic School Bus (voice; 1 episode) 1996: The Stepford Husbands 1999: The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights 2000–01: Strip Mall (6 episodes) 2000–02: For Your Love (3 episodes) 2002: Laverne & Shirley Together Again 2003: 8 Simple Rules 2004: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007: Drive 2012: Strawberry Summer 2013: Sam & Cat 2016: The Odd Couple 2016: A Dream of Christmas

References[edit] ^ "CINDY WILLIAMS". Archive of American Television. Retrieved 18 May 2017.  ^ "The Cindy Williams Picture Pages". SuperiorPics.som. Retrieved 2012-12-09.  ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.  ^ ^ Moore, Frazier (2004-09-10). "George Lucas and the Trials and Tribulations of a Trilogy: 'Empire of Dreams'". The Beaver County Times. Retrieved 2012-12-09.  ^ Brant, Marley (2006). "Triumph and Tribulation". Happier Days: Paramount Television's Golden Sitcoms. New York: Billboard Books. p. 81. ISBN 0-8230-8933-9.  ^ ^ ^ "Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley and the Fonz Hour".  ^ "Laverne & Shirley" Stars Williams and Mekka to Reunite for It Had to Be You Archived 2008-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. from Playbill ^ "Doing It Her Way: Cindy Williams to Get Drowsy Beginning Dec. 11" Archived 2007-12-07 at the Wayback Machine. from Playbill ^ Bibel, Sara (June 26, 2013). "Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams to Reunite on Nickelodeon's 'Sam & Cat'". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ "'Laverne & Shirley' stars reunite on Nick comedy". June 26, 2013.  ^ "Laverne & Shirley Stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams To Reunite On Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat". Yahoo!TV. June 26, 2013.  ^ ^ "Visiting Angels Tailored in Home Care Featuring Cindy Willams." I Spot.TV. Accessed 5 Aug. 2017. ^ "With Her New Nunsense Touring Show, Cindy Williams Kicks WITH a Habit". The Huffington Post.  ^ "Cindy Williams sees a bit of 'Laverne & Shirley' in 'Nunset Boulevard'". The Daily Times.  ^ ^ "Our GIs Earn Enough".  ^ " Cindy Williams Military Pay Criticism". 

External links[edit] Cindy Williams on IMDb Cindy Williams interview video at the Archive of American Television Video Discussion with Actress Cindy Williams at New York Film Academy Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 40668285 LCCN: n80031797 ISNI: 0000 0003 7393 0308 SUDOC: 082965439 BNF: cb140396125 (data) Retrieved from "" Categories: 1947 births20th-century American actresses21st-century American actressesActresses from Los AngelesAmerican film actressesAmerican television actressesHudson family (show business)Living peopleLos Angeles City College alumniPeople from Van Nuys, Los AngelesHidden categories: Webarchive template wayback linksArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from November 2014Articles using Template:EmmyTVLegends nameWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiers

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