Cindy Williams
Actress
Cindy Williams
Cynthia Jane "Cindy" Williams is an American actress best known for starring in the television situation-comedy series Laverne & Shirley, in the role of "Shirley Feeney", and for her role as Laurie Henderson in the classic film American Graffiti.
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Cindy Williams spills secrets behind "Laverne & Shirley"
Fox News - 2 months
The Hollywood icon chatted with ET after reuniting with Penny Marshall for an appearance on 'The Odd Couple.'....
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Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
For a number of generations the above words immediately spark a memory of the theme song to the classic television series Laverne and Shirley. However, many people are not aware of the origins of this silly, little ditty that Laverne and Shirley sang before every episode. Schlemiel and Schlimazel are two Yiddish terms often used in a comical, but sometimes biting sense of humor. A Schlemiel is an inept clumsy person and a Schlimazel is a very unlucky person. There's a Yiddish saying that translates to a funny way of explaining them both. A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup and a schlimazel is the person it lands on. Hasenpfeffer is actually a German stew and I have no idea why it is part of this ditty except that when it is all put together you cannot help but laugh at how it sounds. If you are feeling a bit nostalgic here is the YouTube Link to the opening theme. Humor has existed since the beginning of mankind ...
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What feud? 'Laverne & Shirley' stars Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams reunite
Fox News - over 3 years
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams play feuding ex-TV partners on an episode of Nickelodeon's "Sam & Cat," but they brush aside any comparison to their past.
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Oscars Outdoors goes back to the drive-in with 'American Graffiti'
LATimes - over 3 years
Classic Hollywood: George Lucas' 1973 ode to youth and rock marks its 40th year with an Oscars Outdoors screening that includes star Cindy Williams. Where were you in the summer of '73?
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Reunited After 30 Years
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nickelodeon’s "Sam & Cat" chronicles the antics and adventures of two roommates who couldn’t be more different, in the tradition of sitcoms like "The Odd Couple" and "Laverne & Shirley." Now the stars of "Laverne & Shirley" are set to reunite on the Nickelodeon show — Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams taped a guest appearance last week.
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Laverne & Shirley Together Again – 30 Years Later
People Magazine - over 3 years
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams are doing a guest appearance on a Nickelodeon sitcom
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'Laverne & Shirley' stars reunite on Nick comedy
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leading ladies of "Laverne & Shirley" are reuniting. Nickelodeon said Wednesday that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of its new sitcom "Sam & Cat." The actresses starred as 1950s and '60s pals and roommates Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, workers in a Milwaukee brewery. The sitcom aired from 1976 to 1983 on ABC. "Sam & Cat" features Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as friends who start a baby-sitting business. Nickelodeon says Marshall and Williams will start filming on Wednesday. They play characters involved in a decades-old feud, tweaking the long-ago rumors of a "Laverne & Shirley" rivalry. "Sam & Cat" creator Dan Schneider says it was an honor to write for what he called TV's" funniest female roommates" ever.
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The Secret I Kept About My Sons
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This is the first post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, foster parents, waiting adoptive parents and others touched by adoption. I Never Told Any of My Friends About My Sons Written by Cindy Williams for Portrait of an Adoption I was pressured to place my son Zachary for adoption in 1986, and his brother Nathaniel for adoption in 1988. Luckily for me, they placed Nathaniel with the same family (even though I had placed with a different agency) and the boys were raised together. Their adoptive parents also adopted two little girls, in 1990 and 1992. All four children are biracial. We started out with a closed adoption. I never told any of my friends about my sons -- not even my best friend. The only times I would talk to people about them was when I would drink, and it would depress me and make me cry. I thought I was a horrible perso ...
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Dozens Of Tornadoes Reported On Christmas
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths. Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed, scores of motorists got stuck on icy roads or slid into drifts, and blizzard warnings were issued amid snowy gusts of 30 mph that blanketed roads and windshields, at times causing whiteout conditions. "The way I've been describing it is as a low-end blizzard, but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex," said John Kwiatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. The system, which spawned Gulf Coast region tornadoes on Christmas Day and a historic amount of snow in Arkansas, pushed through the Upper Ohio Valley and headed toward the Northeast. Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow inland from western ...
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Cindy Williams: A Call for Compassion
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On the screen and in television I've acted in mostly comedic roles -- slices of life in the good old days. But recently I played a different kind of comedic role in an independent film that light-heartedly tells a love story of a woman caught in between the cracks of healthcare. The film is called Stealing Roses and my character, Rose, is diagnosed with cancer. She and her husband, Walter (wonderfully played by actor John Heard), can't afford health insurance, are too young for Medicare and not "poor enough" for Medicaid. With his back up against a wall, Walter plans a bank robbery to save Rose while their son, a cop, tries to stop him. The storyline in Stealing Roses is a timely topic told in a sensitive way. But in this day and age -- why do we even have to tell this story? Well, we have to tell it because, sadly, it exists every day in our country. Haven't we all been affected by friends or family members that have hardship stories regarding the lack of health insurance ...
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Local families host Japanese summer exchange program
Braintree Patch - almost 5 years
Explore Japan, a Milton-based summer exchange program for Japanese and American students age 8-16, has proved to be a unique and rewarding experience for the participants as well as the host families. Through this program, now in its 18th year, boys and girls from Japan visit host families in the south suburban area for two weeks. Under the supervision of Japanese experts, day-long activities at Pierce Middle School and Milton High School are scheduled for the students. These activities include workshops on Japanese language, arts and crafts, cooking, martial arts, calligraphy and a variety of interesting cultural exercises, as well as a number of field trips. More than 60 host families from the south suburban areas took part in the program last year.   “Hosting two amazing young ladies from Japan the past few years has brought so much joy into our home as well as such a rich culture for my children to experience,” said Braintree’s Cindy Williams, whose family hosted Yukiko Yamak ...
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BH Interview: 'Laverne & Shirley' Star Cindy Williams on the Morality Tales Told by Two Girls from Milwaukee
Big Hollywood - almost 5 years
Cindy Williams says “Laverne & Shirley” was more than just the story of two best pals making their "dreams come true.” Show creator Garry Marshall had something to say about... View Original Post
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Craig Crawford: A Celebrity Parent Teaching Moment
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Broken families pervade our society, and sometimes watching celebrities spotlights disturbing trends that many in private life experience, such as parental alienation and even the rights of grandparents. Such is the case in this radio chat with Bill Hudson about his days as a teen idol with The Hudson Brothers, and his alienation from ex-wife Goldie Hawn and their children, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson. Plus his marriage and continuing friendship with TV icon Cindy Williams. All chronicled in his new book, "Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family." Click Play Arrow (Trouble Listening? Click Here)Listen to more Trail Mix Radio
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OMYF Community Spotlight: Foundation for Orange County's Public Schools - OrlandoMagic.com
Google News - over 5 years
``Kids learn to read up unto the second grade and then they read to learn,'' said Cindy Williams, the executive director of the Read 2 Succeed program. ``So if they don't enter third grade with good fluency and literacy skills it's just really tough
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Volleyball: Lady Raiders struggle in loss to McKinney - Denton Record Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
After losing all but two of its varsity players from last season, Ryan head coach Cindy Williams knew her team would have plenty of kinks to work out. If Tuesday was any indication, the Lady Raiders aren't there quite
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On This Day ... August 22 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Norman Schwarzkopf was born in 1934 … football coach Bill Parcells was born in 1941 … actress Cindy Williams was born in 1947 … pro wrestling manager Paul Ellering was born in 1953 … actor Colm Feore was born in 1958 … pro wrestler Lane Huffman
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cindy Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, her memoir Shirley, I Jest! (co-written with Dave Smitherman) was published.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview in the 1990s, Ron Howard, by then a highly praised director, was asked if he would ever like to act again. He answered, "Only if I could work with Cindy again."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Williams reunited with her Laverne & Shirley co-star Penny Marshall on Sam & Cat, in the episode "#SalmonCat" (2013).
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 42
    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).
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 34
    Williams was married to Bill Hudson of the musical trio Hudson Brothers in 1982. The marriage ended in divorce in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have two children: a daughter, Emily (born 1982) and a son, Zachary (born 1986). Williams is a practicing Catholic. 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. It has been attributed improperly to the actress.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    Williams continued her role on the very successful Laverne & Shirley from 1976 until 1982.
    More Details Hide Details 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. They would reconcile a few years later.The success of the Garry Marshall series led to a Saturday morning animated series Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, created by Hanna-Barbera.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    Williams was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, to Francesca (née Bellini) and Beachard Williams. She has one sibling, a sister, Carol Ann. She graduated from Birmingham High School in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Her classmates included financier Michael Milken, actress Sally Field and talent agent Michael Ovitz. She attended Los Angeles City College. 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, 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); 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 22, 1947.
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