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Cindy Williams is an American actress known for her role as Shirley Feeney on the television sitcom Laverne & Shirley (since 1976–1982). Williams was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California to Francesca (née Bellini) and Beachard Williams, an electronic technician. The family moved to Dallas, Texas when she was a year old and returned to the San Fernando Valley when she was 10. She has one sibling, a sister, Carol Ann. Her maternal grandparents immigrated to America from Mineo, a municipality in the Province of Catania, rendering Williams of Sicilian descent. Moreover, Williams wrote and acted, during childhood, at a church and later acted at Birmingham High School, graduating in 1965. She attended Los Angeles City College with a theater major.
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.
Williams accompanied an actor-friend from Los Angeles City College who needed a scene partner for the audition. Further, 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 (since 1973) for which she earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actress. And Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (since 1974). She auditioned for Lucas’s next project, Star Wars, but lost the role of Princess Leia to Carrie Fisher.
Similarly, Williams met Penny Marshall, first on a double date, later, at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope company, both hired as comedy writers, because “they wanted two women”, on a prospective TV spoof for the Bicentennial. While writing at Zoetrope, Penny’s brother, Garry, called to ask if they would like to make a guest appearance on, Happy Days, his TV series.
Williams tied a knot 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.
- Full Name:Cynthia Jane Williams
- Date of Birth: August 22, 1947
- Age: 72 years
- Birth Place: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Height: 1.63 m
- Occupation: Actress
- Years active: since 1970–present
- Spouse(s): Bill Hudson (m since 1982; div. 2000)
- Children: Emily Hudson, Zachary Hudson
- Books: Shirley, I Jest! A Storied Life
- Net Worth: $10 Million
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