Cindy Williams

Actor, Producer, Waitress
Cindy Williams will forever live in TV history as Shirley Feeney, the dreamer half of the brewery workers on the long-running hit ABC series "Laverne & Shirley" (1976-82), although she left the show over alleged ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1947 in Van Nuys, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Stealing Roses 2014 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Strawberry Summer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Drive 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

8 Simple Rules 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Less Than Perfect 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Classic TV Bloopers 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strip Mall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Rumors 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Biggest Fan 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harrison Ford: America's Leading Man 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

American Graffiti: Then and Now 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Emily Preston (Actor)

Hope & Gloria 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Stepford Husbands 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Laverne & Shirley Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting By 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cindy Williams Comedy Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 Miss America Pageant 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bingo 1991 (Movie)

Natalie Devlin (Actor)

Normal Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Man on Campus 1989 (Movie)

Diane Girard (Actor)

Just Like Family 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

National Family Safety Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rude Awakening 1989 (Movie)

June (Actor)

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Leftovers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

UFOria 1986 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

Joanna 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley in the Army 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Magic With the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Creature Wasn't Nice 1980 (Movie)

McHugh (Actor)

The Donny and Marie Christmas Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Laurie Bolander (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Gabriel Kaplan Presents the Small Event 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Ricco 1975 (Movie)

Jamison (Actor)

The First Nudie Musical 1974 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killing Kind 1972 (Movie)

Roomer (Actor)

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

Tooley (Actor)

Drive, He Said 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gas-s-s-s! 1969 (Movie)

Marissa (Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Help Wanted: Kids (TV Show)

Actor

Menu For Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Sam & Cat (Tv Show)

Actor

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly, Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Migrants (TV Show)

Actor

Tricks of the Trade (TV Show)

Actor

When Dreams Come True (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Father of the Bride Part II 1995 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Father of the Bride 1991 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Cindy Williams will forever live in TV history as Shirley Feeney, the dreamer half of the brewery workers on the long-running hit ABC series "Laverne & Shirley" (1976-82), although she left the show over alleged disputes with executive producer Garry Marshall. Film buffs may prefer to remember the brown-haired, baby-cheeked actress as Ron Howard's girlfriend in George Lucas' classic "American Graffiti" (1973). Since the early 1980s, she has remained active in sitcoms and occasional feature film roles.

Williams was born in Van Nuys, a modest suburban area of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. She made her first TV appearance on an episode of "Room 222" (ABC) in 1969 and another appearance on the show during the next season. By 1971, she had landed her first series, "The Funny Side" (NBC), doing sketch segments teamed with Michael Lembeck as a counter-culture young couple. Williams made two appearances on "Happy Days", the hit ABC series, in 1975 and the following year, ABC and the partnership of Tom Miller, Ed Milkis and Garry Marshall turned her character of Shirley Feeney and that of Laverne DeFazio (played by Marshall's sister, Penny) into "Laverne & Shirley", roommates working at a brewery hoping to find happiness and spouses. The sitcom went on to become the number one show on TV and helped propel the network to the top of the ratings. But it also spawned constant column and tabloid reports that Williams and Penny Marshall were feuding, that their agents were counting the lines their clients had, that Williams felt Marshall was "management" because her brother was executive producer, and her father and sister were also involved as producers on the show. Whatever the truth to all the backstage tales, the magic created by Williams and Penny Marshall on the small screen was real. Williams also provided the voice of Private Shirley Feeney as a private in the animated ABC series "Laverne & Shirley in the Army" (1981-82).

After leaving the series, Williams concentrated on her marriage to actor-musician Bill Hudson and the birth of their first child. Together, they starred in the 1986 ABC TV-movie "Help Wanted: Kids", about an ambitious couple who rent a boy and a girl to create a family for business purposes. In 1989, the concept was turned into a sitcom series for The Disney Channel, but did not last long. The following year, Williams was on the short-lived CBS series "Normal Life", as mother to Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa. She again tried sitcoms with "Getting By" (NBC, 1993-94), in which she and Telma Hopkins merged their single-parent families together to try to save money.

Williams has worked sporadically in TV-movies, including her debut in the genre "The Migrants" (CBS, 1974). She played a suburban mother who plots homicides with other mothers in "Menu for Murder" (CBS, 1990) and was one of the wives who want perfect spouses in "The Stepford Husbands" (CBS, 1996). Similarly, Williams' big screen career has not been extensive, but she has appeared in several films that earned critical acclaim and audience longevity. As a child, she had a small role in "The Blob" (1958) but did not have her first real acting role until "Gas-s-s!" (1971). Among her better-known roles are the hippie who takes some of the stuffiness out of Maggie Smith's nephew in "Travels With My Aunt" and Richard Dreyfuss' sister whose night with boyfriend Ron Howard is chronicled in "American Graffiti", a role she reprised in 1979 with "More American Graffiti". Williams had a key role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974), playing one of the pair Gene Hackman is supposed to track and then realizes is a killer. Other feature films have been far frothier, such as the forgettable "The First Nudie Musical" (1976) and "Bingo!" (1991), in which she is the mother of a boy who will do anything to own a dog. In 1996, she played the wife of a governor on Rodney Dangerfield's talk-show send-up, "Meet Wally Sparks". Williams also served as co-producer of (but did not appear in) both the 1991 Disney remake of "Father of the Bride" and its 1995 sequel. In an appearance on "The Charles Grodin Show" on CNBC following a 1995 "Laverne & Shirley Reunion", Williams and Penny Marshall pledged eternal camaraderie and scoffed at the reports from almost two decades earlier of ongoing strife on the set of the series. A potential feature film version of the sitcom was put into development by Marshall's company with Williams fully involved.

Relationships

Bechard J Williams

Father

William Hudson

Husband
Born October 17, 1949 married May 1, 1982 eldest of the Hudson Brothers formerly married to Goldie Hawn divorced in 2000

Kate Hudson Actor

Step-Daughter
Daughter of Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn; estranged from father

Emily Hudson

Daughter
Born Nobermber 3, 1982 father, William Hudson

Oliver Hudson Actor

Step-Son
Hudson's son from marriage to Goldie Hawn estranged from father

William Hudson

Son
Born April 9, 1986 father, William Hudson

Carol Ann Williams Actor

Sister

Frances Williams

Mother

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

The Actors Studio

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2007

Joined the cast of the Broadway musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" as Mrs. Tottendale

2004

Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)

2000

Made guest appearances on the Showtime series "Beggars and Choosers"

1996

Co-starred in feature film "Meet Wally Sparks"

1995

Reteamed with Penny Marshall for "The Laverne & Shirley Reunion" (ABC)

1993

Starred in the short-lived sitcom "Getting By"

1991

Co-produced feature film "Father of the Bride"

1989

Starred with husband in "Just Like Family" (Disney Channel)

1986

Played opposite husband Bill Hudson in TV-movie "Help Wanted: Kids" (ABC)

1981

Supplied voice of Shirley Feeney in animated "Laverne & Shirley in the Army"

1976

Starred as Shirley Feeney opposite Penny Marshall in the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley"

1974

Made TV-movie debut in "The Migrants"

1973

Played Ron Howard's girlfriend in "American Graffiti"

1970

Was teamed with Michael Lembeck as regulars on the NBC series "The Funny Side"

1969

Made film debut in "Gas-s-s!"

1968

Made TV acting debut in an episode of the ABC series "Room 222"

1958

Appeared as youngster in bit role in "The Blob"

Bonus Trivia

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"She cares more about other people than she does about herself." - Bill Hudson to People, 1989

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