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Overview (3)

Born in Van Nuys, California, USA
Birth NameCynthia Jane Williams
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cindy Williams was born Cynthia Williams in Van Nuys, California on August 22, 1947. The Leo is 5'4" and, during her first years on Laverne & Shirley (1976), weighed a dainty 105 lbs. The brown haired, blue-eyed female was born the daughter of Francesca Bellini and Beachard Williams. Her family was very poor (her father was an electronic technician), and Cindy grew up not in poverty, but close. She has one sister, Carol Ann Williams, and an older half-brother, Jim from her mother's first marriage. As a child, she dreamed of being an actress. She used to create and perform her own plays and, as she grew, she wished that one day, Debbie Reynolds would see her in one of those amateur shows and whisk her away and put her in a film. Another thing that brought fame to her eyes was her father (who was an alcoholic)'s imitations of comics like Jackie Gleason and Milton Berle. She worked as a waitress, while she auditioned for commercials, television guest spots, and feature films. Her first step to fame was a movie in which she tap danced with Gene Kelly. She also stepped on Mr. Kelly's foot and was "really embarrassed" as she states. She landed important film roles early in her career. First, the famed director George Cukor cast her in Travels with My Aunt (1972). Her next big role was for George Lucas in American Graffiti (1973), as Ron Howard's girlfriend, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actress. That led to Francis Ford Coppola casting her in The Conversation (1974). The three instant-classic films should have propelled her into movie stardom, but her career inexplicably hit a lull. She couldn't go back to working as a waitress, because she was too well-known. So, she was set up in a writing team with Penny Marshall and the girls were called by Penny's brother, Garry Marshall, to do a stint as two fast girls on Happy Days (1974). The public received them so warmly that Cindy soon got her own show (along with Penny) and was referred to everywhere as "Shirley Feeney". She earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in 1978. She left the show in '82 due to a pregnancy from husband Bill Hudson who had previously been married to actress Goldie Hawn. She gave birth to daughter Emily and later gave birth to a son Zachary in 1986. She has gone on to make a few movies, help produce "The Father Of The Bride" movies with husband Bill, but they later divorced in 2000. She did Jenny Craig commercials and acted on guest spots on the TV show For Your Love (1998) and reunited with Penny Marshall several times on television. In 2015, her memoir Shirley, I Jest! (co-written with Dave Smitherman) was published.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ashley Phipps LavernShrl@aol.com

Spouse (1)

Bill Hudson (1 May 1982 - 13 December 2000) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Attended and graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA (1965). Sally Field and Michael Ovitz were her classmates.
Favorite actress is Debbie Reynolds.
Was on the bowling and volleyball teams in high school.
Attended Los Angeles City College, where she majored in theatre arts.
Wrote with Penny Marshall before acting with her.
Has two children: Emily (born 1982) and Zachary (born 1986).
Ex-sister-in-law of Mark Hudson and Brett Hudson.
Ex-stepmother of Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson.
Sister of Carol Ann Williams.
Auditioned for the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which went to Carrie Fisher.
Best known by the public for her role as Shirley Feeney on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976).
Attended the "Hollywood Collector's Celebrity Show" at Beverly Garland's Holliday Inn, in North Hollywood, CA.
In 2000 a senior research fellow at MIT, who also has the name Cindy Williams, wrote an op-ed article submitted to "The Washington Post" in which she questioned a proposed 25% pay raise for the military. Many people since then have incorrectly assumed that the person who wrote the article was this Cindy Williams, not the MIT Cindy Williams, and she has been trying to correct that misconception ever since, which has resulted in her receiving criticism and even hate mail.
Parents are Beachard Williams and Francesca Bellini.
Former waitress at the House of Pancakes.
Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. on August 12, 2004.
Directed by five Academy Award winners: Roger Corman, Jack Nicholson, George Cukor, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.
Attended the LACC Theater Academy. Other alumni include Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Mark Hamill, Donna Reed and Rene Michelle Aranda.

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