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Cindy Williams, center, reacts to seeing her star on the Walk of Fame during a ceremony in Los Angeles on August 12, 2004. Flanking Williams are Johnny Grant, Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, left, and Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president. Penny Marshall and Williams from the television series, "Laverne and Shirley", are the 2,258th and 2,259th stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (UPI Photo/Francis Specker)
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Cynthia Jane "Cindy" Williams (born August 22, 1947) is an American actress best known for starring in the television situation-comedy series Laverne & Shirley, in the role of "Shirley Feeney". Although praised for her portrayal of Shirley, she left the show after the 2nd episode of the show's eighth and final season. She is also known for her role as Laurie Henderson in the classic film American Graffiti.

Williams was born in Van Nuys, California, to John and Lillie Williams. She has a sister, Carol Ann Williams. She graduated from Birmingham High School. Among her classmates were philanthropist and financier Michael Milken and fellow actress Sally Field. Cindy also attended Los Angeles City College and went on to become a movie actress in the early 1970s. She has appeared in 19 movies.

After college, she 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.

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