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Laverne & Shirley Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

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The television industry is mourning the loss of a sitcom star. Cindy Williams, best known as Shirley Feeney in classic Laverne & Shirley, died on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles after a short illness, her family confirmed in a statement. She was 75.

The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed,” Williams’ children, Emily and Zak, said in the statement through their spokesperson to NBC News. “Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.

They continued, “We have always been, and will remain, SO proud of her for many things…her lifelong mission to rescue animals, her prolific artistry, her faith, and most of all, her ability to make the world laugh! May that laughter continue in everyone, because she would want that. Thank you for loving our Mom, she loved you too.
Williams, who was born in Los Angeles, first began her journey as Shirley in ’70s sitcom, Happy Days, where she and the late Penny Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio appeared briefly, but quickly became popular with viewers. The love was so strong that Happy Days creator Garry Marshall create spin-off Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 to 1982.

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Reflecting on the show’s success, Williams told Milwaukee Magazine last July why she thought the series resonated with people.

“Because we played everyday people. Blue collar workers,” she said. “We had things in common with everybody. We struggled to pay the rent, the electric bill, the gas bill. You know everybody can relate to that. We always wanted to maintain the sense that the wolf was always nipping at our characters’ heels and we were just one half step ahead.

Williams left the show after she became pregnant and following alleged on-set tension with Marshall, according to The Mercury News. However, Marshall—who died in 2018 at age 75—clarified in 2016 to Fox News that they had reconciled.

Asides from Laverne & Shirley, Williams had credits in movies American Graffiti and The Conversation, as well appearances on national tours for Grease and Deathtrap. Her first television performances were in Room 222, Nanny and the Professor and Love, American Style.

She wrote a memoir in 2017 titled Shirley, I Jest, where she detailed her life in show business. She also embarked on one-woman show, Me, Myself and Shirley, in 2022, where she recalled some of the best memories of creating Laverne & Shirley.

“It’s like sitting around the campfire, only I have a really nice evening jacket on,” she told NBC10 Philadelphia last year. “I think the best part of the show, to be honest, is the audience. I get a big kick when the audience laughs at things because I remember doing them. Cindy is survived by her two children Emily and Zak, who she shared with ex husband Bill Hudson.

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In other news – Robert Marawa joins Primedia airwaves

Primedia’s 947 listeners will soon have a familiar voice to commute to as it welcomes sportscaster, media personality, and author Robert Marawa.

Robert Marawa

CEO for Primedia Broadcasting Lindile Xoko signed an exclusive deal with the legendary sports commentator for his acclaimed sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (#MSW). Learn more

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Shallipopi announces break from smoking

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Nigerian singer Shallipopi has announced that he is taking a break from smoking. He shared this personal decision with his fans on social media, stating his commitment to making healthier lifestyle choices. The artist, known for his hit songs and unique style, received an outpouring of support from his followers, who commended him for prioritizing his health and well-being.

This move is seen as a positive step in his personal and professional life.

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Nigerian singer Crown Uzama, popularly known as Shallipopi, has announced he is currently taking a break from smoking. The ‘Pluto Presido’ hitmaker shared this update along with a vacation video on Snapchat. He also advised his fellow smokers to take occasional breaks from the habit. This decision highlights Shallipopi’s commitment to making healthier lifestyle choices and sets a positive example for his fans.

In other news-  I’m quitting music after my next album – Davido

Nigerian afrobeats singer David Adeleke, aka Davido, has hinted at quitting music. The ‘Unavailable’ crooner said he would quit music after his next album.

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Davido disclosed this on Thursday night while reacting to the recent pictures and videos doctored against him by some blogs. He claimed that some persons desperately want him out of the music industry. Read more

 

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Patoranking builds mini stadium for Lagos community

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Famous Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking, has built a mini football stadium in Lagos. Patoranking constructed the stadium in the community he grew up in the Ebute Metta area of the state.

Sharing the clip of the stadium on his Instagram page, the singer explained that he donated it to unite the community.While expressing his love for the community, Patoranking stated that he decided to give back to the place that shaped his early years.

 

“God blessed me and I blessed my people, I built this from a place of love to unite my community Ebute Metta. First of Many. World Best.

In other news – I’m tired of being single – Tolani Baj speaks out

Tolani Baj recently expressed her frustration about being single. The reality TV star and DJ shared her feelings on social media, lamenting the challenges of finding the right partner. Her candid post resonated with many of her followers, who offered support and shared their own experiences with being single.

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Tolani’s openness about her personal life highlights the universal struggle of seeking meaningful relationships in today’s world.  Read more

 

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I’m tired of being single – Tolani Baj speaks out

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Tolani Baj recently expressed her frustration about being single. The reality TV star and DJ shared her feelings on social media, lamenting the challenges of finding the right partner. Her candid post resonated with many of her followers, who offered support and shared their own experiences with being single. Tolani’s openness about her personal life highlights the universal struggle of seeking meaningful relationships in today’s world.

Tolani Baj

Abebe asked, “Are you sure that you’re putting yourself out there strategically? Tolanibaj replied, “I don’t care about strategy. This is the thing about Lagos. That’s why I said Lagos is dirty. Why do I’ve to be strategic? Why can’t a man just see me and say this is her, this is my rib that I’ve been looking for?

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“I’m beautiful, I don’t play games. I’m ready to be loved. I pray that in season 3 of this podcast my missing rib would have found me

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