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Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, played by Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, respectively, was one of the most successful "Happy Days" spinoffs. Right up there in popularity, the show was set in the same time period, and "Laverne and Shirley" were introduced to the world as friends of "Happy Days'" Fonzie. The Fonz even occasionally appeared on "Laverne and Shirley."
We know how Penny Marshall got her role as Laverne: she was the sister of the show's creator, Garry Marshall. But Cindy Williams was almost lost to her role as Shirley. Williams originally declined to play Shirley in the "Happy Days" spinoff, but she eventually came around. Thank goodness! We can't imagine the roles of these two engaging characters being played by anyone else.
Creator, Garry Marshall, was also known for his work directing "Pretty Woman" and Runaway Bride as well as bringing Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" to the small screen (yes, we mean television). Clearly, Marshall had a golden touch.
"Laverne and Shirley" ran for eight seasons and 178 episodes and remains a popular syndicated show today.
See if you can ace this "Laverne and Shirley" quiz.
Laverne and Shirley were introduced on Happy Days as acquaintances of Fonzie.
"L" for Laverne of course! She was also known for wearing poodle skirts on the show.
This was the hometown of executive producer Thomas L. Miller.
This is the first stanza of the theme song. It continues, "We're gonna make our dreams come true, doin' it our way!"
Carmine Ragusa was portrayed by Eddie Mekka, born Rudolph Edward Mekjian of Armenian parents in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Laverne DeFazio was born of Italian immigrant parents.
Penny Marshall appeared in all 178 episodes of Laverne & Shirley.
Cindy Williams, now in her 70s, published a memoir in 2015 titled "Shirley, I Jest!"
Squiggy worked and lived with Lenny above Laverne & Shirley.
Shirley Feeney is the more perky and positive one of the duo!
"Making Our Dreams Come True was performed by Cyndi Grecco. This was her one-hit wonder.
Laverne & Shirley ran for a total of 178 episodes over 8 seasons!
"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight; shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated; we're gonna do it!"
Around the same time on ABC was also Charlie's Angels and Three's Company.
Laverne & Shirley premiered on January 27, 1976!
Burbank is located 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, California.
Laverne & Shirley was set beginning in about 1958 and with each new season, another year passed. By the time the show ended it was about 1967.
His full name is Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski.
Lavern is a tough-talking girl who grew up in Brooklyn.
Frank DeFazio is played by Phil Foster. He died on July 8, 1985 at the age of 73.
Squiggy was portrayed by actor David Lander. He appeared in 156 of the 178 episodes.
He says "Hello!" in a comical voice.
Golden Gloves is amateur boxing competition in the United States.
Laverne's father loves her very much and shows much protection over Shirley as well.
In the final episode of the series, Carmine finally lands a major role in a musical on Broadway - Hair.
Rhonda Lee becomes a regular character on the show after they move to Burbank, often bursting into their apartment unannounced.
Sonny St. Jacques is a stuntman, tall, handsome and muscular, often seen with his shirt off or open!
Edna Babish DeFazio was a 5-time divorced landlady. She was written out of the show for its final seasons as having left Frank!
This was a 30-minute Saturday morning series featuring the voices of Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. It aired for one season only.
Big Rosie Greenbaum was Laverne & Shirley's childhood nemesis.
Penny Marshall said this was a real-life favorite concoction of hers!
They worked at a department store while Frank and Edna managed a Texas BBQ restaurant.
Fabiano Anthony Forte was an American singer and actor who became a teen idol in the late 50s and early 60s.
Cindy Williams wanted Paramount to accommodate a list of demands related to her pregnancy and childbirth. When they declined, she filed a $20 million lawsuit against them which they settled out of court. Williams was released from her contract and written out of the show.
Laverne's boyfriend Randy Carpenter was a MIlkwaukee firefighter. He was played by actor Ted Danson!