As the 40th anniversary of Laverne & Shirley approaches on Jan. 27, the stars of the iconic show, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, speak exclusively to Closer Weekly to share behind-the-scenes memories from the set!
Penny reveals in the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now, that at times there was tension between the producers and the cast of the show.
Penny and Cindy agreed that the set of the show was too nice, so the duo deglamorized their characters' pad. “Our characters were poor,” Penny tells Closer. “We were two working-class gals.” Cindy says that “all hell broke loose” when the producers saw what they’d done. “But they finally agreed with us,” Cindy recalls to Closer.
Penny and Cindy in 1969. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The stars also argued with producers over wardrobe, too. “They had us in matching sweater sets,” Cindy tells Closer, “but Penny and I wore the same clothes over and over because Laverne and Shirley didn’t have money to buy so many things.”
The backstage tension continued throughout the years, as the two stars often clashed with each other. Cindy felt overshadowed by Penny (whose brother, Garry Marshall, ran the show) and quit the final season. Despite the hardships behind the scenes, Penny and Cindy both agree they were magic when the cameras rolled.
Penny and Cindy in 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“You don’t create chemistry, it just happens,” Cindy tells Closer. “We both thought in cartoon terms, and we were both physically agile. We got each other from the get-go.”
After their falling-out, Cindy and Penny didn’t speak for years, but eventually moved on and hang out often now. “I see and speak to Cindy all the time,” Penny tells Closer. Cindy adds, “We had our squabbles, but we were always there to make the audience laugh.”
For more on Laverne & Shirley’s 40th anniversary, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!