3. “Bossy and Narcissistic”
Marshall goes on to describe the stars in his autobiography in somewhat unflattering terms.“Penny and Cindy thought that they knew more than anyone else and that the writing staff was without talent… the writers… thought Penny and Cindy were mean, too young to be so bossy, and narcissistic.”
4. Different Accounts
Cindy Williams almost turned down the part of Shirley. Why? Depends who you ask. Penny Marshall claims Williams was worried that the show would damage her film career, Garry Marshall claims she didn’t want to do a sitcom, while Williams herself claims that Penny had previously left her hanging on a writing project the two were working on, and she was leery of working with her again. Either way, she eventually took the part.
5. Instant Hit
Laverne and Shirley debuted on January 27, 1976 and was the #1 show of the week. It quickly became one of television’s biggest success stories.