7 Things You Didn’t Know About Laverne & Shirley
3. On Set Drama
Initially there was tension on-set because Cindy Williams feared that Penny Marshall would get preferential treatment because her brother was one of the creators, so she demanded top billing. To appease both actresses, it was decided that both of their names would appear on the screen at the same time. While Marshall’s name appeared on the left side, William’s’ name was higher up on the right, but this wasn’t enough for Williams. In 1977, she complained to TV Guide that the writers gave Marshall more lines. Before long the two lead actresses were fighting over the square footage of their dressing rooms and the cast of Happy Days (whose set was situated right next to theirs) could sometimes hear the fighting on the next stage.
2. Feuding with the Writers
The writers and the actors did not always get along because Marshall and Williams would often argue with them over the number of lines their characters had. The writers would often jokingly brainstorm different ways that they could run down cast members with their cars and one Christmas, the writers handed out dart boards to the crew with Marshall and Williams’ faces on them.