7 Things You Didn’t Know About Laverne & Shirley
5. I Love Lucy
Creator Garry Marshall, who had worked with Lucille Ball on The Lucy Show, envisioned the show as a ‘70s version of I Love Lucy. At the time, no one was doing low physical comedy on television and he saw an opportunity.
When Cindy Williams (who played Shirley) got pregnant in 1982, her then manager and husband, Bill Hudson, presented Paramount with a list of demands to accommodate her pregnancy, which they refused. Williams left the series after the second episode in season eight and she sued Paramount for $20 million because they had initially told her that they would write her pregnancy into the show and then changed their minds. The lawsuit was settled out of court and Williams’ character was written out of the series.