Globe Pequot / Lyons Press
Trim: 6 x 9⅛
978-1-63076-012-0 • Hardback • May 2015 • $22.95 • (£17.99)
978-1-63076-268-1 • Paperback • September 2017 • $14.95 • (£11.99)
978-1-63076-013-7 • eBook • April 2015 • $11.99 • (£8.99)
Cindy Williams is an actress and comedian who has starred in some of the most notable movies and television programs in entertainment history, including Laverne & Shirley and AmericanGraffiti. She still loves her theater roots and has performed in many shows across the country in addition to starring on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone. She lives mirthfully in Southern California.
Versatile actress and comedienne Williams had a challenging childhood: strained finances, a hard-working mother, and a father who struggled with alcohol. Her love of acting began early, and while studying and pursuing her career she waitressed at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go and worked in a bank—each job provides humorous vignettes. Her recollections of auditions and eccentric episodes with film roles and guest TV appearances are equally entertaining. The iconic television series Laverne & Shirley, in which Williams starred with Penny Marshall, is a highlight, with stories ranging from the antics of the superb ensemble cast to the physical comedy to the rise of Boo Boo Kitty. Although Williams was famous and worked with such top names as director George Lucas and actors Ron Howard and Harrison Ford, she emerges here as a trusted friend sharing a funny tale or an embarrassing moment. Those seeking a behind-the-scenes tell-all will not find it. Instead, readers will enjoy an honest memoir penned with comic flair. Fans of Williams will certainly enjoy this book. Numerous photographs and an engaging foreword by Ed Begley Jr., enhance the text. For large circulating libraries and entertainment collections.
— Library Journal
If you’re a fan of Cindy Williams, one half of the comedic duo, Laverne & Shirley, you will have to wait one month to pick up a copy of Shirley, I Jest! A Storied Life by Cindy with Dave Smitherman, relating her life from her blue collar roots to unexpected stardom. . . . This is a . . . quintessential American story of success and she earned it. . . . What makes her book so delightful is that she never took herself or her fame that seriously, demonstrating throughout her wonderful sense of humor while sharing amusing anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood.
Even if you don't know who Laverne and Shirley are, Shirley, I Jest! will . . . capture your interest throughout this read.
— Feathered Quill
Shirley, readers will laugh.
Cindy Williams: talented in everything she does. Writing her first book is NO exception . . . get ready to enjoy.
— Henry Winkler
Cindy's book brings back a lot of great personal memories, but it also entertained the hell out of me. The lady can write!
— Ron Howard
A great read—I couldn’t put it down. Not a word of it is true. Cindy who?
— Harrison Ford
Cindy Williams has the comedic timing of Lucille Ball and the physical prowess of Dick Van Dyke. She's one of our best!
— Suzanne Somers
You thought she could act, well, wait and see how well she writes. Great book by a great friend.
— Penny Marshall
What can I say about my best friend? She is hysterically funny, loves dogs, and over-tips. Get ready to go on the wonderful roller coaster ride that is Cindy Williams's life.
— Lynne Stewart
In this delightfully amusing memoir, Williams, best known for her role as Shirley in the 1970s sitcom Laverne and Shirley, take readers on a lightning-quick tour of her life and career. She walks readers through her childhood. . . .Williams recounts her various acting experiences, such working on American Graffiti with George Lucas, but also discusses the lean times before her big break when she nearly quick acting. She provides endearing stories featuring such celebrities as Johnny Carson, Cary Grant, and Bob Dylan, her music idol. Williams presents herself as genuine, witty, and down to earth, and her personality comes across on every page.
— Publishers Weekly