Shirley, I Jest

Finished Shirley, I Jest by Cindy Williams.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Cindy Williams, best-known as half of the comedic duo of Laverne & Shirley, has had a wild and lively career in show biz. After spending years waiting tables, she landed her first big break with a role in American Graffiti as Ron Howard’s long-suffering girlfriend. This book is an engaging and heartfelt journey from Williams’s blue collar roots to her unexpected stardom—from being pranked by Jim Morrison at the Whisky a Go Go to the emotional rollercoaster of celebrity.”

Shirley, I Jest is basically a who’s who of famous people from the last few years.  While a large chunk of the book is devoted to Cindy Williams’ time on Laverne & Shirley, there are also some stories from American Graffiti and The Conversation, plus information on her brief encounters with Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Cary Grant (!!!!!!!).  Like some other celebrity books I’ve read recently, this also doesn’t really get into salacious gossip.  It’s more like examples of famous people I like being decent people.  (This makes me really happy; I don’t want to live in a world where celebs I like turn out to be horrible.)

This book is also an incredibly fast read—partially because it’s about 200 pages, including pictures, but mostly because it reads like Cindy Williams is just talking to the reader, sharing stories and conversations.

This is easily my favorite celebrity memoir.  It’s incredibly short (unfortunately) but thorough, and I hope there will be another volume at some point.

Highly recommended.




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