Angel Face

Term of endearment used by Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa (Eddie Mekka) for his semi-steady girlfriend Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) on the sitcom LAVERNE & SHIRLEY/ABC/1976-83 set in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


Shirley’s nickname at work (Shotz Brewery) was “wait-for-the-wedding-night-Feeney.” Shirley’s mom nicknamed her “Dimples.”

Shirley Feeney was a single Milwaukee beer factory worker who shared a basement apartment with her life-long friend Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall).


Besides her boyfriend and her roommate, Laverne Shirley’s next best friend was Boo-Boo Kitty. When Shirley felt blue or depressed, Boo-Boo Kitty was always there to listen to her troubles. At bedtime, the only one to share Shirley’s bed was Boo-Boo Kitty – for Shirley had pledged to stay a virgin until her wedding night.

Eventually, Shirley married an Army medic stationed overseas named Walter Meany.

See also – “The Big Ragoo”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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