Cheryl Holdridge

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Cheryl Holdridge
Cheryl Holdridge MMC 1957.jpg
Born Cheryl Lynn Phelps
(1944-06-20)June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died January 6, 2009(2009-01-06) (aged 64)
Santa Monica, California, U.S
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Other names Cheryl Reventlow Post
Education Van Nuys High School
Grant High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–2000
Spouse(s)

Lance Reventlow (m. 1964–72)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974–88)

Manning J. Post (m. 1994–2000)

Cheryl Holdridge (June 20, 1944 – January 6, 2009)[1] was an American actress, best known as an original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Early life[edit]

Holdridge was born Cheryl Lynn Phelps in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother, Julie A. Phelps (October 19, 1908 – October 24, 2003), was a dancer who performed on Broadway with her partner, Dick Mason; her biological father has not been identified. Shortly after she was born, Holdridge moved with her mother to Burbank, California. In 1950, her mother married Herbert Charles Holdridge, a retired Brigadier General active in fringe political movements. He adopted her in 1953 and gave her his surname.[2] Holdridge grew up in Sherman Oaks. She started dance lessons from an early age with Joyce Cole in North Hollywood, from whom she learned ballet and tap.

Career[edit]

Holdridge first performed professionally at the age of nine, when she landed a role in the New York City Ballet's version of The Nutcracker in Los Angeles. Her first screen appearance was as an uncredited extra in the 1956 film production of Carousel.

She auditioned for Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club in the spring of 1956, was hired, and joined the club's "Red Team"—the most visible and popular of the Mouseketeers. Though a good dancer, her weak singing voice kept her in the background of most musical numbers performed by the Mouseketeers. A competent actress with a pleasant speaking voice, she was employed for two of the show's episodic serials: Boys of the Western Sea and Annette.

After the show's run ended, Cheryl returned to Van Nuys High School and graduated from Grant High School with the winter 1961 class. She was cast in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver in 1959 as 'Gloria Cusick'; she later played an occasional, recurring role as Wally Cleaver's girlfriend, Julie Foster.

From 1960, Holdridge made guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Holdridge left acting abruptly in 1964 to marry race car driver Lance Reventlow, to whom she was wed until his death in 1972. After the death of her third husband, Holdridge made a cameo appearance in the 2000 feature film, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. In 2005, she appeared at Disneyland for 50th anniversary celebrations of both the opening of the park and The Mickey Mouse Club. She was cast in televised documentary specials about Cary Grant (2005) and Barbara Hutton (2006), and has also appeared in a special feature interview for a Disney DVD.

Personal life[edit]

Relationships and marriages[edit]

In May 1960, Holdridge went on a live tour to Australia with other former Mouseketeers. While there, she became involved with Lucky Starr, an Australian singer.[3] She was later linked in fan magazines and gossip columns with many other celebrities, including Elvis Presley.

Holdridge's first marriage was to sportsman and athlete Lance Reventlow, the only child of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; his father was a Danish count. Reventlow, a pilot, died in the crash of a small plane in 1972 in which he was a passenger.

Her second husband was Albert James "Jim" Skarda. They married in 1974. He ran a car rental service in Aspen, Colorado.[4] Her third husband, Manning J. Post (January 3, 1918[5] - March 13, 2000), was active in Democratic politics in California. He died at the age of eighty-two.[6] All of her marriages were childless.

Philanthropy[edit]

Holdridge was a long-time supporter of environmental causes and charities including the Children's Burn Foundation for which she served as a Council Member, and with her third marriage became more active in fund-raising events.

Death[edit]

Holdridge died on January 6, 2009 from lung cancer.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1956 Carousel Young Girl #2 Uncredited
1959 A Summer Place Girl in dormitory at Briarwood School for Girls Uncredited
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Genevieve
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1956–1958 The Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Cheryl
1957–1980 The Wonderful World of Disney Mouseketeer Cheryl 2 episodes
1958 Walt Disney Presents: Annette Madge Markham 2 episodes
1959–1963 Leave It to Beaver Gloria Cusick
Julie Foster
8 episodes
1960–1961 Bachelor Father Lila Meredith 3 episodes
1960–1964 My Three Sons Judy Doucette
Juliet Johnson
3 episodes
1961 Westinghouse Playhouse Mona Morgan 1 episode
Bringing Up Buddy Sharon 1 episode
1962 Life with Archie Betty Television Pilot
1961–1962 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Joyce Maynard
Norma Lane
4 episodes
1962 The Rifleman Sally Walker 1 episode
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Daphne Winsett 1 episode
King of Diamonds Chick Hendricks 1 episode
Dennis the Menace Helen Franklin 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show Pat Walker 1 episode
1963 Hawaiian Eye Mary Anne Sayer 1 episode
Ripcord Angie Carter 1 episode
1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show Joan Delroy "The Third One from the Left"
Mr. Novak Betty "The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."
Dr. Kildare Nurse Reynolds "Quid Pro Quo"
The Eleventh Hour Judy Gormley 2-part episode, "Does My Mother Have to Know?"
Wagon Train Annabelle "The Race Town Story"
Bewitched Liza Randall "The Girl Reporter"
1984–1987 The New Leave It to Beaver Julie Foster 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheryl Holdridge, a Mouseketeer Known for Her Smile, Dies at 64". The New York Times. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ Retired General Adopts Daughter of His Wife,Los Angeles Times,March 14, 1953, pg 12
  3. ^ Forever Hold Your Banner High, by Jerry Bowles, 1976, pg 65 ISBN 0-385-11622-5
  4. ^ "Did you know?". Star-News (Pasadena, California). 3 July 1977. 
  5. ^ Social Security Death Index
  6. ^ Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party’s Candidates for 40 Years
  7. ^ "Cheryl Holdridge dies at 64; popular Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2009. 

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