Cheryl Ladd

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Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd 2b.jpg
Cheryl Ladd in 2007
Born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 63)
Huron, South Dakota, U.S.
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) David Ladd (1973–1980) 1 child
Brian Russell (1981–present)
Children Jordan Ladd (b. 1975)
Website
www.cherylladd.com

Cheryl Ladd (born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor; July 12, 1951) is an American actress, singer and author. Ladd is best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the television series Charlie's Angels, hired amid a swirl of publicity prior to its second season in 1977 to replace the departing Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Ladd remained with the show until its cancellation in 1981.

Personal life[edit]

Ladd was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, South Dakota to parents of German descent,[citation needed] the second daughter of Dolores (née Katz), a waitress, and Marion Stoppelmoor (1929–2001), a railroad engineer.[1] She married fellow actor David Ladd, with whom she had a daughter, Jordan.[2] She took his surname as her own, which she kept after their divorce. Her niece is Cowboys cheerleader Ashley Marie. She has been married to music producer Brian Russell since 1981, and has a stepdaughter, Lindsay Russell. Ladd is a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit Childhelp.

Career[edit]

Cheryl Ladd, 1977

Ladd initially came to Hollywood in 1970 to begin a career in music (she was known as "Cherie Moor" when she was the singing voice of Melody on Hanna-Barbera's Josie and the Pussycats animated series).[3] She soon began to land non-singing roles in commercials and episodic television—including guest appearances on shows such as The Rookies, The Partridge Family and Happy Days. The Charlie's Angels series made her an overnight star, and Ladd took the opportunity of her sudden popularity to further pursue her musical interests, guest-starring in musical-comedy variety series and specials, performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl XIV in January 1980, and releasing three albums, enjoying a Top 40 Hot 100 single and a Gold record.[4] In September 2000, Ladd starred on Broadway, taking over the title role from Bernadette Peters in a revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. She played the role until January 2001, when Reba McEntire took over.[5]

Following Charlie's Angels, Ladd remained a familiar face on television and has starred in more than 30 made for television films, including a coveted role as Grace Kelly, the Philadelphia heiress who became a Hollywood glamour girl and then a European princess, in a biopic that was begun shortly before Kelly's death. She also starred in feature films such as Purple Hearts, Millennium, Poison Ivy (featuring Drew Barrymore, who later starred in the film adaptations of Charlie's Angels) and Permanent Midnight. Ladd had the lead role in the television series One West Waikiki (1994–96), and made guest appearances in other TV shows such as Charmed, Hope and Faith and CSI: Miami. From 2003 until the show's cancellation in 2008, Ladd played Jillian Deline, the wife of the lead character Ed Deline (James Caan), in 29 episodes of the television drama Las Vegas.

In 1996, Ladd published a children's book, The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship. In 2005, she published Token Chick: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing With the Boys, an autobiographical book which focused on her love of golf. For several years, Ladd hosted a golf tournament sponsored by Buick.

On April 17, 2010, Ladd, along with her co-angel, Jaclyn Smith, accepted the "2010 TV Land Pop Culture Award" for Charlie's Angels.[6]

In 2010, Ladd filmed a TV movie titled Love's Everlasting Courage for the Hallmark Channel, which aired on October 1, 2011.[7] That same month, she guest starred on NCIS in the show's ninth season episode "Thirst" as the love interest of medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard.[8] In December 2011, she guest starred in an episode of Chuck, playing Sarah Walker's mother.[9]

Album Discography[edit]

Cheryl Ladd in 2001

All albums were released on Capitol Records.

  • Josie and the Pussycats (1970)
  • Cheryl Ladd (1978): The single "Think It Over" peaked at #34 on the Billboard music chart in the United States. The track "Walking In The Rain" was used as an ending song for Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as a single, while the song "I'll Never Love This Way Again" was recorded by Dionne Warwick the following year. The album reached #129.
  • Dance Forever (1979): The title track was also the closing theme of Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as an EP, while the song "Where Is Someone To Love Me" was the theme of a Japanese whisky TV commercial featuring Ladd herself. The album reached #179 in the United States.
  • Take a Chance (1981, in Japan)
  • You Make It Beautiful (1982, mini album in Tokyo, Japan)

Single Discography[edit]

Issued Title Label Release Catalogue No.
1970 Every Beat Of My Heart/It's All Right With Me (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Capitol Records 45 rpm 2967
Inside, Outside, Upside Down/A Letter To Mama (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record CP-58
Josie/With Every Beat Of My Heart (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record CP-59
Voodoo/If This Isn't Love (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record CP-60
It's Gotta Be Him/I Wanna Make You Happy (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record CP-61
1971 Stop Look And Listen/You've Come A Long Way Baby (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats) Capitol Records 45 rpm P-3045
1974 The Family/Mamma Don't Be Blue Warner Bros 45 rpm 7821
1976 Country Love/He's Looking More Everyday Like The Man Who Broke My Heart Capitol Records 45 rpm 4215
1978 Think It Over/Here Is A Song 4599
Good Good Lovin'/Skinnydippin' 4650
Skinnydippin'(Extended Version)/Skinnydippin'(Extended Version) 12" Promo Single SPRO-8894
Walking In The Rain/I'll Come Running Capitol Records Japan 45 rpm ECR-20516
1979 Missing You/Thunder In The Distance Capitol Records 4698
Missing You (Extended Version)/Missing You (Extended Version) 12" Promo Single SPRO-9096
Dance Forever/Missing You Capitol Records Japan 45 rpm ECR-20575
1980 Where Is Someone To Love Me/Just Like Old Times ECR-17013
1981 Just Another Lover Tonight/Television ECR-17205
Take A Chance/Victim Of The Circumstance ECR-17155
1982 Can't Say No To You/You Make It Beautiful (duet with Frankie Valli) Capitol Records B-5115
You Make It Beautiful (duet with Frankie Valli)/Can't Say No To You/Love And Passion/Sakura Sakura Capitol Records Japan EP ECS-41010

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970–1971 Josie and the Pussycats Melody Valentine TV series (as Cherie Moor); 8 episodes (singing voice)
1971 Chrome and Hot Leather Kathy (as Cherie Moor)
1972 The Ken Berry 'WOW' Show
1972 The Rookies Girl TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "The Good Die Young" (season 1, ep. 9); "The Wheel of Death" (season 1, ep. 20)
1972 Alexander Zwo Nelly TV series; "Das gestohlene Ich" (season 1, ep. 3)
1973 Harry O Teenage girl TV series (as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor); "Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On" (season 1, ep. 1)
1973 Ironside Gwen TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "A Game of Showdown" (season 6, ep. 23)
1972–1973 Search Amy Love TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "Flight to Nowhere" (season 1, ep. 10); "Let Us Pray" (season 1, ep. 12); "Suffer My Child" (season 1, ep. 22)
1973 Satan's School for Girls Jody Keller TV movie (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); co-starred with future "angel" colleague Kate Jackson
1973 The Partridge Family Johanna TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "Double Trouble" (season 4, ep. 6)
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Susan Ellen Morley TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "Blockade" (season 2, ep. 17)
1974 Happy Days Cindy Shea TV series; "Wish Upon a Star" (season 2, ep. 7)
1975 The Treasure of Jamaica Reef Zappy (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor)
1975 Switch Jill Lorimer TV series; "Death by Resurrection" (season 1, ep. 11)
1977 Police Woman Kate TV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor Ladd); "Silky Chamberlain" (season 3, ep. 22)
1977 Police Story Buffy TV series; "Prime Rib" (season 4, ep. 22)
1977 Code R Ruth Roberts TV series; "The Aliens" (season 1, ep. 12)
1977 The Fantastic Journey Natica TV series; "The Innocent Prey" (season 1, ep. 10)
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums Kris Munroe TV series; "The Angels and the Bums" (season 1, ep. 1)
1977-1981 Charlie's Angels Kris Munroe TV series; 87 episodes; replaced original "angel" Farrah Fawcett; second longest serving "angel" in the series (after Jaclyn Smith)
1979 Carol Burnett & Company TV series; Pilot
1979 When She Was Bad... Betina 'Teeny' Morgan TV movie
1983 The Hasty Heart Margaret TV movie
1983 Kentucky Woman Maggie Telford TV movie
1983 Grace Kelly Grace Kelly TV movie
1983 Now and Forever Jessie Clarke
1984 Purple Hearts Deborah Solomon
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Lily Parker TV movie
1985 A Death in California Hope Masters TV mini-series
1986 Crossings Liane DeVilliers TV mini-series
1987 Deadly Care Anne Halloran TV movie
1988 Bluegrass Maude Sage Breen TV movie
1989 The Fulfilment of Mary Gray Mary TV movie
1989 Millennium Louise Baltimore
1990 Jekyll & Hyde Sara Crawford TV movie
1990 The Girl Who Came Between Them Laura TV movie
1990 Lisa Katherine
1990 Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Diane Halstead TV movie
1991 Changes Melanie Adams TV movie
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Annie Gallagher TV movie
1992 Poison Ivy Georgie Cooper co-starred with Drew Barrymore
1993 Dead Before Dawn Linda TV movie
1993 Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back Pam Cheney TV movie
1994 Dancing with Danger Mary Dannon TV movie
1996 Kiss and Tell Jean McAvoy TV movie
1996 The Haunting of Lisa Ellen Downey TV movie
1994–1996 One West Waikiki Dawn 'Holli' Holliday M.E TV series; 20 episodes
1996 Vows of Deception Lucinda/Lucy Ann Michaels TV movie
1997 Ink Mercedes TV series; "The Black Book" (season 1, ep. 8)
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Connie Hoagland TV movie; co-starred with her daughter Jordan Ladd
1998 Permanent Midnight Pamela Verlaine
1998 Perfect Little Angels Elaine Freedman TV movie
1999 Jesse Mary Anne Myers TV series; "Crazy White Female" (season 1, ep. 15)
1999 Michael Landon, the Father I Knew Lynn Noe Landon TV movie
1999 A Dog of Flanders Anna
1999–2000 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Berg's mom TV series; "Foul Play" (season 3, ep. 8); "The Undercard" (season 3, ep. 23)
2002 Her Best Friend's Husband Jane Thornton TV movie
2003 Charmed Doris Bennett TV series; "The Day the Magic Died" (season 5, ep. 15)
2004 Hope & Faith Mary Jo Johnson Fairfield TV series; "9021-Uh-Oh" (season 2, ep. 10)
2004 Eve's Christmas Diane Simon TV movie
2006 Though None Go with Me Elizabeth Bishop TV movie
2003–2008 Las Vegas Jillian Deline TV series; 29 episodes
2008 Baggage Sarah Murphy
2009 CSI: Miami Amanda Collins TV series; "Bolt Action" (season 8, ep. 3)
2011 Love's Everlasting Courage Irene TV movie
2011 NCIS Mary Courtney TV series; "Thirst" (season 9, ep. 6)
2011 Chuck Emma TV series; "Chuck Versus the Baby" (season 5, ep. 8)
2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mrs. Clause Direct-to-DVD
2014 The Perfect Wave Mrs. McCormack (mom)

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