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in The Mickey Mouse Club (1957)
|Born||Cheryl Lynn Phelps
June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||January 6, 2009
Santa Monica, California, U.S
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Other names||Cheryl Reventlow Post|
|Education||Van Nuys High School
Grant High School
(m. 1964; d. 1972)
Albert James Skarda
(m. 1974; div. 1988)
Manning J. Post
(m. 1994; d. 2000)
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; Cheryl's biological father is unidentified. Shortly after Cheryl was born, Julie moved with her new daughter to Burbank, California. In 1950, Julie married Herbert Charles Holdridge, a retired Brigadier General active in fringe political movements. He adopted Cheryl in 1953 and gave her his surname. Cheryl grew up in Sherman Oaks. She started dance lessons at an early age with Joyce Cole in North Hollywood, from whom she learned ballet and tap.
Holdridge first performed professionally at the age of nine 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 for 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, Holdridge 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.
Holdridge retired from acting 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.
Relationships and marriages
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. 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 playboy Lance Reventlow, the only child of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; his father was a Danish count. During their 1964 honeymoon in Hawaii, Holdridge became the last mouseketeer to visit with the show's original host, Jimmie Dodd, before Dodd's death from cancer. 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. Her third husband, Manning J. Post (January 3, 1918 - March 13, 2000), was active in Democratic politics in California. He died at the age of eighty-two. All of her marriages were childless.
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.
|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|
|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
|1960–1961||Bachelor Father||Lila Meredith||4 episodes|
|1960–1964||My Three Sons||Judy Doucette
|1961||Westinghouse Playhouse||Mona Morgan||Episode: "A Date for Buddy"|
|1961||Bringing Up Buddy||Sharon||Episode: "Buddy and the Teenager"|
|1962||Life with Archie||Betty||Television pilot|
|1961–1962||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Joyce Maynard
|1962||The Rifleman||Sally Walker||Episode: "Young Man's Fancy"|
|1962||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Daphne Winsett||Episode: "The Big Blunder and Egg Man"|
|1962||King of Diamonds||Chick Hendricks||Episode: "Rain on Wednesday"|
|1962||Dennis the Menace||Helen Franklin||Episode: "Dennis' Lovesick Friend"|
|1962||The Donna Reed Show||Pat Walker||Episode: "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"|
|1963||Hawaiian Eye||Mary Anne Sayer||Episode: "Go Steady with Danger"|
|1963||Ripcord||Angie Carter||Episode: "The Inventor"|
|1964||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Joan Delroy||Episode: "The Third One from the Left"|
|1964||Mr. Novak||Betty||Episode: "The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Nurse Reynolds||Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"|
|1964||The Eleventh Hour||Judy Gormley||Episode: "Does My Mother Have to Know?" (Part 1 and 2)|
|1964||Wagon Train||Annabelle||Episode: "The Race Town Story"|
|1964||Episode: Bewitched||Liza Randall||"The Girl Reporter"|
|1984–1987||The New Leave It to Beaver||Julie Foster||2 episodes|
- "Cheryl Holdridge, a Mouseketeer Known for Her Smile, Dies at 64". The New York Times. January 10, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
- Retired General Adopts Daughter of His Wife, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1953, pg 12
- Forever Hold Your Banner High, by Jerry Bowles, 1976, pg 65 ISBN 0-385-11622-5
- "Did You Know?". Star-News (Pasadena, California). July 3, 1977.
- Social Security Death Index
- Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party’s Candidates for 40 Years
- "Cheryl Holdridge dies at 64; popular Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2009.
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