Cheryl Ladd in 2007
|Born||Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
July 12, 1951
Huron, South Dakota, United States
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
|Spouse(s)||David Ladd (1973–1980; 1 child)
Brian Russell (1981–present)
|Children||Jordan Ladd (b. 1975)
Lindsay Russell (stepdaughter)
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 ABC 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 who played Jill Munroe, the sister of Ladd's character. Ladd remained with the show until its cancellation in 1981.
Ladd was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, South Dakota, the second daughter of Dolores (née Katz), a waitress, and Marion Stoppelmoor (1929–2001), a railroad engineer. She married fellow actor David Ladd, with whom she had a daughter, Jordan. She took his surname as her own, which she kept after their divorce.
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.
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, and she also sang on the 1970 album of the same name). 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, Police Woman, and Happy Days.
Her big acting break came in 1977, when she was cast in the ABC television series, Charlie's Angels, replacing star Farrah Fawcett, who left the show after only one season to pursue a movie career. To make the transition easier for audiences, producers cast Ladd as Fawcett's character's younger sister, Kris, instantly making her a part of the "Angel's family". In the years to come, this practice of replacing Angels became a common event for the show, but Ladd remained a part of the main cast until the show's end in the spring of 1981. While starring in the highly rated Charlie's Angels, Ladd took advantage of her new-found popularity to further her musical career, 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 Billboard Hot 100 single and a gold record.
Following Charlie's Angels, Ladd remained a familiar face on television and has starred in more than 30 made-for-television films, including 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 appeared in a number of feature films, such as Purple Hearts (1984), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992) (featuring Drew Barrymore, who later starred in the film adaptations of Charlie's Angels), and Permanent Midnight (1998). 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.
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.
In 2010, Ladd filmed a TV movie titled Love's Everlasting Courage for the Hallmark Channel, which aired on October 1, 2011. 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. In December 2011, she guest-starred in an episode of Chuck, playing Sarah Walker's mother.
- Josie and the Pussycats (1970) Capitol Records.
- Cheryl Ladd (1978) Capitol Records. The single "Think It Over" peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 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 number 129 on the Billboard 200 chart.
- Dance Forever (1979) Capitol Records. 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 number 179 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States.
- Take a Chance (1981, in Japan) Capitol Records.
- You Make It Beautiful (1982, mini album in Tokyo, Japan) Capitol Records.
|1970||"Every Beat Of My Heart" b/w "It's All Right With Me" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)||Capitol Records||45 rpm||2967|
|"Inside, Outside, Upside Down" b/w "A Letter To Mama" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)||Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record||CP-58|
|"Josie" b/w "With Every Beat Of My Heart" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)||Kellogg's Cereal Promo Record||CP-59|
|"Voodoo" b/w "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" b/w "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" b/w "You've Come A Long Way Baby" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)||Capitol Records||45 rpm||P-3045|
|1974||"The Family" b/w "Mamma Don't Be Blue"||Warner Bros||45 rpm||7821|
|1976||"Country Love" b/w "He's Looking More Everyday Like The Man Who Broke My Heart"||Capitol Records||45 rpm||4215|
|1978||"Think It Over" b/w "Here Is A Song"||4599|
|"Good Good Lovin'" b/w "Skinnydippin"||4650|
|"Skinnydippin'"(Extended Version) b/w "Skinnydippin'"(Extended Version)||12" Promo Single||SPRO-8894|
|"Walking in the Rain" b/w "I'll Come Running"||Capitol Records Japan||45 rpm||ECR-20516|
|1979||"Missing You" b/w "Thunder In The Distance"||Capitol Records||4698|
|"Missing You" (Extended Version) b/w "Missing You" (Extended Version)||12" Promo Single||SPRO-9096|
|"Dance Forever" b/w "Missing You"||Capitol Records Japan||45 rpm||ECR-20575|
|1980||"Where Is Someone To Love Me" b/w "Just Like Old Times"||ECR-17013|
|1981||"Just Another Lover Tonight" b/w "Television"||ECR-17205|
|"Take A Chance" b/w "Victim Of The Circumstance"||ECR-17155|
|1982||"Can't Say No To You" b/w "You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli)||Capitol Records||B-5115|
|"You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli) b/w "Can't Say No To You/Love And Passion/Sakura Sakura"||Capitol Records Japan||EP||ECS-41010|
|1970–1971||Josie and the Pussycats||Melody Valentine (singing)||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||Herself||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||Herself||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 miniseries|
|1986||Crossings||Liane DeVilliers||TV miniseries|
|1987||Deadly Care||Anne Halloran||TV movie|
|1988||Bluegrass||Maude Sage Breen||TV movie|
|1989||The Fulfilment of Mary Gray||Mary||TV movie|
|1990||Jekyll & Hyde||Sara Crawford, née Lanyon||TV movie|
|1990||The Girl Who Came Between Them||Laura||TV movie|
|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||Holiday 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. Claus||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2014||The Perfect Wave||Mrs. McCormack (mom)|
|2014||Anger Management||Joanne||TV series; "Charlie Gets Tied Up with a Catholic Girl" (season 2, ep. 88)|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Tina Harvey||TV series; "Breakfast of Champions" (season 3, ep. 4)|
|2015||Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress||Helen Whitney Carter||TV movie|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||Linell Shapiro||TV series; 4 episodes|
|2017||Ballers||Mayor of Las Vegas||TV series; "Bull Rush" (season 3, ep. 2)|
|2017||A Royal New Year's Eve||Abigail||TV movie|
- Cheryl Ladd Biography (1951–) at Film Reference
- "Jordan Ladd Biography (1975–)". filmreference.com.
- "Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #13: Josie and The Pussy Cats". ToonBarn.
- de Arakal, Byron (Oct 1981). "Cheryl". Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. pp. 19–24. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- Mansour, David (2011). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 79. ISBN 9780740793073. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
- "Lost in the '70s: Cheryl Ladd, "Think It Over"". Popdose.
- "New Star Fills the Balcony, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly; A Familiar Face Can Rejuvenate a Musical". The New York Times. 2001. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- "TV Land – TV Land Award Pop Culture Award: Charlie's Angels – Facebook". facebook.com.
- "Cheryl Ladd as Irene on Love's Everlasting Courage – Hallmark Channel". Hallmark Channel.
- "NCIS: Thirst". TV.com. CBS Interactive.
- "'Chuck' Season 5 News: Meet Sarah Walker's Angelic Mom". buddytv.com.
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