Cheryl Walker in Stage Door Canteen (1943)
August 1, 1918|
South Pasadena, California
|Died||October 24, 1971
Cheryl Walker (August 1, 1918 – October 24, 1971) was an American fashion model and actress.
Life and career
Born in South Pasadena, California to Everett Dale and Pauline S. Walker, Cheryl Walker won the 1938 Tournament of Roses pageant leading to a brief career as a model and the beginning of a brief film career. She appeared in small, uncredited roles in several films from 1938 until her first substantial role in Chasing Trouble (1940) with Frankie Darro. She briefly took the name Sharon Lee for the film Secrets of a Model (1940) which provided her first starring role, before returning to minor roles. She was Veronica Lake's "double" in the film Sullivan's Travels (1941), and was the female lead in Shadows on the Sage (1942). She also was Claudette Colbert's stand-in on No Time for Love. Her most substantial role was in Stage Door Canteen (1943) in which she played a hostess at the canteen who meets and falls in love with a serviceman. She continued appearing in films for the next few years until her retirement in 1948.
In the late 1950s, Walker traveled throughout Southern California giving speeches to civic and church groups on "the menace of communism". She belonged to the San Marino Republican Women's Club and co-founded and was president of the Tuesday Morning Study Club which presented annual patriotism awards to anti-communist activists such as George Putnam, Baxter Ward, Matt Cvetic, Chief William Parker, Congressman Donald Jackson, and Jenkin Lloyd Jones. 
On December 16, 1940 she married Dr. Jay Etzell Coumbe; they had one daughter, Dayle. They later divorced. She married, secondly, to Tway W. Andrews, who survived her. She died of cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.
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