Cheryl Ladd (Actress) - Charlie's Angels
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Updated: 2/28/19

Name: Cheryl Ladd

Birth Name: Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor

Born: July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota, USA

Claim To Fame: Cheryl Ladd is an American actress, singer and author best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the ABC television series Charlie's Angels. She was hired for its second season in 1977 to replace Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Family Life: Ladd 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 then married music producer Brian Russell in 1981 and has a stepdaughter, Lindsay Russell.

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Info: Ladd 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).

In 1978, a listener wrote into Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" radio show, requesting a long-distance dedication (a weekly feature) to Cheryl, asking her to his high school prom. She personally telephoned the boy with her regrets and he thought it was his friends playing a prank. The song in question, Cheryl's "Think It Over", peaked at #36.

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.

Released albums Josie and the Pussycats, Cheryl Ladd, Dance Forever, Take a Chance and You Make It Beautiful. She had a top-40 Billboard Hot 100 single and a gold record.

Ladd and her husband enjoy designing and building luxury homes.

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Trivia: Was considered for the role eventually played by Meredith Baxter on Family (1976), which is how she came to producer Aaron Spelling's attention for Charlie's Angels (1976).

In 1977, Ladd wore a T-shirt that read "Farrah Fawcett Minor" to her first day on the set of Charlie's Angels.

In 1996, Ladd published a children's book titled 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.

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.

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

Where Are They Now: Ladd is still a prominent player on film and television. And with husband Brian Russell, Ladd enjoys life in Texas and with their joint venture designing and building luxury homes - Cheryl Ladd Signature Homes.


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