Cheryl Holdridge

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Cheryl Holdridge
Cheryl Holdridge MMC 1957.jpg
BornCheryl Lynn Phelps
(1944-06-20)June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 2009(2009-01-06) (aged 64)
Santa Monica, California, U.S
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Other namesCheryl Reventlow Post
EducationVan Nuys High School
Grant High School
OccupationActress
Years active1955–2000
Spouse(s)Lance Reventlow (m. 1964; died 1972)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974; div. 1988)
Manning J. Post (m. 1994; died 2000)
 
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Cheryl Holdridge
Cheryl Holdridge MMC 1957.jpg
BornCheryl Lynn Phelps
(1944-06-20)June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 2009(2009-01-06) (aged 64)
Santa Monica, California, U.S
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Other namesCheryl Reventlow Post
EducationVan Nuys High School
Grant High School
OccupationActress
Years active1955–2000
Spouse(s)Lance Reventlow (m. 1964; died 1972)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974; div. 1988)
Manning J. Post (m. 1994; died 2000)

Cheryl Lynn Holdridge (June 20, 1944 – January 6, 2009)[1] was an American actress, best known as an original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Career[edit]

Cheryl 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.

From 1960, Holdridge made guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bachelor Father.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Relationships and marriages[edit]

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.[3] 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 athlete Lance Reventlow, the only child of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; his father was a Danish count. 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.[4] Her third husband, Manning J. Post (January 3, 1918[5] - March 13, 2000), was active in Democratic politics in California. He died at the age of eighty-two.[6] All of her marriages were childless.

Philanthropy[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

Holdridge died on January 6, 2009 from lung cancer.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1956CarouselYoung Girl #2Uncredited
1959A Summer PlaceGirl in dormitory at Briarwood School for GirlsUncredited
2000The Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasGenevieve
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1956–1958The Mickey Mouse ClubMouseketeer Cheryl
1957–1980The Wonderful World of DisneyMouseketeer Cheryl2 episodes
1958Walt Disney Presents: AnnetteMadge Markham2 episodes
1959–1963Leave It to BeaverGloria Cusick
Julie Foster
8 episodes
1960–1961Bachelor FatherLila Meredith4 episodes
1960–1964My Three SonsJudy Doucette
Juliet Johnson
3 episodes
1961Westinghouse PlayhouseMona MorganEpisode: "A Date for Buddy"
1961Bringing Up BuddySharonEpisode: "Buddy and the Teenager"
1962Life with ArchieBettyTelevision pilot
1961–1962The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietJoyce Maynard
Norma Lane
4 episodes
1962The RiflemanSally WalkerEpisode: "A Young Man's Fancy"
1962The Many Loves of Dobie GillisDaphne WinsettEpisode: "The Big Blunder and Egg Man"
1962King of DiamondsChick HendricksEpisode: "Rain on Wednesday"
1962Dennis the MenaceHelen FranklinEpisode: "Dennis' Lovesick Friend"
1962The Donna Reed ShowPat WalkerEpisode: "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"
1963Hawaiian EyeMary Anne SayerEpisode: "Go Steady with Danger"
1963RipcordAngie CarterEpisode: "The Inventor"
1964The Dick Van Dyke ShowJoan DelroyEpisode: "The Third One from the Left"
1964Mr. NovakBettyEpisode: "The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."
1964Dr. KildareNurse ReynoldsEpisode: "Quid Pro Quo"
1964The Eleventh HourJudy GormleyEpisode: "Does My Mother Have to Know?" (Part 1 and 2)
1964Wagon TrainAnnabelleEpisode: "The Race Town Story"
1966Episode: BewitchedLiza Randall"The Girl Reporter"
1984–1987The New Leave It to BeaverJulie Foster2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheryl Holdridge, a Mouseketeer Known for Her Smile, Dies at 64". The New York Times. January 10, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Retired General Adopts Daughter of His Wife, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1953, pg 12
  3. ^ Forever Hold Your Banner High, by Jerry Bowles, 1976, pg 65 ISBN 0-385-11622-5
  4. ^ "Did You Know?". Star-News (Pasadena, California). July 3, 1977. 
  5. ^ Social Security Death Index
  6. ^ Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party’s Candidates for 40 Years
  7. ^ "Cheryl Holdridge dies at 64; popular Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2009. 

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