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. 1964–72)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974–88)
Manning J. Post (m. 1994–2000)
 
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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. 1964–72)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974–88)
Manning J. Post (m. 1994–2000)

Cheryl 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; her biological father has not been identified. Shortly after she was born, Holdridge moved with her mother to Burbank, California. In 1950, her mother married Herbert Charles Holdridge, a retired Brigadier General active in fringe political movements. He adopted her in 1953 and gave her his surname.[2] Holdridge grew up in Sherman Oaks. She started dance lessons from an early age with Joyce Cole in North Hollywood, from whom she learned ballet and tap.

Career[edit]

Holdridge first performed professionally at the age of nine, when she landed a role 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, and joined 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, Cheryl 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, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Holdridge left acting abruptly 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
YearFilmRoleNotes
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 Meredith3 episodes
1960–1964My Three SonsJudy Doucette
Juliet Johnson
3 episodes
1961Westinghouse PlayhouseMona Morgan1 episode
Bringing Up BuddySharon1 episode
1962Life with ArchieBettyTelevision Pilot
1961–1962The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietJoyce Maynard
Norma Lane
4 episodes
1962The RiflemanSally Walker1 episode
The Many Loves of Dobie GillisDaphne Winsett1 episode
King of DiamondsChick Hendricks1 episode
Dennis the MenaceHelen Franklin1 episode
The Donna Reed ShowPat Walker1 episode
1963Hawaiian EyeMary Anne Sayer1 episode
RipcordAngie Carter1 episode
1964The Dick Van Dyke ShowJoan Delroy"The Third One from the Left"
Mr. NovakBetty"The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."
Dr. KildareNurse Reynolds"Quid Pro Quo"
The Eleventh HourJudy Gormley2-part episode, "Does My Mother Have to Know?"
Wagon TrainAnnabelle"The Race Town Story"
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. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  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). 3 July 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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