Cheryl Ladd

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Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd 2b.jpg
Cheryl Ladd in 2007
BornCheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 63)
Huron, South Dakota, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)David Ladd (1973–1980; 1 child)
Brian Russell (1981–present)
ChildrenJordan Ladd (b. 1975)
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Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd 2b.jpg
Cheryl Ladd in 2007
BornCheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951 (age 63)
Huron, South Dakota, U.S.
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)David Ladd (1973–1980; 1 child)
Brian Russell (1981–present)
ChildrenJordan Ladd (b. 1975)

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 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. Ladd remained with the show until its cancellation in 1981.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] She is of part German descent.[citation needed] She married fellow actor David Ladd, with whom she had a daughter, Jordan.[2] She took his surname as her own, which she kept after their divorce. Her niece is Cowboys cheerleader Ashley Marie. 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.


Cheryl Ladd, 1977

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).[3] 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 and Happy Days. The Charlie's Angels series made her an overnight star, and Ladd took the opportunity of her sudden popularity to further pursue her musical interests, 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 Hot 100 single and a Gold record.[4] 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.[5]

Following Charlie's Angels, Ladd remained a familiar face on television and has starred in more than 30 made for television films, including a coveted role 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 starred in feature films such as Purple Hearts, Millennium, Poison Ivy (featuring Drew Barrymore, who later starred in the film adaptations of Charlie's Angels) and Permanent Midnight. 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.

On April 17, 2010, Ladd, along with her co-angel, Jaclyn Smith, accepted the "2010 TV Land Pop Culture Award" for Charlie's Angels.[6]

In 2010, Ladd filmed a TV movie titled Love's Everlasting Courage for the Hallmark Channel, which aired on October 1, 2011.[7] 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.[8] In December 2011, she guest starred in an episode of Chuck, playing Sarah Walker's mother.[9]

Album discography[edit]

Cheryl Ladd in 2001

All albums were released on Capitol Records.

Single Discography[edit]

IssuedTitleLabelReleaseCatalogue No.
1970Every Beat Of My Heart/It's All Right With Me (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Capitol Records45 rpm2967
Inside, Outside, Upside Down/A Letter To Mama (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-58
Josie/With Every Beat Of My Heart (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-59
Voodoo/If This Isn't Love (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-60
It's Gotta Be Him/I Wanna Make You Happy (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-61
1971Stop Look And Listen/You've Come A Long Way Baby (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Capitol Records45 rpmP-3045
1974The Family/Mamma Don't Be BlueWarner Bros45 rpm7821
1976Country Love/He's Looking More Everyday Like The Man Who Broke My HeartCapitol Records45 rpm4215
1978Think It Over/Here Is A Song4599
Good Good Lovin'/Skinnydippin'4650
Skinnydippin'(Extended Version)/Skinnydippin'(Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-8894
Walking In The Rain/I'll Come RunningCapitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20516
1979Missing You/Thunder In The DistanceCapitol Records4698
Missing You (Extended Version)/Missing You (Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-9096
Dance Forever/Missing YouCapitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20575
1980Where Is Someone To Love Me/Just Like Old TimesECR-17013
1981Just Another Lover Tonight/TelevisionECR-17205
Take A Chance/Victim Of The CircumstanceECR-17155
1982Can't Say No To You/You Make It Beautiful (duet with Frankie Valli)Capitol RecordsB-5115
You Make It Beautiful (duet with Frankie Valli)/Can't Say No To You/Love And Passion/Sakura SakuraCapitol Records JapanEPECS-41010


1970–1971Josie and the PussycatsMelody ValentineTV series (as Cherie Moor); 8 episodes (singing voice)
1971Chrome and Hot LeatherKathy(as Cherie Moor)
1972The Ken Berry 'WOW' Show
1972The RookiesGirlTV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "The Good Die Young" (season 1, ep. 9); "The Wheel of Death" (season 1, ep. 20)
1972Alexander ZwoNellyTV series; "Das gestohlene Ich" (season 1, ep. 3)
1973Harry OTeenage girlTV series (as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor); "Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On" (season 1, ep. 1)
1973IronsideGwenTV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "A Game of Showdown" (season 6, ep. 23)
1972–1973SearchAmy LoveTV 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)
1973Satan's School for GirlsJody KellerTV movie (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); co-starred with future "angel" colleague Kate Jackson
1973The Partridge FamilyJohannaTV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "Double Trouble" (season 4, ep. 6)
1974The Streets of San FranciscoSusan Ellen MorleyTV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor); "Blockade" (season 2, ep. 17)
1974Happy DaysCindy SheaTV series; "Wish Upon a Star" (season 2, ep. 7)
1975The Treasure of Jamaica ReefZappy(as Cheryl Stoppelmoor)
1975SwitchJill LorimerTV series; "Death by Resurrection" (season 1, ep. 11)
1977Police WomanKateTV series (as Cheryl Stoppelmoor Ladd); "Silky Chamberlain" (season 3, ep. 22)
1977Police StoryBuffyTV series; "Prime Rib" (season 4, ep. 22)
1977Code RRuth RobertsTV series; "The Aliens" (season 1, ep. 12)
1977The Fantastic JourneyNaticaTV series; "The Innocent Prey" (season 1, ep. 10)
1977The San Pedro Beach BumsKris MunroeTV series; "The Angels and the Bums" (season 1, ep. 1)
1977-1981Charlie's AngelsKris MunroeTV series; 87 episodes; replaced original "angel" Farrah Fawcett; second longest serving "angel" in the series (after Jaclyn Smith)
1979Carol Burnett & CompanyTV series; Pilot
1979When She Was Bad...Betina 'Teeny' MorganTV movie
1983The Hasty HeartMargaretTV movie
1983Kentucky WomanMaggie TelfordTV movie
1983Grace KellyGrace KellyTV movie
1983Now and ForeverJessie Clarke
1984Purple HeartsDeborah Solomon
1985Romance on the Orient ExpressLily ParkerTV movie
1985A Death in CaliforniaHope MastersTV mini-series
1986CrossingsLiane DeVilliersTV mini-series
1987Deadly CareAnne HalloranTV movie
1988BluegrassMaude Sage BreenTV movie
1989The Fulfilment of Mary GrayMaryTV movie
1989MillenniumLouise Baltimore
1990Jekyll & HydeSara CrawfordTV movie
1990The Girl Who Came Between ThemLauraTV movie
1990Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501Diane HalsteadTV movie
1991ChangesMelanie AdamsTV movie
1991Locked Up: A Mother's RageAnnie GallagherTV movie
1992Poison IvyGeorgie Cooperco-starred with Drew Barrymore
1993Dead Before DawnLindaTV movie
1993Broken Promises: Taking Emily BackPam CheneyTV movie
1994Dancing with DangerMary DannonTV movie
1996Kiss and TellJean McAvoyTV movie
1996The Haunting of LisaEllen DowneyTV movie
1994–1996One West WaikikiDawn 'Holli' Holliday M.ETV series; 20 episodes
1996Vows of DeceptionLucinda/Lucy Ann MichaelsTV movie
1997InkMercedesTV series; "The Black Book" (season 1, ep. 8)
1998Every Mother's Worst FearConnie HoaglandTV movie; co-starred with her daughter Jordan Ladd
1998Permanent MidnightPamela Verlaine
1998Perfect Little AngelsElaine FreedmanTV movie
1999JesseMary Anne MyersTV series; "Crazy White Female" (season 1, ep. 15)
1999Michael Landon, the Father I KnewLynn Noe LandonTV movie
1999A Dog of FlandersAnna
1999–2000Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza PlaceBerg's momTV series; "Foul Play" (season 3, ep. 8); "The Undercard" (season 3, ep. 23)
2002Her Best Friend's HusbandJane ThorntonTV movie
2003CharmedDoris BennettTV series; "The Day the Magic Died" (season 5, ep. 15)
2004Hope & FaithMary Jo Johnson FairfieldTV series; "9021-Uh-Oh" (season 2, ep. 10)
2004Eve's ChristmasDiane SimonTV movie
2006Though None Go with MeElizabeth BishopTV movie
2003–2008Las VegasJillian DelineTV series; 29 episodes
2008BaggageSarah Murphy
2009CSI: MiamiAmanda CollinsTV series; "Bolt Action" (season 8, ep. 3)
2011Love's Everlasting CourageIreneTV movie
2011NCISMary CourtneyTV series; "Thirst" (season 9, ep. 6)
2011ChuckEmmaTV series; "Chuck Versus the Baby" (season 5, ep. 8)
2012Santa Paws 2: The Santa PupsMrs. ClauseDirect-to-DVD
2014The Perfect WaveMrs. McCormack (mom)


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