New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Santa Monica, California, USA
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Leave it to Beaver
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Holdridge was born Cheryl Lynn Phelps in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother, Julie A. Phelps (1908 - 2003), was a former dancer who had performed on Broadway with her partner, Dick Mason; her biological father has not been identified. Julie brought her to Burbank, California shortly after her birth. 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. Holdridge grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She started dance lessons from an early age with Joyce Cole in North Hollywood, learning both ballet and tap.
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 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 received a big break when she was cast in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver in 1959 as `Gloria Cusick`. (She would later play an occasional, recurring role on that show as Wally Cleaver`s girlfriend, Julie Foster.)
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. She would later be linked in fan magazines and gossip columns with many other celebrities, including Elvis Presley.
Holdridge`s television career went into high gear starting in 1960. She had guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. She was also cast in the lead role of Betty in an unsold television series pilot based on the Archie Comics. While still very much in demand, Holdridge left acting abruptly in 1964 to get married.
After the death of her second 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. More recently, she appeared in televised documentary specials about Cary Grant (2005) and Barbara Hutton (2006), and has also done a special feature interview for a Disney DVD.
Holdridge`s first husband was 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.
Her second husband was Albert James "Jim" Skarda. They married in 1974. He ran a car rental service in Aspen, Colorado.
Her third husband Manning J. Post was a major figure in Democratic politics in California. He died of natural causes on March 13, 2000.All of her marriages were childless. Holdridge was a long-time supporter of environmental causes and charities, and with her third marriage became more active in fund-raising events.
She died on January 6, 2009 from lung cancer.
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Cheryl Lynn Phelps
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Cheryl Lynn Holdridge (June 20, 1944 – January 6, 2009) was an American actress, best known as an original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club.
Van Nuys High School, Grant High School
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==Cheryl Holdridge== Actress ===Born=== 20 June 1944 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
===Died=== 6 January 2009 Santa Monica, California, USA (lung cancer)
===Birth Name=== Cheryl Lynn Phelps
===Mini Bio (1)=== Cheryl Holdridge was born on June 20, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Cheryl Lynn Phelps. She was an actress, known for Leave It to Beaver (1957), Life with Archie (1962) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). She was married to Manning J. Post, Albert James Skarda and Lance Reventlow. She died on January 6, 2009 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
[[Manning J. Post]] (1994 - 13 March 2000) ( his death)
[[Albert James Skarda]] (12 October 1974 - 1988) ( divorced)
[[Lance Reventlow]] (7 November 1964 - 24 July 1972) ( his death)
Former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer.
Daughter of Broadway dancer Julie Phelps.
Last name comes from Herbert Holdridge, who adopted Cheryl in 1953 after marrying her mother.
In high school, she was nicknamed "Surfboard" until her feminine figure filled out.
Good friends with fellow ex-mouseketeers, Annette Funicello and Doreen Tracey.
Took dancing lessons as a child and made her professional debut in a New York City Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" in 1953.
Retired from acting in 1964 after marrying Lance Reventlow, the playboy son of Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton, who became a racing driver and entrepreneur of sorts. He perished in a plane crash in 1972. She later married political fund-raiser and Democratic Party advisor, Manning J. Post, in 1994. She was widowed in 2000.
1962 Hollywood Deb Star.
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