People will always remember Cheryl Ladd as an Angel both on and off screen. While she literally has the beauty, grace and singing voice of an angel, people always remember her as “Kris Munroe,” in the television series Charlie’s Angels.
Born as Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor on July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota to Dolores Katz and Marion Stoppelmoor, she had always dreamed of becoming an actress and learned how to tap dance with his father at the age of five. Cheryl Ladd spent her childhood in Huron singing, acting and dancing. During high school, she waited on cars at the local carhop and sang with a local jazz band called the “Music Shop” that traveled from the Midwest to California. When the band broke up, Cheryl moved on to pursue her dream of becoming an actress via the music avenue. The opportunity came when, known as “Cherie Moor,” she provided the singing voice of Melody on Hannah Barbera’s Josie and the Pussycats cartoon series which ran from 1970 to 1972.
Soon, Cheryl Ladd landed non-singing roles on TV episodes and commercials and made guest appearances on shows. In 1976, she eventually caught the attention of Aaron Spelling as a replacement for Farrah Fawcett- Majors in the popular TV series “Charlie’s Angels,” which made her an overnight star. Taking advantage of her newfound popularity, Cheryl pursued her musical interest and guest starred in a variety of musical-comedy series.
Cheryl Ladd married the son of famous cowboy actor Alan Ladd, a fellow actor with whom she had a daughter, Jordan. She continued using his surname even after their divorce in 1980. A year later, she married her current husband, music producer Bryan Russell.
Aside from her acting and singing talents, Cheryl also has a flair for writing. Being an avid golfer, her first book “Token Chick: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing with the Boys,” was an autobiography that detailed her experiences with the sport of golf. Cheryl Ladd also penned together with her husband Bryan a children’s book entitled “The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship,” which teaches the value of good citizenship.
Despite her busy schedule, Cheryl manages to find the time to advance her advocacy against the festering problem of child abuse. She is an ambassador for Childhelp USA, a non-profit organization engaged in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. For her humanitarian work and philanthropic endeavors, Cheryl Ladd became the first woman to receive from the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club the prestigious “Hubert Humphrey Humanitarian Award.”