Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd (born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor; July 12, 1951) is an American actress, singer and author best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the ABC television series Charlie's Angels in which she was hired for its second season in 1977 to replace Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Ladd remained on the show until its cancellation in 1981. Her film roles include Purple Hearts (1984), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992), Permanent Midnight (1998) and Unforgettable (2017).

Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Ladd in 2001
Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor

(1951-07-12) July 12, 1951
OccupationActress, singer, author
Years active1970–present
Known forKris Munroe – Charlie's Angels
David Ladd
(m. 1973; div. 1980)

Brian Russell
(m. 1981)
ChildrenJordan Ladd (b. 1975)
Lindsay Russell (stepdaughter)

Early life

Ladd was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, South Dakota,[1] the second daughter of Dolores (née Katz), a waitress and Marion Stoppelmoor (1929–2001), a railroad engineer.[2] After high school, she travelled with the band The Music Shop and played in many mid-western joints before settling in Los Angeles in 1970.[3]


Early roles

Ladd originally came to Hollywood 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, and she also sang on the 1970 album of the same name).[4] However, she soon began to land non-singing roles in commercials and episodic television, including guest appearances on shows such as on The Rookies, The Partridge Family, Police Woman, The Muppet Show and Happy Days.[5]

Charlie's Angels (1977–1981)

Ladd's big acting break came in 1977, when she was cast in the ABC television series, Charlie's Angels, replacing star Farrah Fawcett, who left the show after only one season to pursue a movie career. To make the transition easier for audiences, producers cast Ladd as Fawcett's character's younger sister, Kris, instantly making her a part of the "Angel's family". In the years to come, this practice of replacing Angels became a common event for the show, but Ladd remained a part of the main cast until the show's end in the spring of 1981.[6]

While starring in the highly rated Charlie's Angels, Ladd took advantage of her new-found popularity to further her musical career, 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. She had a top-40 Billboard Hot 100 single and a gold record.[7][5]

Later career

Following Charlie's Angels, Ladd remained a familiar face on television and has starred in more than 30 made-for-television films, including 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 appeared in a number of feature films, such as Purple Hearts (1984), Millennium (1989), Poison Ivy (1992) (featuring Drew Barrymore, who later starred in the film adaptations of Charlie's Angels) and Permanent Midnight (1998). 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 series Las Vegas.

In 1996, Ladd published a children's book titled 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.

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.[8]

On April 17, 2010, Ladd — along with her co-angel Jaclyn Smith — accepted the 2010 TV Land Pop Culture Award for Charlie's Angels.[9]

Ladd has continued to appear in a number of TV productions, including the 2011 Hallmark Channel movie Love's Everlasting Courage,[10] guest starring in the NCIS episode "Thirst" (as the love interest of medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard),[11] and the series Chuck, playing Sarah Walker's mother.[12]

Personal life

She married fellow actor David Ladd in 1973, with whom she had a daughter, Jordan (born 1975).[13] Ladd took his surname as her own, which she kept after their divorce in 1980.

Ladd 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.



Year Film Role Notes
1971 Chrome and Hot Leather Kathy
1974 The Treasure of Jamaica Reef Zappy
1983 Now and Forever Jessie Clarke
1984 Purple Hearts Deborah Solomon
1989 Millennium Louise Baltimore
1989 Lisa Katherine
1992 Poison Ivy Georgie Cooper Co-starred with Drew Barrymore
1998 Permanent Midnight Pamela Verlaine
1999 A Dog of Flanders Anna
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Herself Uncredited
2008 Holiday Baggage Sarah Murphy
2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mrs. Claus
2014 The Perfect Wave Mrs. McCormack (Mom)
2017 Unforgettable Helen / Lovey
2017 Camera Store Alma


Year Title Role Notes
1970–1971 Josie and the Pussycats Melody Valentine (singing voice) TV series
1972 The Rookies Girl Season 1, Episode 9: "The Good Die Young"
1972 Alexander Zwo Nelly Season 1, Episode 3: "Das gestohlene Ich"
1972 The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show Herself 1 episode
1972–1973 Search Amy Love 3 episodes
1973 Harry O Teenage Girl Pilot 1: "Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On"
1973 Ironside Gwen Season 6, Episode 23: "A Game of Showdown"
1973 Satan's School for Girls Jody Keller TV film; co-starred with future "angel" colleague Kate Jackson
1973 The Partridge Family Johanna Houser Season 4, Episode 6: "Double Trouble"
1974 The Streets of San Francisco Susan Ellen Morley Season 2, Episode 14: "Blockade"
1974 Happy Days Cindy Shea Season 2, Episode 7: "Wish Upon a Star"
1975 Switch Jill Lorimer Season 1, Episode 11: "Death by Resurrection"
1977 Police Woman Kate Season 3, Episode 2: "Silky Chamberlain"
1977 Police Story Buffy Season 4, Episode 22: "Prime Rib"
1977 Code R Ruth Roberts Season 1, Episode 12: "The Aliens"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Natica Season 1, Episode 10: "The Innocent Pray"
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums Herself Season 1, Episode 1: "Angels and the Bums"
1977–1981 Charlie's Angels Kris Munroe 87 episodes; replaced original "angel" Farrah Fawcett; second longest serving "angel" in the series after Jaclyn Smith
1978 The Muppet Show Guest Season 3, Episode 24: "Cheryl Ladd"
1979 Carol Burnett & Company Guest Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot"
1979 When She Was Bad Betina "Teeny" Morgan TV film
1983 Kentucky Woman Maggie Telford TV film
1983 Grace Kelly Grace Kelly TV film
1983 The Hasty Heart Margaret TV film
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Lily Parker TV film
1985 Death in California Hope Masters TV miniseries
1986 Crossings Liane DeVilliers 3 episodes
1987 Deadly Care Ann Halloran TV film
1988 Bluegrass Maude Sage Breen TV film
1989 The Fulfillment of Mary Gray Mary Gray TV film
1990 Jekyll & Hide Sara Crawford née Lanyon TV film
1990 The Girl Who Came Between Them Laura TV film
1990 Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Diane Halstead TV film
1991 Changes Melanie Adams TV film
1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage
(aka The Other Side of Love)
Annie Gallagher TV film
1993 Dead Before Dawn Linda TV film
1993 Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back Pam Cheney TV film
1994 Dancing with Danger Mary Dannon TV film
1996 Kiss and Tell Jean McAvoy TV film
1996 The Haunting of Lisa Ellen Downey TV film
1994–1996 One West Waikiki Dawn 'Holli' Holliday, M.E. 21 episodes
1996 Vows of Deception Lucinda / Lucy Ann Michaels TV film
1997 Ink Mercedes Season 1, Episode 8: "The Black Book"
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Connie Hoagland TV film; co-starred with daughter Jordan Ladd
1998 Perfect Little Angels Elaine Friedman TV film
1999 Jesse Mary Anne Myers Season 1, Episode 15: "Crazy White Female"
1999 Michael Landon, the Father I Knew Lynn Noe Landon TV film
2000 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Berg's Mom 2 episodes
2002 Her Best Friend's Husband Jane Thornton TV film
2003 Charmed Doris Bennett Season 5, Episode 15: "The Day the Magic Died"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Jillian Deline 29 episodes
2004 Hope and Faith Mary Jo Johnson Fairfield Season 2, Episode 10: "9021-Uh-Oh"
2004 Eve's Christmas Diane Simon TV film
2006 Though None Go with Me Elizabeth Bishop TV film
2009 CSI: Miami Amanda Collins Season 8, Episode 3: "Bolt Action"
2011 Love's Everlasting Courage Irene TV film
2011 NCIS Mary Courtney Season 9, Episode 6: "Thirst"
2011 Chuck Emma Season 5, Episode 8: "Chuck Versus The Baby"
2014 Anger Management Joanne Season 2, Episode 88: "Charlie Gets Tied Up with A Catholic Girl"
2015 Ray Donovan Tina Harvey Season 3, Episode 4: "Breakfast of Champions"
2015 Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress Helen Whitney Carter TV film
2016 The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Linell Shapiro 4 episodes
2017 Ballers Mayor of Las Vegas Season 3, Episode 2: "Bull Rush"
2017 Royal New Year's Eve Abigail TV film
2018 Malibu Dan the Family Man Pamela Marshall 2 episodes
2018 The Christmas Contract Renee Guidry TV film
2019 Grounded for Christmas Susan TV film


Studio albums

Year Title Label Notes
1970 Josie and the Pussycats Capitol Records
1978 Cheryl Ladd The album reached number 129 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with the single "Think It Over" peaking at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track "Walking In The Rain" was used as an ending song for Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as a single, while the song "I'll Never Love This Way Again" was recorded by Dionne Warwick the following year.
1979 Dance Forever The album reached number 179 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The title track was also the closing theme of Charlie's Angels in Japan and was released as an EP, while the song "Where Is Someone To Love Me" was the theme of a Japanese whisky TV commercial featuring Ladd herself.
1981 Take a Chance Released in Japan
1982 You Make It Beautiful Mini-album released in Tokyo, Japan


IssuedTitleLabelReleaseCatalogue No.
1970"Every Beat Of My Heart" b/w "It's All Right With Me" (as a member of Josie and the Pussycats)Capitol Records45 rpm2967
"Inside, Outside, Upside Down" b/w "A Letter To Mama" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-58
"Josie" b/w "With Every Beat Of My Heart" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-59
"Voodoo" b/w "If This Isn't Love" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-60
"It's Gotta Be Him" b/w "I Wanna Make You Happy" (Josie and the Pussycats)Kellogg's Cereal Promo RecordCP-61
1971"Stop Look And Listen" b/w "You've Come A Long Way Baby" (Josie and the Pussycats)Capitol Records45 rpmP-3045
1974"The Family" b/w "Mamma Don't Be Blue"Warner Bros45 rpm7821
1976"Country Love" b/w "He's Looking More Everyday Like The Man Who Broke My Heart"Capitol Records45 rpm4215
1978"Think It Over" b/w "Here Is A Song"4599
"Good Good Lovin'" b/w "Skinnydippin"4650
"Skinnydippin'"(Extended Version) b/w "Skinnydippin'" (Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-8894
"Walking in the Rain" b/w "I'll Come Running"Capitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20516
1979"Missing You" b/w "Thunder In The Distance"Capitol Records4698
"Missing You" (Extended Version) b/w "Missing You" (Extended Version)12" Promo SingleSPRO-9096
"Dance Forever" b/w "Missing You"Capitol Records Japan45 rpmECR-20575
1980"Where Is Someone To Love Me" b/w "Just Like Old Times"ECR-17013
1981"Just Another Lover Tonight" b/w "Television"ECR-17205
"Take A Chance" b/w "Victim Of The Circumstance"ECR-17155
1982"Can't Say No To You" b/w "You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli)Capitol RecordsB-5115
"You Make It Beautiful" (duet with Frankie Valli) b/w "Can't Say No To You/Love And Passion/Sakura Sakura"Capitol Records JapanEPECS-41010


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