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Cheryl Jean Ladd (Stoppelmoor)

Birthplace: Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Marion Stoppelmoor and Dolores Helen Stopplemore
Wife of Private
Ex-wife of David Alan Ladd
Mother of Jordan Ladd

Occupation: Actress, singer and author
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About Cheryl Ladd

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.


Ratings and temperatures soared when curvaceous Cheryl Ladd joined Charlie's Angels as Kris Munroe, a role she played until the show's cancellation in 1981.

She was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor on July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota, the second daughter of Dolores (née Katz), a waitress, and Marion Stoppelmoor (1929–2001), a railroad engineer. Ladd dreamed of becoming a movie star, and took tap lessons and sang at home with her dad.

In high school, she played in a jazz trio, Music Shop Band, which travelled from the Midwest to California, to try and make it professionally.

When the group broke up, Ladd decided to stay and chase her dream. Her first real gig was singing backup on the cartoon show, Josie and the Pussycats.

After acting in commercials, she landed a role in a 1973 movie, Jamaica Reef, and met her first husband, David Ladd. They married in 1973, and two years later, their daughter, Jordan, was born. The marriage lasted six years.

In 1977, she was scouted by Charlie's Angels producer Aaron Spelling to replace Farrah Fawcett, who had unexpectedly left the year-old sensation. Petite, but with plenty of spirit, Ladd was a hit as Kris Munroe. "She had to fill a big pair of shoes, and she did it with confidence," says co-star Jaclyn Smith.

After her 1979 split, Ladd found romance with Scottish-born Brian Russell, who had cut two 1970s pop albums before turning to movie producing in the 1980s.

She won kudos for a role in the edgy Permanent Midnight, and played a mother in family drama A Dog of Flanders. She said that her dream gig would be, "Some wonderful Mrs. Robinson part, where I can be really attractive, sexual and powerful, There are a couple of young actors I'd sure like to work with."

Her hobbies include golf, art, and writing children's books.

Sources: The Biography Channel

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Cheryl Ladd's Timeline

July 12, 1951
Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, United States
January 14, 1975
Age 23
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States