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Cheryl Lynn Phelps
June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||January 6, 2009 (aged 64)|
|Other names||Cheryl Reventlow Post|
(m. 1964; died 1972)
Albert James Skarda
(m. 1974; div. 1988)
Manning J. Post
(m. 1994; died 2000)
Holdridge was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother, Julie A. Phelps, was a dancer who performed on Broadway. Shortly after Cheryl was born, Julie moved with her new daughter to Burbank, California. In 1950, Julie married Herbert Charles Holdridge, a retired Brigadier General active in politics. He adopted Cheryl in 1953 and gave her his surname. Her stepbrother was diplomat John H. Holdridge, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Indonesia.
Holdridge first performed professionally at the age of nine 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 Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club in the spring of 1956, and was hired for the show's second season. Though a good dancer, her weak singing voice kept her in the background of most musical numbers. 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, Holdridge returned to Van Nuys High School and graduated from Grant High School with the winter 1961 class. She was cast in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver in 1959 as Gloria Cusick; she later played an occasional, recurring role as Wally Cleaver's girlfriend, Julie Foster. She reprised her role as Julie Foster in two guest appearances in The New Leave It to Beaver in 1985 and 1987.
From 1960, Holdridge made guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, Wagon Train, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bachelor Father.
After the death of her third 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. She was cast in televised documentary specials about Cary Grant (2005) and Barbara Hutton (2006), and also appeared in a special feature interview for a Disney DVD.
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 was later linked in fan magazines and gossip columns with many other celebrities, including Elvis Presley.
Holdridge's first marriage, on November 8, 1964, was to sportsman and playboy Lance Reventlow. Reventlow, a pilot, died in 1972, in the crash of a small plane in which he was a passenger in Aspen, Colorado. She had the title Gräfin von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow.
Her second husband was Albert James "Jim" Skarda. They married in 1974. He ran a car rental service in Aspen. They divorced in 1988. She maintained a second home in Aspen and lived there for six months out of the year from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s.
|1956||Carousel||Young Girl #2||Uncredited|
|1959||A Summer Place||Girl in dormitory at Briarwood School for Girls||Uncredited|
|2000||The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas||Genevieve|
|1956–1958||The Mickey Mouse Club||Mouseketeer Cheryl|
|1957–1980||The Wonderful World of Disney||Mouseketeer Cheryl||2 episodes|
|1958||Walt Disney Presents: Annette||Madge Markham||2 episodes|
|1959–1963||Leave It to Beaver||Gloria Cusick
|1960–1961||Bachelor Father||Lila Meredith||4 episodes|
|1960–1964||My Three Sons||Judy Doucette
|1961||Westinghouse Playhouse||Mona Morgan||Episode: "A Date for Buddy"|
|1961||Bringing Up Buddy||Sharon||Episode: "Buddy and the Teenager"|
|1962||Life with Archie||Betty||Television pilot|
|1961–1962||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Joyce Maynard
|1962||The Rifleman||Sally Walker||Episode: "Young Man's Fancy"|
|1962||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Daphne Winsett||Episode: "The Big Blunder and Egg Man"|
|1962||King of Diamonds||Chick Hendricks||Episode: "Rain on Wednesday"|
|1962||Dennis the Menace||Helen Franklin||Episode: "Dennis' Lovesick Friend"|
|1962||The Donna Reed Show||Pat Walker||Episode: "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"|
|1963||Hawaiian Eye||Mary Anne Sayer||Episode: "Go Steady with Danger"|
|1963||Ripcord||Angie Carter||Episode: "The Inventor"|
|1964||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Joan Delroy||Episode: "The Third One from the Left"|
|1964||Mr. Novak||Betty||Episode: "The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Nurse Reynolds||Episode: "Quid Pro Quo"|
|1964||The Eleventh Hour||Judy Gormley||Episode: "Does My Mother Have to Know?" (Parts 1 and 2)|
|1964||Wagon Train||Annabelle||Episode: "The Race Town Story"|
|1964||Bewitched||Liza Randall||Episode: "The Girl Reporter"|
|1984–1987||The New Leave It to Beaver||Julie Foster||2 episodes|
- "Cheryl Holdridge, a Mouseketeer Known for Her Smile, Dies at 64". The New York Times. January 10, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
- "Ex-Mouseketeer". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 22, 1962. p. 5.
- Retired General Adopts Daughter of His Wife, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1953, pg 12
- "Mouseketeer went on to TV roles". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. Los Angeles Times. January 10, 2009. p. Section 1, p 23. Retrieved December 25, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Thomas, Bob (May 1, 1964). "Actress Cheryl Holdridge Yields Career To Marriage". Ford Lauderdale News. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Associated Press. p. 6 E. Retrieved December 25, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Forever Hold Your Banner High, by Jerry Bowles, 1976, pg 65 ISBN 0-385-11622-5
- "Ex-Mouseketeer, Hutton Son Wed". The Atlanta Constitution. Georgia, Atlanta. Associated Press. November 9, 1964. p. 16. Retrieved December 25, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Did You Know?". Star-News (Pasadena, California). July 3, 1977.
- "Cheryl Reventlow Post". Aspen Times. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
- "Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party's Candidates for 40 Years". Los Angeles Times. March 15, 2000. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
- Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party's Candidates for 40 Years
- "Cheryl Holdridge dies at 64; popular Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2009.
13. Cheryl Holdridge Graduation picture, 1961 Grant High School https://www.classmates.com/siteui/yearbooks/124952?page=31