Cheryl Holdridge

Cheryl Holdridge

Born Cheryl Lynn Phelps
(1944-06-20)June 20, 1944
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died January 6, 2009(2009-01-06) (aged 64)
Santa Monica, California, U.S
Cause of death Lung cancer
Other names Cheryl Reventlow Post
Education Van Nuys High School
Grant High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–2000
Spouse(s) Lance Reventlow (m. 1964; d. 1972)
Albert James Skarda (m. 1974; div. 1988)
Manning J. Post (m. 1994; d. 2000)

Cheryl Lynn Holdridge (June 20, 1944 – January 6, 2009)[1] was an American actress, best known as an original cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Early life

Holdridge was born Cheryl Lynn Phelps in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother, Julie A. Phelps (October 19, 1908 – October 24, 2003), was a dancer who performed on Broadway with her partner, Dick Mason; Cheryl's biological father is unidentified. 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 fringe political movements. He adopted Cheryl in 1953 and gave her his surname.[2] Cheryl grew up in Sherman Oaks. She started dance lessons at an early age with Joyce Cole in North Hollywood, from whom she learned ballet and tap.


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, was hired for 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, 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.

From 1960, Holdridge made guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bachelor Father.

Holdridge retired from acting in 1964 to marry race car driver Lance Reventlow, to whom she was wed until his death in 1972. 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 has also appeared in a special feature interview for a Disney DVD.

Personal life

Relationships and marriages

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.[3] She was later linked in fan magazines and gossip columns with many other celebrities, including Elvis Presley.

Holdridge's first marriage was to sportsman and playboy Lance Reventlow, the only child of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton; his father was a Danish count. During their 1964 honeymoon in Hawaii, Holdridge became the last mouseketeer to visit with the show's original host, Jimmie Dodd, before Dodd's death from cancer. Reventlow, a pilot, died in the crash of a small plane in 1972 in which he was a passenger.

Her second husband was Albert James "Jim" Skarda. They married in 1974. He ran a car rental service in Aspen, Colorado.[4] Her third husband, Manning J. Post (January 3, 1918[5] - March 13, 2000), was active in Democratic politics in California. He died at the age of eighty-two.[6] All of her marriages were childless.


Holdridge was a long-time supporter of environmental causes and charities including the Children's Burn Foundation for which she served as a Council Member, and with her third marriage became more active in fund-raising events.


Holdridge died on January 6, 2009 from lung cancer, aged 64.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
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
Year Title Role Notes
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
Julie Foster
8 episodes
1960–1961 Bachelor Father Lila Meredith 4 episodes
1960–1964 My Three Sons Judy Doucette
Juliet Johnson
3 episodes
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
Norma Lane
4 episodes
1962 The Rifleman Sally Walker Episode: "A 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?" (Part 1 and 2)
1964 Wagon Train Annabelle Episode: "The Race Town Story"
1966 Episode: Bewitched Liza Randall "The Girl Reporter"
1984–1987 The New Leave It to Beaver Julie Foster 2 episodes


  1. "Cheryl Holdridge, a Mouseketeer Known for Her Smile, Dies at 64". The New York Times. January 10, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  2. Retired General Adopts Daughter of His Wife, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1953, pg 12
  3. Forever Hold Your Banner High, by Jerry Bowles, 1976, pg 65 ISBN 0-385-11622-5
  4. "Did You Know?". Star-News (Pasadena, California). July 3, 1977.
  5. Social Security Death Index
  6. Manning J. Post; Democratic Fund-Raiser Advised Party’s Candidates for 40 Years
  7. "Cheryl Holdridge dies at 64; popular Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2009.
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