More Cheryl Ladd Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Cheryl Ladd achieved enormous success playing Kris Munroe in the hit 70s series Charlie's Angels and has gone on to star in more than 35 telefeatures and feature films. Most recently, Ladd starred in the highly rated CBS telefilm Michael Landon, The Father I Knew (directed by Michael Landon Jr.), on the hit NBC series Jesse (opposite Christina Applegate) and in the motion picture Permanent Midnight (opposite Ben Stiller).
A native of Hurron, South Dakota, Ladd began acting, singing and dancing at an early age. She sang with a local group that eventually landed in Los Angeles; the band broke up but Ladd remained in LA. Her first break came as the singing voice of Melody on the popular animated series Josie and the Pussycats. She also starred (alongside Steve Martin and Teri Garr) in The Ken Berry WOW Show before being cast as Kris Munroe.
While still on Charlie's Angels, Ladd began to star in other projects, beginning with When She Was Bad (a hard-hitting telefeature dealing with child abuse-Ladd developed the project and eventually became an ambassador for Childhelp USA, the largest national non-profit organization combatting child abuse). Her additional television credits include starring roles in the miniseries Grace Kelly, Jekyll and Hyde, A Death in California, Bluegrass, Crossings, Changes, Deadly Care, Tangled Web, Perfect Little Angels and Every Mother's Worst Fear, in which she starred opposite her daughter, Jordan Ladd. Her additional feature film credits include Poison Ivy, Millennium and Purple Hearts.
Ladd's humanitarian efforts have been recognized by Childhelp USA, who awarded her their Woman of the World Award in 1987, and by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club, who awarded her (the first female to be so honored) with the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)