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Cheryl Ladd was an American film and TV actress who was best known for her role as the crime-fighting private investigator Kris Munro on "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981). Born and raised in Huron, South Dakota, Ladd had a normal childhood: she was a standout cheerleader in high school, and also worked as a waitress at the local diner. Ladd's striking beauty, however, was already evident by the time she entered her teens. So rather than stay in her small hometown, she packed her bags and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in music. Ladd quickly landed a role as the voice of Melody Valentine on the musical animated series "Josie and the Pussycats" (CBS, 1970-71). Despite the show only lasting a season, Ladd quickly found herself landing more TV guest spots on popular shows like "The Partridge Family" (ABC, 1970-74) and "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984). With her acting career taking off, Ladd promptly put her music aspirations on hold. Her big break came in 1977 when she was cast as Kris Munro in the popular action series "Charlie's Angels." Ladd joined the show in the second season, right after Farrah Fawcett left to purse a film career, and stayed in the cast for the remaining four years. Although her acting career never quite equaled the success of time spent on "Charlie's Angels," Ladd continued acting nabbing parts in both movies and TV shows well into the 2010s. In 2016 she returned to TV with a recurring part on the popular Ryan Murphy drama "American Crime Story" (FX, 2016- ). Ladd played defense attorney Robert Shapiro's wife, Linell, on the series, which chronicled the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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Member of musical group Music Shop
Made TV debut as the singing voice of Melody Jones in the animated series "Josie and the Pussycats" (CBS), credited as Cherie Moore; Jackie Joseph was the speaking voice
Feature acting debut, "Chrome and Hot Leather"; credited as Cherie Moore
Live action TV series debut, "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show" (ABC), credited as Cheryl Jean Stoopelmoor
Had a regular role on the NBC series "Search"
TV-movie debut, "Satan's School for Girls" (ABC), co-starred with Kate Jackson
Appeared in "The Treasure of Jamaica Reef/Evil in the Deep"; credited as Cheryl Stoppelmoor (released in 1976)
Replaced Farrah Fawcett for the second season of ABC's "Charlie's Angels" in the role of Kris Munroe, younger sister of Fawcett's then departing character, Jill Munroe; first credited as Cheryl Ladd
Recorded first music album, <i>Cheryl Ladd</i> for Capitol Records
Headlined own ABC variety program, "The Cheryl Ladd Special"
First starring role in a TV-movie, "When She Was Bad..." (ABC), playing a woman abusing her pre-school daughter
Second variety special, "Cheryl Ladd...Looking Back - Souvenirs" (ABC), also executive produced
Headlined third ABC variety special, "Cheryl Ladd: Scenes From a Special"
Cast as a woman whose unfaithful husband is accused of rape in the feature, "Now and Forever"
Played the title role in the ABC biopic "Grace Kelly"
Teamed with Ken Wahl in the Vietnam-era romance, "Purple Hearts"
Offered a fine turn as a Beverly Hills socialite who develops a complex relationship with the man who killed her fiance and brutalized her in the CBS-TV movie, "A Death in California"
Played a nurse spiraling out of control with substance abuse issues in "Deadly Care" (CBS)
Portrayed the title character's mom in the CBS TV movie, "Lisa," about a teenager who unknowingly develops a relationship with a serial killer
Cast as Sara Gilbert's terminally ill mother in "Poison Ivy"
Returned to series TV in the short-lived "One West Waikiki" (CBS)
Played an ex-con who rebuilds her life only to become the prime suspect when her husband turns up dead in the CBS TV movie, "A Tangled Web"
Had supporting role as a TV star in "Permanent Midnight"
Acted with daughter Jordan in "Every Mother's Worst Fear" on the USA Network
Co-starred in the family feature "A Dog of Flanders"
Portrayed Lynn Landon, wife of the actor, in the biopic "Michael Landon, The Father I Knew" (CBS)
Made Broadway debut succeeding Bernadette Peters in the title role of "Annie Get Your Gun"
Cast as Jillian Deline, Ed's (James Caan) wife on NBC's "Las Vegas"
Guest-starred on an episode of CBS's "CSI: Miami" playing a wealthy wife who secretly dates much younger men
Appeared as Linell Shapiro on "American Crime Story"