Cheryl Ladd Young: A Then-And-Now Look At The Charlie's Angel

By | April 10, 2020

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Cheryl Ladd in publicity photos. Source: eBay

For Cheryl Ladd, Charlie's Angels was a launchpad to stardom, although replacing Farrah Fawcett was a tall order. The multi-talented Ladd flourished as an Angel alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, and stayed on the show for its remaining four seasons. Ladd continued to work as a TV actress through the '80s, '90s, and into the 20th century. Still, being one of the stars of TV's hottest action drama in the late '70s leaves a mark. "I don't think people will ever forget I was an Angel," Ladd has said, "anymore than they'll forget Sally Field was The Flying Nun."

Cheryl Stoppelmoor Becomes Cheryl Ladd

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Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor was born in Huron, South Dakota, and when she graduated from high school, her mother asked her what she wanted. Her response: luggage.  She was determined to leave South Dakota and head either to New York or California. She traveled west with the band The Music Shop before she ended up in Los Angeles in 1970 and became Cheryl Ladd when she married fellow actor David Ladd in 1973. Although she divorced Ladd in 1980, she retained his last name. The couple had a daughter together as well.