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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“We worked 15 hours a day, five days a week for nine months of the year. There wasn’t much time to be anything, but a Charlie’s Angel.” With big shoes to fill thanks to Farrah Fawcett’s highly publicized departure from the popular series Charlie’s Angels, Cheryl Ladd didn’t disappoint when she joined the cast as the beautiful Kris Munroe in 1971. Becoming an overnight star and sex symbol, Ladd wrapped up the series in 1981 and used her fame to launch a successful music career while continuing to star in nearly three dozen television films. Over the last decade, she’s taken the Broadway stage as the lead in Annie Get Your Gun and was even awarded the 2010 TV Land Pop Culture Award for her work on Charlie’s Angels alongside her former co-star, Jaclyn Smith. So, what’s the 68-year-old Angel up to today and was life as an Angel as glamorous as everyone believed? Let’s find out!

Marrying actor David Ladd in 1973 and starting a family, Cherie Moor soon became Cheryl Ladd as she found exactly the break she was looking for in 1977 when Farrah Fawcett left Charlie’s Angels in a flurry as the show’s producers scrambled to find her replacement. After seven years of struggling to find her footing in Hollywood, Ladd knew she had big shoes to fill when she was introduced on the series as Farrah’s younger sister, Kris. Now, the question was if fans and her costars would accept her. “I wasn’t given the warmest of welcomes when I joined,” Ladd later admitted. “I think everyone was a bit nervous and shell-shocked over Farrah. I don’t know what happened when she left because the other two girls never discussed it with me.” Finding a quick friend in David Doyle who played Bosley, Ladd said, “He was my anchor. He took me under his wing and said, ‘Kid, you’re going to be just fine.’”

Ladd was more than fine as she became an instant star. “After the first couple of shows, I realized people did accept me and the show became huge,” Ladd said as she recalled how the ratings skyrocketed after she joined the series. Stardom, however, took its own toll on the young actress. “The week before I joined, nobody cared what I ate or what shampoo I used. But all of a sudden people were fascinated by everything about me… I was surrounded by people who didn’t want to say ‘no’ to me. I expected a lot of people to wait on me hand and foot, to do things I would normally do for myself.”

Life after Charlie’s Angels kept Ladd in the spotlight with dozens of television and film appearances including Millennium, Permanent Midnight, Purple Hearts and Poison Ivy, which featured her alongside Drew Barrymore who later took on her role as an Angel in the new millennium. From 1994 to 1996, she enjoyed a leading role in the television series One West Waikiki and went on to appear in CSI: Miami, Hope and Faith and Charmed with her last major success as James Caan’s on-screen wife in Vegas, which ran from 2003 to 2008.

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