Cheryl Ladd: I Don’t Want to Talk About Farrah Anymore

It isn't always easy to replace a famous television star but that was Cheryl Ladd's task when she was added to Charlie's Angels after Farrah Fawcett-Majors left that hit series. At first there were the inevitable comparisons but happily, that now seems to be part of the past.

On that subject, Cheryl explains: "People accept me, and that's fantastic. You know, here I was, stepping into the shoes of a phenomenon. I had nightmares of everyone walking down the street saying: 'Who do you think you are, trying to take her part?' I guess I wouldn't be human if I didn't have those doubts. But so far it's been incredible!"

Of course there are those who never give up on the past. Cheryl admits: "Some people ask me about Farrah but I don't want to talk about her anymore. I just want to have my own thing." And Cheryl apparently does.

When the new "Angel" made her first public appearance at the site of her hometown in Huron, South Dakota - where she was born Cheryl Stoppelmoor, twenty-six years ago - she went back to make a dedication for an old employer. Why? Well, Cheryl recalls: "The place where I worked as a car hop in high school had opened a new wing and I cut the ribbon for my old boss. After all, he didn't fire me after I spilled 35 milkshakes on customers."

Now that's what you call a gracious act for a grateful past. But one can't help but wonder what Cheryl did over the years to improve her coordination!


June 1, 1977