Cheryl Reventlow Post
Aspen, CO Colorado
Cheryl Reventlow Post, who owned a second home in Aspen for about 30 years, died on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Post, whose stage name was Cheryl Holdridge, was a Mouseketeer on TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s.
Post, 64, was living in Santa Monica, Calif., at the time of her death, and had battled lung cancer for two years.
Post was born Cheryl Lynn Phelps on June 20, 1944, in New Orleans and moved to Los Angeles when she was 2. Her mother, Julie Phelps, was a former Ziegfeld Follies featured dancer and comedian and encouraged her to express herself through dance.
After her mother married Herbert Holdridge, a retired Army Brigadier General, he adopted Cheryl in 1953.
At 9, she was selected by George Balanchine to perform for the New York City Ballet Company in a Los Angeles production of “The Nutcracker.” Her first screen appearance was a small role in the 1956 musical “Carousel.” The same year, at age 11, without the prior knowledge of either her mother or agent, she called the casting director to arrange for an audition and was hired for “The Mickey Mouse Club.” She joined the Mouseketeers in the second season of the show, which ran until 1959.
The beautiful blonde actress, known for her angelic smile, went on to play Wally Cleaver’s girlfriend, Julie Foster, for two seasons on “Leave It to Beaver.” And she had guest roles on shows such as “The Rifleman,” “Bachelor Father,” “My Three Sons,” “Bewitched,” “Ozzie and Harriet” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
Cheryl left show business in 1964 when she married race-car driver Lance Reventlow, the only son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. Reventlow died in a plane crash near Woody Creek in 1972.
In 1974, Post married Albert James Skarda, who ran an auto rental business in Aspen. She maintained a second home in Aspen, where she lived six months out of the year, from the late ’60s through the mid-’90s. She an Skarda divorced in the late ’80s.
In 1994, Cheryl married Manning Post, a prominent West Coast Democratic Party fundraiser and advisor, who died in 2000.
Post, who had no immediate surviving family members, supported various environmental causes as well as the Children’s Burn Foundation in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Friendly House of Los Angeles and the John Wayne Cancer Institute (www.jwci.org) at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., where donations may be made in her name. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, in Los Angeles.
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