Born Cheryl Lynn Phelps on June 20, 1944, in New Orleans, Holdridge moved to Los Angeles when she was 2. She became a Mouseketeer in 1956 at the start of the second season of "The Mickey Mouse Club," which featured 24 young singers and dancers.
"She was a good technical dancer, but I think she was picked mostly because she had this angelic look and a great smile; she's known for her smile," Tracey said. "We used to try to keep her quiet when she started singing because she sang off-key."
Tracey said Holdridge received large amounts of fan mail.
"Annette (Funicello) had the highest rating, but Cheryl came pretty close," she said.
Holdridge married Manning Post, a prominent West Coast Democratic Party fundraiser and adviser, in 1994. He died in 2000.
"Cheryl was the most joyous person, is the best way I can put it," Santoli said. "She saw the positive side of everything."
Tommy Cole, another former Mouseketeer, said Holdridge was "one of the prettiest girls on the set," and he "always considered her Miss Sunshine."
"She'd walk into the room and this ray of sunshine would happen every time she smiled," he said.
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