Oral History: Cheryl Ladd's Spiritual Reflections

by Jack Tewksbury July 9, 2020
Actress Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Ladd presents at the 1987 Golden Globes.

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For over 40 years the HFPA has recorded famous and celebrated actresses, actors, and filmmakers. The world's largest collection of its kind - over 10,000  items - is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library.  Cheryl Ladd became a pop icon in 1976 when she replaced Farrah Fawcett in the hit TV show Charlie's Angels. In 1985 she starred in the TV movie Love on the Orient Express and the mini-series A Death in California. We had a press conference with her, and she talked about children and spiritual matters.

“Religion has a sort of strange connotation to it. Labels for everyone are not necessarily a healthy thing and certainly when you’re dealing with someone’s personal God and their personal spiritualism and what lives within their soul it's very individual. And as for being labeled a Born Again Christian or a Born Again Jew or a Born Again Muslim or whatever, I don’t think that’s very important. What is important is the spirituality that a person feels and that there is a God for them and that they are loving human beings.

I certainly try to teach children to go to church, experiencing what religion is about. They should be in a synagogue, they should understand other people’s forms of prayer and worship. I think that’s when they choose for themselves, where they express their spirituality. But as for saying that they are Christian children or they are going to be Jewish or they or going to be anything, I think that’s very much for them to decide, don’t you?”