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Spotlight on Cheryl Holdridge: Wally Cleaver's Girlfriend Julie Foster on Leave it to Beaver!

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Put yourself back in the late 1950s..."going steady" was such a big deal and there were not virtual status updates to prove this achievement! Leave it to Beaver definitely covered all the bases with teen dating!  Who remembers JULIE FOSTER ?? She was one of the two girls Wally dated on an ongoing basis. According to her father, Julie has blue eyes... In the episode "Teacher's Daughter", Julie's father was Wally, Eddie and Lumpy's English teacher. She first appeared in "Wally's Weekend Job" and Wally is more interested in Julie than Mary Ellen Rogers beginning in "The Younger Brother." In "Wally's Dinner Date" Wally takes Julie to The White Fox Restaurant... She appears again in "The Mustache" and she had a brother that's old enough to drive.

 

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She was born Cheryl Lynn Phelps on June 20, 1944, in New Orleans and moved to Los Angeles when she was 2. Her mother, Julie Austin, was a former Ziegfeld Follies featured dancer and comedian and encouraged her to express herself through dance.

Cheryl Holdridge first performed professionally at the age of nine in the New York City Ballet's version of The Nutcracker in Los Angeles. Her first screen appearance was as an uncredited extra in the 1956 film production of Carousel.

 

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She auditioned for Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club in the spring of 1956, was hired for the club's "Red Team"—the most visible and popular of the Mouseketeers. Though a good dancer, her weak singing voice kept her in the background of most musical numbers performed by the Mouseketeers. A competent actress with a pleasant speaking voice, she was employed for two of the show's episodic serials: Boys of the Western Sea and Annette. After the show's run ended, Holdridge returned to Van Nuys High School and graduated from Grant High School with the winter 1961 class. She was cast in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver in 1959 as 'Gloria Cusick'; she later played an occasional, recurring role as Wally Cleaver's girlfriend, Julie Foster.

From 1960, Holdridge made guest appearances on over twenty different shows, including The Rifleman, My Three Sons, Bewitched, Bringing Up Buddy The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bachelor Father. She retired from acting in 1964 to marry race car driver Lance Reventlow, to whom she was wed until his death in 1972. After the death of her third husband, Holdridge made a cameo appearance in the 2000 feature film, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. In 2005, she appeared at Disneyland for 50th anniversary celebrations of both the opening of the park and The Mickey Mouse Club. She was cast in televised documentary specials about Cary Grant (2005) and Barbara Hutton (2006), and has also appeared in a special feature interview for a Disney DVD.

 

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Holdridge was a long-time supporter of environmental causes and charities including the Children's Burn Foundation for which she served as a Council Member, and with her third marriage became more active in fund-raising events... Sadly, Cheryl Holdridge died at her home in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with lung cancer, said Doreen Tracey, another former Mouseketeer.

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