California native Cheryl Holdridge grew up in a household where show business was the norm, as her mother had formerly been a dancer. Following in her mom's footsteps, she began studying tap and ballet when she was small, dancing professionally by nine. Being so close to the bright lights of Hollywood made the jump to the screen a natural one, and in 1956, the 12 year old joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club. She was a popular member of the show's cast and stayed with the series until it was canceled in 1959. Holdridge kept acting, however, and found no shortage of roles. She made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows over the coming years before abruptly retiring in 1964 when she got married.