Cheryl Ladd didn’t start working for Charlie until the second season. She replaced Farrah Fawcett-Majors as one of Charlie’s Angels. And with her new job came a lifetime friend in co-star Jaclyn Smith.
Ladd, 69, told Fox News recently that they’re in near-constant contact.
“We see each other all the time,” she said. “I see her in LA all the time when I’m there. We have lunch, and we hang. We talk all the time on the phone.
Even to this day, Ladd says, “We ended up being really good friends. Lifelong friends.
“It’s really interesting because when you do something so specific, so iconic and you are in it when it was huge – it is something you can explain to people, but until you’ve done it, it is different,” she continued. “We think back often about how crazy that time was. We had to go into restaurants through the back door.
Ladd continued: “We weren’t prepared for how much people would love the show. It was wonderful, but it was wild.”
Ladd Had Big Shoes to Fill on ‘Charlie’s Angels’
While there were always three angels, one was the early break-out star. Thanks in part to an iconic bathing suit poster, Farrah Fawcett-Majors felt she was outgrowing Charlie’s Angels. So she left the show, and whoever replaced her was going to have to try and fill that void.
Ladd was nervous but felt up to the task. She said she wanted to ease any tension and calm fears by starting out with a big joke.
“My first day on the job, I wore a t-shirt that said, ‘Farrah Fawcett Minor’ since she was ‘Farrah Fawcett Majors,’” said Ladd. “Everyone laughed. I made a lot of friends right away. I got to work and hoped that the character of Kris Munroe would be funny and quirky.
She also added: “I wanted her to be somebody that people could root for.”
Charlie’s Angels got even more popular with Ladd in the cast. However, things weren’t going as well behind the scenes for her. She was losing her vision because of cataracts that required surgery.
“I first noticed it when I was driving at night,” Ladd recalled. “The cars coming at me. The lights were so blurry. I couldn’t figure out how far away I was from the cars. That really scared me. I was having difficulty reading, even with readers that I was using at the time. That was a big wake-up call for me.”
Thankfully, the surgery was a success and Ladd regained her vision. She credits God and her doctors for seeing her through.
She’s spent the past year in quarantine spending time with her grandchildren and, of course, talking to Jaclyn Smith.