Cheryl Walker (actress)

Cheryl Walker (August 1, 1918 – October 24, 1971) was an American fashion model and actress.

Cheryl Walker
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Cheryl Walker in Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Born(1918-08-01)August 1, 1918
DiedOctober 24, 1971(1971-10-24) (aged 53)
Resting placeSan Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, California
OccupationActress, model
Years active1938–1948
Spouse(s)Dr. Jay Etzell Coumbe (1940-?) (divorced) (1 child)
Tway W. Andrews (?-1971) (her death)
Children1

Early yearsEdit

 
Katharine Hepburn and Cheryl Walker in Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Born in South Pasadena, California to Everett Dale and Pauline S. Walker, she attended Pasadena Junior College, where she was a champion swimmer.[1] Walker won the 1938 Tournament of Roses pageant leading to a brief career as a model and the beginning of a brief film career.

CareerEdit

On January 4, 1938, Walker signed a contract with Paramount Pictures.[2] She appeared in small, uncredited roles in several films from 1938 until her first substantial role in Chasing Trouble (1940) with Frankie Darro. She briefly took the name Sharon Lee for the film Secrets of a Model (1940), which provided her first starring role, before returning to minor roles. She was Veronica Lake's double in the film Sullivan's Travels (1941), and was the female lead in Shadows on the Sage (1942). She also was Claudette Colbert's stand-in on No Time for Love. Her most substantial role was in Stage Door Canteen[3] (1943) in which she played a hostess at the canteen who meets and falls in love with a serviceman. She continued appearing in films until her retirement in 1948.

Later yearsEdit

In the late 1950s, Walker traveled throughout Southern California giving speeches to civic and church groups on "the menace of communism". She belonged to the San Marino Republican Women's Club and co-founded and was president of the Tuesday Morning Study Club which presented annual patriotism awards to anti-communist activists such as George Putnam, Baxter Ward, Matt Cvetic, Chief William Parker, Congressman Donald Jackson, and Jenkin Lloyd Jones. [4]

Personal lifeEdit

On December 16, 1940, Walker married Dr. Jay Etzell Coumbe; they had one daughter, Dayle. They later divorced. She married, secondly, to Tway W. Andrews, who survived her.

DeathEdit

Walker died of cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rose Tournament Queen Is Selecte". The Press Democrat. California, Santa Rosa. United Press. December 16, 1937. p. 1. Retrieved June 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ "Tournament's Queen Given Picture Role". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. January 5, 1938. p. 13. Retrieved June 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ Coons, Robbin (December 30, 1942). "Queen of the Roses (Back in '39), Cheryl Walker Took Up with Hollywood and Stuck to Job; Star Role Now Near". The Monitor. Texas, McAllen. p. 4. Retrieved June 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ Cheryl Walker biography at Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen site

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