Cheryl Miller
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1943
Birth Place:
Sherman Oaks, CA


Cheryl Miller -- also sometimes billed as Cheryl Lynn Miller -- was a popular ingenue of the mid-1960's, in movies and on television. She was born in Sherman Oaks, California in 1943 (some sources say 1944), and made her screen debut as an infint in the movie Casanova Brown (1944). She studied at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, taking occasional acting roles, on series such as Leave It To Beaver and Perry Mason, and photo modeling spots. The year 1965 marked her breakthrough -- first, though she didn't realize its importance at the time, a guest spot on Flipper brought her to the attention of producer Ivan Tors, who cast her in the feature film Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965), which became the pilot for a proposed series called Daktari. And she was discovered by Walt Disney, who signed her to a contract and put her into a prominent supporting role in The Monkey's Uncle (1965). And in November of that year, she was named one of dozen actresses designated as Hollywood Deb Stars of 1966, a group that also included Melody Patterson, Edy Williams, Peggy Lipton, and Sally Field, and led to her appearance on a television special early the following year. Daktari was sold as a series and in January of 1966 Miller and the rest of the cast, headed by Marshall Thompson, headed for Africa to begin filming. For the next four years, Miller was seen as Paula Tracy, the daughter of veterinarian Marsh Tracy, on the series. Following the cancellation of the series in early 1969, she was cast in the short-lived daytime drama Bright Promise. By that time, her wholesome good looks were no longer in fashion. Her public support for Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential race -- alongside such marginal pop-culture figures as Burt Ward (Robin on Batman) -- reflected how out-of-touch she was, in terms of image. Miller continued to work regularly, mostly in television, and also ventured into a singing career for a time -- and got onto The Tonight Show -- and by the 1970s her days of co-starring roles were behind her. Miller's last recorded small-screen appearance was in an episode of The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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