Rare photos of Cheryl Miller being offered for sale–you truly have not seen these!

I was recently contacted by Eric Seidenglanz (Cheryl’s son) informing me of a rare collection of photos being offered for sale.  He is currently putting together a book of tribute to Cheryl Miller (who fully supports the effort, happy “keep the Daktari dreams alive.”).

There is the possibility of a film being made in the future with Cheryl revisiting her role as Paula Tracy–nothing solid yet but we’ll keep on top of it.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on these fabulous photos! I collected over one hundred in my original scrapbook (now sadly gone) and have since probably quadrupled that amount collecting online pictures. I only spotted three familiar pictures out of the sixty-seven displayed. The pictures cover the span of her career from the early 1960s to the 1980s.

I’m just going to post a few as a tease – you have to take a look for yourself:

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Find all sixty-seven photos here: http://elleicons.tictail.com/products/prints/cheryl-miller


Did she or didn’t she?

Remember when I asked in the last post if Cheryl Miller had had some work done on her teeth? Walter just alerted me to two new pictures on eBay which I think settles the question in my mind.

First, here’s a cute picture of Cheryl with her iguanas, Herbie and Winifred:

cheryl miller with iguanas

This is from the same session that gave us this equally cute photo:

cheryl miller with her guitar-featured

These remind me of another one in the series where she is reading with her iguana. It used to be part of my original collection that got lost. Maybe that picture will show up again!

Here is the second photo–this is from the Golden Globes where she assisted in the presentation of the awards:

cheryl miller with sandra dee and bobby darin

Cheryl Miller with Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee

That’s when it caught my eye that a tooth had been worked on – check the side-by-side:

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Funny how a single tooth can make such a difference. Cheryl always had a radiant smile but it is better with that tooth put in its place. 🙂


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Cheryl Miller, deb star, just before Daktari, at a movie premiere

Really cute picture from our friend Walter (thanks again!). I am guessing this is just before Daktari. It makes me wonder if she had a little bit of work done on her teeth as there is a slight imperfection in her smile here. What do you think?

Can anybody guess who her escort is and what TV show he starred in? The answer is below …

Still, totally adorable!

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cheryl miller deb star movie premiere

I love the old-fashioned phone number. 🙂

This is available on eBay if you want it.

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How well do you know Daktari? Play this game to find out!

For the fan, this game is a no-brainer but it’s fun! Just click on the image to give it a whirl.


Cheryl Miller on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson

Do any of you get Antenna TV on your cable system? If so, check this out:


Cheryl appeared twice on that show (and maybe singing) on 19 july 1972 and 30 august 1972; she was trying to launch a singing career during that time.

cheryl miller with her guitar

The article states that Antenna TV will start with the 1972 episodes.

Thanks to Walter for this tip, and the great picture!


Happy Birthday, Cheryl Miller! February 4th

Eternally lovely!

cheryl and yale at party

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640 cheryl miller in 1998

cheryl miller of daktari today


Daktari “Bloopers” — maybe you’ve spotted some?

This could be a fun discussion — every show has bloopers — here’s some that Ken Lynch discovered.

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When television series were filmed in the 1960s, there was often little thought given to the potential for repeated viewings and the scrutiny that each episode could be subjected to.  At most, the show’s  producers could have expected a first screening on relatively small sized televisions and a limited
number of repeat screenings in syndication.

Since the 1960s, the advent of VHS video tapes, DVDs and big screen televisions has given fans an opportunity to watch their favourite shows over and over again.  More particularly, it is possible to see mistakes made during filming that were not obvious at the time and to freeze-frame individual sequences.

Daktari is not immune to this situation.  A recent viewing of early episodes has revealed at least one such ‘blooper’!

We all know that the majority of the outdoor scenes representing Wameru Reserve were filmed at ‘Africa USA’, a large area of open countryside located in Soledad Canyon about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.  Because animals freely roamed the area, there were obviously fences erected around the property.

Every effort was made by the Daktari producers to create an impression of the remoteness of the African bush by disguising these fences and overhead wires which provided power to the area.

“Leopards of Mdala Gorge”

However, in Episode 1.6 “Leopards of Mdala Gorge”, there are two sequences in which such evidence of civilization can clearly be seen. The storyline concerns a team of archaeologists who pitch their tents and establish a camp in Mdala Gorge, a supposedly very remote area of the Wameru Reserve.  Yet the following two pictures from this episode feature power poles and fences which are plainly visible!

Leopards 1

Leopards 2
“Maneater of Wameru”

Then in Episode 1.12 “Maneater of Wameru”, there are another two sequences containing ‘bloopers’. The storyline this time concerns a hostile tribe of poachers who attack Hedley in the middle of the isolated African bush.  The first of the two pictures below from this episode shows the vapour trail of a jetliner crossing the ‘Africa USA’ skyline behind the poachers!  The second shows a glimpse of a production light used to illuminate the filming of a sequence involving Clarence jumping from the back of Daktari’s truck.

Maneater 1

Maneater 2

Perhaps other readers of this website have spotted similar ‘bloopers’ while watching Daktari episodes on DVD?  It might be interesting to reveal just how many other mistakes slipped past the producers at the time!