CHERYL ROGERS-BARNETT is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his first wife, Arline, and is the eldest of the Rogers’ children. While on a personal appearance tour in Texas, Roy stopped off in Dallas and visited the babies at Hope Cottage. As Roy told it, all the babies in the nursery would cry whenever he leaned over their cribs and tickled them under the chin. All, that is, except Cheryl, who grasped his finger, smiled and cooed. He said it was love at first sight.
Cheryl’s acting career was extremely brief, as a child she was introduced in the film feature “Meet Roy Rogers.” Had a line in “Trail of Robin Hood” and in the “Outlaws of Paradise Valley” episode of the Roy Rogers TV Show. Like the rest of the Rogers children, Cheryl appeared on several TV variety shows and in numerous commercials. She is the author of “Cowboy Princess” and “Cowboy Princess Rides Again,” and a co-author of “The All-American Cowboy Grill” cookbook. She has had several articles published in magazines and has written forewords and liner notes for books and CDs. Cheryl and her husband Larry are the co-producers of two documentaries, “Roy Rogers: In His Own Words” and “Dale Evans: A Most Remarkable Woman.” The documentaries are available on a DVD set.
Cheryl is in the History Channel project, “When Cowboys Were King.” Was a presenter at the 2nd Annual Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, introducing four of her father’s movies and one of her mother’s films. She also introduced two of her father’s films at the Traverse City Film Festival in MI. Cheryl has spoken at Brigham Young University on “Who Was Roy Rogers and Why Should We Care.” For two years, Cheryl conducted one-on-one interviews of the celebrities attending the Lone Pine Film Festival; some of those interviews are available on DVDs sold in the gift shop of the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, CA. She is kept busy speaking to various groups around the country such as: the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the Utah Farm Bureau, the Weatherford Texas Senior Center, the Allen Library in Allen, TX, the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, CA and the Western Legends Festival in Kanab, UT.
She has also contributed her time and talent to many worthwhile charitable groups. Along with her mother, Dale Evans, Cheryl was a charter member of the parent organization of Child Help USA, which after forty years still leads the national battle against child abuse. Cheryl and her husband, Larry, live in Washington, Utah. They have seven grown children, 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.