Cherry Boone: What Happened to Pat Boone’s Daughter?

Cherry Boone

Cherry Boone is an American writer, author, and singer. She is the daughter of iconic entertainer Pat Boone. Cherry Boone’s father has been ranked by Billboard as the second-biggest-charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley, and was ranked at No. 9 in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955–1995. Boone held the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week until the 2010s.

Cherry Boone: Bio Summary

Full NameCheryl Lynn “Cherry” Boone
Other namesCherry Boone O’Neill
famous as*Daughter of Pat Boone
Age 69 years old as of 2023
Date of BirthJuly 7, 1954
Place of Birth  Denton, Texas, United States
Zodiac signCancer
Husband Dan O’Neill (m. 1975)
Children Kylie O’Neill, Kevyn O’Neill, Brittany O’Neill, 
Brendan O’Neill, Casey O’Neill
Siblings  Laurey BooneLinda Boone, Debby Boone
Parents  Pat Boone, Shirley Boone

How old is Pat Boone’s daughter, Cherry Boone?

Cherry Boone was born on July 7, 1954, in Denton, Texas, the first daughter of Pat Boone and Shirley Lee Foley Boone. As of 2023, she is 69 years old. She is not the only child of the iconic entertainer, she has three sisters: Debby Boone, Lindy Boone, and Laury Boone.

The siblings were brought up in a religious family. She is the granddaughter of country music star Red Foley. In a 2007 interview on The 700 Club, Cherry’s father claimed to be the great-great-great-great-grandson of the American pioneer Daniel Boone.

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The four sisters formed a Vocal group, The Boones, in the 1970s

The sisters started touring with their parents at a very young age. Coming from a family with talents, Cherry and her sisters formed a pop singing group that went by the stage name The Boones. They went on to release their debut album, The Boone Girls which made waves, especially in the Christian gospel community.

They made Billboard’s AC charts twice, with “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (No. 25) in 1975, a remake of the Supremes’ first top 40 hit, and “Hasta Maana” (No. 32) in 1977, a cover of a track from ABBA’s Waterloo album. Sadly, the sisters’ music group didn’t last long.

With her sisters, she appeared on several television shows during the 1970s including The Merv Griffin Show, Flip, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Perry Como’s Springtime Special, The Bob Braun Show, and their father in the Pat Boone and Family TV movie and subsequent holiday TV specials.

Cherry Boone O’Neill (Front Row, Far Left)

Cherry’s experiences and recovery from anorexia nervosa.

During her teenage years in the early 1970s, Cherry developed anorexia- an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of weight. At this time the condition was not well understood with many doctors not knowing much of its existence or how to treat it.

My Doctor didn’t even tell me the name of what I was struggling with; I thought I was just some isolated freak going through this weird behaviour all by myself.“- She revealed on an episode of Wellbeing . Cherry Boone became much more popular following the death of her friend, pop singer Karen Carpenter, in 1983 from complications related to anorexia nervosa.

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The two friends met in 1982, while Carpenter was in resident therapy with psychotherapist Steven Levenkron in New York City. Boone was a recovered anorexic and former patient at the time. Later that year, Pat Boone’s daughter, Cherry Boone released Starving for Attention, a memoir about her experience, recovery, and life as a former anorexic.

Two years later Cherry Boone wrote Dear Cherry: Questions and Answers on Eating Disorders. The book was written to respond to questions and letters she had received after the publication of her previous book.  Another follow-up publication was Living on the Border of Disorder: How to Cope with an Addictive Person.

Cherry Boone is a Wife and mother

Cherry is married to Dan O’Neill. The couple tied the knot in October 1975 with their ceremony officiated by the founder of the Church on the Way.  The couple soon started their own family and now have four daughters and a son, Brittany (born 1981), Brendan (born 1983), Casey (born 1986), Kevyn (born 1989), and Kylie (born 1992).  Charry and her husband went on to convert to Catholicism. Cherry Boone’s husband Dan O’Neill was a co-founder of Mercy Corps relief organization.

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