Cheetah Girls
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Author’s Creation, Disney’s Jackpot

Deborah Gregory, author of the “Cheetah Girls” novels. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)
Gregory, who says she hasn’t gotten her share of the “Cheetah Girls” profits, relaxes in the cramped studio apartment she rents in Manhattan. “People think I must be living in a palace.... But look at this place.” (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Los Angeles Times)
A signed poster for the “Cheetah Girls 2" tour. Gregory’s books led to a marketing bonanza. (Disney Channel)
A scene from the Disney Channel movie “The Cheetah Girls 2,” starring Raven, Kiely Williams, Adrienne Bailon and Sabrina Bryan. (Bob D’Amico / Disney Channel)
A scene from “The Cheetah Girls 2.” The first “Cheetah Girls” movie was broadcast in 2003, drawing an estimated 6.5 million viewers on its first night; the second aired in 2006, attracting 8 million. (Salva Ayala / Disney Channel)
Clockwise from top, “Cheetah Girls” Kiely Williams, Adrienne Bailon, Raven and Sabrina Bryan. (Peter Tangen / Disney)