Cynthia Rhodes Biography
Cynthia Rhodes is a retired American singer, actress, and dancer. She has film roles in Flashdance (1983), Jackie in Staying Alive (1983) and Penny in Dirty Dancing (1987).
Cynthia began her brief show business career working at Opryland USA as a singer and also a dancer while attending Glencliff High School during the 1970s.
Being raised in a Baptist family, she tried to maintain a clean-cut image in her acting roles and also in the media, turning down scripts that required nudity and refusing offers to pose for pictorials in Playboy magazine. Sylvester Stallone, who is the director of Staying Alive, reinforced these facts by stating that Rhodes “would sooner quit the business before doing anything to embarrass her parents.”
She played a small role in the fantasy musical Xanadu (1980) with her next role as Tina Tech in the musical film Flashdance. After the film, Cynthia was cast opposite John Travolta in Sylvester Stallone’s 1983 film Staying Alive, a sequel to the 1977 hit film Saturday Night Fever. Her character, Jackie, was also an ensemble dancer, bar band singer, and sometime love interest of Travolta’s character, Tony Manero. The film was commercially successful while poorly reviewed.
Cynthia garnered her first non-dance related role in Michael Crichton’s 1984 science fiction thriller Runaway with Tom Selleck, Kirstie Alley, and Gene Simmons. Rhodes’ most notable role was as dance instructor Penny Johnson in the hit 1987 motion picture Dirty Dancing with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Rhodes’ final motion picture role was the character of Vickie Phillips opposite actor Jameson Parker in the sleeper action-adventure movie Curse of the Crystal Eye.
She also appeared as a dancer in music videos, such as “Rosanna” by the band Toto, “The Woman in You” by the Bee Gees, and “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx. In the early 1980s, Rhodes was a dancer for the glam rock band The Tubes when they toured. Cynthia later joined the 1980s pop group Animotion, she replaced the group’s singer Astrid Plane for the recording of its third album of original material. Though the group’s single “Room to Move” rose to No. 9 on the Billboard charts, the album later failed to match the group’s earlier success, peaking at only No. 110 on the pop charts where shortly thereafter, the group disbanded. Cynthia co-wrote the smooth jazz track “Perfect Day” with then-husband Richard Marx for December, trumpeter Chris Botti’s holiday album in 2002.
Cynthia Rhodes Age | How Old Is Cynthia Rhodes?
She was born on November 21, 1956, in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Cynthia Rhodes Death
Cynthia is still alive. Rumors about her death was a hoax.
Cynthia Rhodes Husband
She was married to singer-songwriter Richard Marx. They had met while Marx was working on the motion picture soundtrack for Staying Alive in 1983. She was seven years his senior and she thought Marx was much too young for her to date at the time. The couple did not start their relationship until two years later when they were reacquainted at a party. The couple married on January 8, 1989, after a four-years of courtship.
Cynthia Rhodes Divorce
According to a Us Weekly article dated April 4, 2014, Richard’s representative confirmed that he and Rhodes were divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
Cynthia Rhodes Children
Marx and Rhodes have three children who are boys; Lucas Marx, Brandon Marx, and Jesse Marx.
Cynthia Rhodes Body Measurements
- Height: 1.7 m
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Cynthia Rhodes Net Worth
Cynthia has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
Cynthia Rhodes Movies
- Staying Alive
- Dirty Dancing
- Curse of the Crystal Eye
Cynthia Rhodes Songs
- Room To Move
- Calling It Love
- I’m Never Gonna Give You Up
- Finding Out The Hard Way
Where is Cynthia Rhodes Now?
Many have been asking themselves what is Cynthia doing today? However, she retired from her performing career to raise her family.
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