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.”
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She was born on November 21, 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. She is 62 years old as of 2018.
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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-year courtship.
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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.
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Marx and Rhodes have three children who are boys; Lucas Marx, Brandon Marx, and Jesse Marx.
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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 some-time love interest of Travolta’s character, Tony Manero. The film was commercially successful while poorly reviewed.
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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 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 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
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She retired from her performing career to raise her family.
Cynthia Rhodes Height
Rhodes stands at a height of 1.7 m.
Cynthia Rhodes Net Worth
Cynthia has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
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Cynthia Rhodes Interview
The “Dirty Dancing” star and the Rhodes not taken
Published; Aug. 22, 2017
Cynthia Rhodes really doesn’t want to do an “interview.” In fact, she hasn’t sat down with a member of the press in over 20 years.
A Nashville native, Rhodes appeared in a series of wildly popular films including “Flashdance” and “Staying Alive” in 1983. However, her most iconic role is dance instructor Penny Johnson in 1987’s enduring “Dirty Dancing.”
Though more projects came her way after bringing pregnant Penny’s cautionary tale to life, in the public’s mind, by the early ’90s, the actress had all but disappeared.
Why? Cynthia Rhodes had a baby. It was a simple choice: motherhood was more important—and she never looked back.
I was introduced to Rhodes during her recent vacation to Southwest Florida.
There I was, face to face with one of my heroes from my days studying theater in college. A woman whose success continues to epitomize the value of education and training to scores of wannabe dancers, singers and actors.
Just as “Dirty Dancing” taught us that “Baby” was corner-averse — at a minimum, we learned we shouldn’t put her there — my typical journalistic process had essentially taken Baby’s undesirable spot at the 90-degree convergence of two brick walls. What? No interview?
In truth, I fell victim to one of the most damaging practices today: “But I always do it this way” — seven words that destroy innovation and creative thought.
Though Rhodes respected my role as a journalist, she simply wanted to spend time with Randy the new friend, not Randy the interrogator.
So, did I “interview” her? No.
However, was I allowed to write about the “experience” of spending time with one of my idols? Yes. “I would be honored,” she said.
Rhodes likely understood what I had forgotten: In the end, it’s all about our experiences — not our salaries, titles, résumés, bank accounts or even our precious interview processes.
Regardless of your business, it’s ultimately about the experience your customers have with your products and services.
In life it’s about the experiences we have working together, learning together, growing together — of people looking each other in the eye and communicating in real time.
For Rhodes, life after Hollywood has been about the unparalleled experience of being a mother to her three sons.
And what began as my Type-A-inspired horror at having my interview process upended became an encounter I will never forget. One of my personal heroes got to “experience” my work firsthand.
Time with Rhodes added more proof to the theories of “listen,” don’t just “hear,” and “observe,” don’t just “see.” Goals worthy of consideration for anyone willing to unplug and reboot their thought process.
But most important, Cynthia Rhodes helped me create a new memory.
I shared a quote I unearthed from Sylvester Stallone, Rhodes’ “Staying Alive” director. Stallone had put forward the notion that Rhodes “would sooner quit the business before doing anything to embarrass her parents.”
Though the comment was made over 30 years ago, Rhodes had never heard it before. Nonetheless, she smiled warmly and agreed. Rhodes is most assuredly the product of her parents’ belief system and their enviable 65-plus year love affair.
Because yes, you can take Cynthia Rhodes out of the South, but you can’t take the “Southern girl” out of the Rhodes.
The lesson? When deliberating on how to react to a challenging situation, ask yourself this: “What would my parents want me to do?” Though many of us ignored this concept in our teens, it’s certainly worth another look see as we grow older.
Despite my editorial platform — one that celebrates the benefits of honesty and positive communication — I’ve certainly fallen victim, at times, to those who find it more interesting to disrespect and deceive than to be transparent and truthful.
Rhodes’ advice: “Kill ’em with kindness.”
When I cited a specific example, she replied: “You’re focusing on the negative. The question is: What did you get out of the process that was positive?”
Naturally, Rhodes was right on both counts. Southern charm wins again.
Cynthia Rhodes is a refreshing anomaly — a woman whose ego-free persona has not diminished her confidence, her highly principled and spiritually aligned life, or her steadfast support of the people and causes she loves.
She does not need to tell you how great she is to feel good about herself. Furthermore, she doesn’t need you to pat her on the back either — she much prefers to do the patting.
Rhodes is also proof of the ongoing power each of us has to inspire others through our work — regardless of our area of expertise.
“Her performances confirmed everything my dance-teacher mother taught me,” said Dawn Lebrecht Fornara, resident choreographer at The Naples Players.
“She had style and technique. She was a triple threat. She danced with such joy and freedom. As a young dancer, I longed to BE her.”
Rhodes also changed the life of a then-10-year-old Ryan Khatcheressian, of Leesburg, Virginia.
“My epiphany occurred when Cynthia performed the song ‘Finding Out the Hard Way’ in ‘Staying Alive.’ I remember being so moved at the emotion in her voice and the way she found the meaning in every single word. It was in that moment I knew I wanted to perform.”
And the long-term impact? Khatcheressian, now 36, is a high school business teacher, seasoned entertainer and co-host of OffBook Radio. He puts his Rhodes-inspired passion to use every time he stands on stage or, more important, addresses a group of students.
Though much as been written about the value of teachers and education, less has been printed about each individual’s everlasting ability to inspire others. Why? Most of us, including Rhodes, have no idea we’re doing it.
The point? Live each day as if every choice you make will inspire someone to write about you in 2046.
Best of all, Cynthia Rhodes lives and works in a no-regrets world. The opportunities are endless, overtime is welcomed, and the benefits package can’t be beat.