Nov. 21st, 1956
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Cynthia Rhodes (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress, singer and dancer most noted for her roles in Dirty Dancing, Flashdance and Staying Alive.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Rhodes began her career working at Opryland USA as a singer and dancer while attending Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tennessee, during the 1970s. Born and raised in a Baptist family, Rhodes tried to maintain a clean-cut image in her acting roles and in the media. During her brief career, she turned down scripts that required nudity and refused offers to pose for pictorials in Playboy magazine. 'Sylvester Stallone', the director of Staying Alive, reinforced these facts by stating that Rhodes "would sooner quit the business before doing anything to embarrass her parents".
Rhodes played a small role in the fantasy musical Xanadu (1980). Following a minor part as Tina Tech in the musical film Flashdance, Rhodes played the role of Jackie, an ensemble dancer, bar band singer, and character Tony Manero's (John Travolta) love interest in Sylvester Stallone's film Staying Alive, the poorly received sequel to the hit film Saturday Night Fever.
Rhodes garnered her first non-dance related role in Michael Crichton's science fiction thriller Runaway with 'Tom Selleck', 'Kirstie Alley' and 'Gene Simmons'. Her 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.
Rhodes also appeared as a dancer in music videos, such as "Rosanna" by the band Toto, "Woman In You" by the Bee Gees, and "Don't Mean Nothing" by 'Richard Marx'. She was a dancer for the glam rock band The Tubes when they toured in the early 1980s. Rhodes later joined the 80's pop group Animotion replacing the group's singer Astrid Plane for the recording of its third and final album of original material. Though the group's single "Room to Move" rose to #9 on the Billboard charts, the album failed to match the group's earlier success, peaking at only #110 on the pop charts; shortly thereafter, the group disbanded. In 2002, Rhodes co-wrote the smooth jazz track "Perfect Day" with husband Richard Marx for December, trumpeter Chris Botti's holiday album.
Rhodes is married to singer/songwriter 'Richard Marx'. They met in 1983, while Marx was working on the motion picture soundtrack for Staying Alive. Rhodes, seven years his senior, thought Marx was much too young for her to date at the time. Marx and Rhodes didn't start their relationship until two years later, when they were reacquainted at a party. After a four-year courtship, the couple married on January 8, 1989. After marrying Marx, Rhodes retired from film acting, dancing, and singing to become stay-at-home mother to the couple's three sons.They currently reside in Lake Bluff, Illinois.
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