Cynthia Rhodes Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Nov 30, 2023 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 27, 2022
Cynthia Rhodes garnered much fame when she appeared with Partick Swayze in 'Dirty Dancing.'
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About Cynthia Rhodes

Cynthia Rhodes was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 21, 1956, to Adrian Rhodes and Edna Rhodes.
She is a famous retired singer, dancer, and actress from the United States. Tina Tech in 'Flashdance,' officer Karen Thompson in 'Runaway,' Jackie in 'Staying Alive,' and Penny in 'Dirty Dancing' were some of her big cinematic appearances.
Cynthia Rhodes's roles in 'Staying Alive' and 'Dirty Dancing' received critical acclaim and much love from the general audience. Cynthia Rhodes, a native of Tennessee, started her career at Opryland USA in the '70s while still in high school. She rose to notoriety as a talented singer, actress, and dancer after appearing in films such as 'Flashdance,' 'Xanadu,' and 'Staying Alive.' She also starred in Toto's 'Roseanna' music video and Richard Marx's 'Don't Mean Nothing' music video.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Cynthia Rhodes's net worth?

Then actress, dancer, and singer Cynthia Rhodes has a net worth of around $9 million as of 2022.

How much does Cynthia Rhodes earn per year?

Cynthia Rhodes is estimated to earn around $100,000 every year in 2022.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Cynthia Rhodes?

Cynthia Rhodes, the 'Dirty Dancing' actress, stands at the height of 5 ft 7 in (170 cm).

How old is Cynthia Rhodes?

Cynthia Rhodes was born on November 21, 1956, so she is about 66 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Cynthia Rhodes was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 21, 1956, born to Adrian Rhodes and Edna Rhodes in Nashville. Cynthia Rhodes was brought up in Nashville.
She was an athletic child and won 30 gold medals for various categories in statewide competitions. She has remarked that her aspirations during her childhood were to compete in the Olympics. However, this dream was cut short when Cynthia decided to quit her athletic pursuits to focus on her other aspirations. She turned to the show business as she had grown up with music and dancing and decided to pursue them as a career. Her athletic training helped her during her early roles and other work in dancing. Cynthia Rhodes has always been conscious about her acting roles in the industry.
Her parents, Adrian Rhodes and Edna Rhodes helped her get classes for singing and dancing, which helped her jumpstart her career. Cynthia started her show business career as a dancer and singer at Opryland USA in the '70s while still being a student at Glencliff High School. Cynthia Rhodes spent her personal life growing up in a loving home. She tried to maintain a positive public image in her acting jobs and in the press, declining scripts that required nudity and refusing to appear in adult magazine photographs. 'Staying Alive' director Sylvester Stallone once stated that Cynthia would rather leave the industry than cause her parents any embarrassment.
She became an exceptional dancer and even played a dancer in many of her film roles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Cynthia Rhodes's partner?

Cynthia Rhodes was wife to Richard Marx, a singer-songwriter. They first met in 1983 while Marx was working on the soundtrack for the movie 'Staying Alive.' Marx was seven years senior to Cynthia at that time. Marx and Rhodes began dating two years later after meeting again at a party. On January 8, 1989, the couple got married after a four-year engagement. The couple has had three children named Lucas Marx, Brandon Marx, and Jesse Marx.
Cynthia Rhodes put up her acting profession after marrying Marx and having three boys to concentrate on her family. On April 4, 2014, a spokesman for Marx revealed that he and Rhodes were separating after being married for 25 years.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

In the concept musical 'Xanadu,' Rhodes had a minor part. She was also part of film director Russell Mulcahy's 'The Tubes Video,' a video piece choreographed by Kenny Ortega in 1982. The famous rock band 'The Tubes,' which has given hits like 'Talk To You Later,' 'Sports Fans,' 'Sushi Girl,' and 'Mondo Bondage,' was featured in this 52-minute music video, which also includes Rhodes among the three background dancers.
Cynthia's next role was as Tina Tech in the musical picture 'Flashdance.' Following the success of 'Flashdance,' Rhodes starred alongside John Travolta in 'Staying Alive,' a sequel to 1977's 'Saturday Night Fever.' As portrayed by Cynthia, Jackie was a bar band vocalist and an ensemble dancer and an occasional love interest for Travolta's character. Despite the negative reviews, the movie was a commercial success.
Rhodes made her non-dance debut in 1984 with Kristie Alley, Tom Selleck, and Gene Simmons, the science-fiction thriller 'Runaway' by Michael Crichton. Penny Johnson, a dance teacher, was her most prominent part in the sensational 1987 film 'Dirty Dancing,' featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. In the movie 'Curse Of The Crystal Eye,' Rhodes featured Jameson Parker.
The band Bee Gees' 'The Woman In You,' TOTO's 'Rosanna,' and Richard Marx's 'Don't Mean Nothing All' had Cynthia Rhodes in their music videos. Rhodes was a dancer in the early '80s glam rock band 'The Tubes.' For the recording of their third album of the original song, Cynthia Rhodes replaced lead vocalist Astrid Plane in the pop group Animotion.
Despite the popularity of the group's song 'Room To Move,' the album fell short of the group's prior success, reaching #110 on the pop charts, and the group separated soon after. Cynthia Rhodes and her then-husband Richard Marx co-wrote the smooth jazz track 'Perfect Day' for trumpet player Chris Botti's Christmas album, 'December' in 2002.

Other Interesting Cynthia Rhodes Facts And Trivia

  • Cynthia Rhoades' son, Lucas Marx, is an electro-pop musician known for his innovative music videos.
  • Cynthia's father, Adrian Rhodes, is also an actor.
  • Hailing from Nashville, the city of music, Cynthia's three sons are all prolific musicians with great fan following.
  • Cynthia Rhodes still resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Actress Cynthia Rhodes was active in the industry from 1970 to 1991, when she retired after having her three sons. She retired so she could raise her boys.
  • Rhodes has made appearances in various music videos, including 'Don't Mean Nothing' released in 1988, 'Rosanna' released in 1982, and 'Christmas Spirit' released in 2012.
  • She has also appeared in soundtracks, including 'Finding Out The Hard Way,' 'I'm Never Gonna Give You Up' released in 1983, and 'Room To Move' released in 1988.
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Cynthia Rhodes Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Cynthia Rhodes

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170 cm

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Actress, Singer, Dancer


Glencliff High School

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Edna Rhodes, Adrian Rhodes

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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