Cynthia Rhodes

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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.

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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 small roles in the fantasy musical Xanadu (1980) and Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1982), both of which were panned by critics. 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...
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