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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 21, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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This Nashville native began her professional career as a singer and dancer at Opryland, U.S.A. in the early 1970s. An attractive blonde, Rhodes began to branch out into TV while still at Opryland. She segued to features as an ensemble dancer in the overblown disaster "Xanadu" (1980) and Francis Ford Coppola's musical misfire "One From the Heart" (1982). After a small role in the surprise smash "Flashdance" (1983), Rhodes landed one of the female leads opposite John Travolta in Sylvester Stallone's "Staying Alive" (also 1983), the unnecessary sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). Rhodes had her first non-musical role as Tom Selleck's partner in the effects-driven "Runaway" (1984). Perhaps her best screen role was as Patrick Swayze's sexy dance partner whose pregnancy opens the way for Jennifer Grey in the hit "Dirty Dancing" (1987). Rhodes has seemingly retired from screen acting since her 1989 marriage to singer Richard Marx.

This Nashville native began her professional career as a singer and dancer at Opryland, U.S.A. in the early 1970s. An attractive blonde, Rhodes began to branch out into TV while still at Opryland. She segued to features as an ensemble dancer in the overblown disaster "Xanadu" (1980) and Francis Ford Coppola's musical misfire "One From the Heart" (1982). After a small role in the surprise smash "Flashdance" (1983), Rhodes landed one of the female leads opposite John Travolta in Sylvester Stallone's "Staying Alive" (also 1983), the unnecessary sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). Rhodes had her first non-musical role as Tom Selleck's partner in the effects-driven "Runaway" (1984). Perhaps her best screen role was as Patrick Swayze's sexy dance partner whose pregnancy opens the way for Jennifer Grey in the hit "Dirty Dancing" (1987). Rhodes has seemingly retired from screen acting since her 1989 marriage to singer Richard Marx.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crystal Eye, The (1989)
2.
 Dirty Dancing (1987) Penny Johnson
3.
 Runaway (1984) Karen Thompson
4.
 Staying Alive (1983) Jackie
5.
 Flashdance (1983) Tina Tech
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1974:
Professional debut at age 17, singing and dancing with "Opryland, U.S.A." in Nashville (date approximate)
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First regular TV appearances on "Music Hall America"
1980:
First film appearance as dancer in "Xanadu"
1980:
Toured with rock band "The Tubes"
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Appeared in the music video of "Roseanna" by Toto
1983:
Played leading role opposite John Travolta in "Staying Alive"
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Was a member of the pop band Animotion
1989:
Made last film to date "The Crystal Eye"
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husband:
Richard Marx. Singer. Born on September 16, 1963; married on January 8, 1989.

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son:
Brandon Caleb Marx. Born September 11, 1990.
son:
Lucas Marx. Born September 14, 1992.
son:
Jesse Marx. Born January 4, 1994.

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