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She played Penny in “Dirty Dancing”. What is happening to Cynthia Rhodes now?

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Cynthia Rhodes was born on November 21, 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee, and from an early age her passion was music and dance. Due to her conservative upbringing by Baptist parents, she paid great attention to her reputation. For this reason, she reportedly rejected Playboy magazine photo shoots or roles in which she would show too much body.

She’d sooner quit her career before doing anything to embarrass her family

– Sylvester Stallone, the director of Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, in which Cynthia Rhodes starred opposite John Travolta, once said.

“Dirty Dancing” opened the door to fame and career

Although Cynthia won the audience’s sympathy with her participation in the movie “Staying Alive”, her real fame was ensured by the role of Penny Johnson in the already cult “Dirty Dancing”. Rhodes played there a dancing partner of Johnny (Patrick Swayze), who decides to have an abortion, which is a very important plot in the film, showing, among others, dangers related to its illegal carrying out. Eleanor Bergstein, the director and co-producer of the film, when asked why she decided to include it in a film about love and dance, replied:

Real people in real life sometimes choose to have an abortion, even when they are dancing or falling in love.

Children and their upbringing have become a priority for her

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On the set of Staying Alive, Cynthia Rhodes met Richard Marx with whom she became involved two years later. The seven-year age difference between them was controversial. Not everyone liked the fact that the actress was older than her partner. In 1987 they got married and had three sons. Their upbringing became a priority for Cynthia, so despite the huge success of the movie “Dirty Dancing”, in 1991 she ended her acting career with the film “Curse of the Crystal Eye”. Cynthia Rhodes and Richard Marx lived together for 25 years. In 2014, however, a spokesman for the musician announced their divorce.

It’s really nobody’s business. All I can say is that I was very lucky and blessed not only to be Cynthia’s husband all these years, but to simply spend time with her. There is no better man. I am so grateful that we were together, we raised wonderful children. There are no words to express what an amazing person Cynthia is

– he said in an interview for People magazine.

The actress’s ex-husband later married model Daisy Fuentes, while she remained single. Cynthia Rhodes is not active on social media, and she has not given an interview in a long time. Therefore, it is not known what is happening with her at the moment.

Source: Gazeta

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