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12 October 1954 |
Perth, Western Australia
In the early 1970s, she was twice a finalist in the Annual Miss West Coast bikini beauty pageant, staged in Perth each January. She was described as a "bombshell", and later appeared as a game show helper on local TV.
After appearing in obscure low-budget sex-comedy film Plugg (1975), shot in Perth, Rixon came to Melbourne and acted in several television roles for Crawford Productions. She played three different roles during the final episodes of Homicide. Her appearances did not feature much in the way of dialogue or characterisation and the focus was on showcasing her attractive figure in revealing costumes.
Starting in mid-1975 Rixon also began making appearances in Crawford Production's sex-comedy soap opera The Box. Playing television starlet Angela O'Malley, Rixon made several nude appearances in the series. Rixon left The Box towards the end of 1975, but returned for a three month stint starting February 1976.
She subsequently found fame as a nude pin-up model. She was Penthouse magazine's December 1977 Pet, and in 1979 she was chosen Penthouse's Pet of the Year in a televised pageant held at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. In July 1980 Cheryl kicked off New York Mayor Ed Koch's "Festival of Fragrances". She was again showcased with a ten-page spread in Penthouse in 1980, and posed for Oui magazine in November 1982. During this period she appeared in films such as The Eyes of Laura Mars and Used Cars and was dating heavy metal vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest who many years later came out as a gay man.
She did not receive the Penthouse prizes promised, and in 1985 took the company to the New York State Supreme Court which ruled that she was entitled to them. The judgment was later affirmed on appeal.
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