Rainbeaux Smith

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Rainbeaux Smith
Cheryl Smith in 1976.png
Smith in Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)
Born
Cheryl Lynn Smith

(1955-06-06)June 6, 1955
DiedOctober 25, 2002(2002-10-25) (aged 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesCheryl Rainbeaux
Cheryl RX Smith
Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith
Rainbeaux Smith
OccupationActress
Years active1971–1983
AgentDavid-Rifkin Agency

Cheryl Lynn "Rainbeaux" Smith (June 6, 1955 – October 25, 2002) was an American actress and musician who appeared in a number of mainstream features, exploitation and horror films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. She made her feature debut as lead in the major supernatural horror film Lemora (1973), followed by Caged Heat (1974), Massacre at Central High (1976), and Slumber Party ‘57 (1976) (Debra Winger's debut film). She had the title role in Michael Pataki's musical comedy Cinderella (1977).

Career[edit]

Smith was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her first film appearance was in the short The Birth of Aphrodite after a friend of her mother suggested her for the role. This led to supporting roles in other films, including the cult classic B-movies Caged Heat, Phantom of the Paradise, The Swinging Cheerleaders, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, The Pom-Pom Girls, The Incredible Melting Man, Laserblast and a cameo role in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke. Perhaps her most striking role in a major release was in a violent bedroom scene opposite a near unknown Sylvester Stallone in the 1975 version of the Philip Marlowe classic Farewell, My Lovely, starring Robert Mitchum. Her starring debut was in the cult-horror film Lemora and her greatest success came as the titular character in Cinderella (1977).

An accomplished musician and artist, Smith was briefly associated with The Runaways during the production of the motion picture We're All Crazy Now, after Sandy West and Lita Ford quit the group in pre-production. An impromptu group was created on the spot, casting Smith through her counsel Stann Findelle and Runaways manager Toby Mamis. The group was fronted by Joan Jett with Smith on the drums as "Sandy". She briefly continued playing drums for Joan Jett after that band's breakup.[2]

Smith cut an album with a band known as the "L.A. Girls" as the drummer and lead singer. In 1980, Smith was among the performers who collaborated with record producer Jack Nitzsche on the original soundtrack for the William Friedkin film, Cruising.[3] Smith contributed a spoken-word performance of her song, "Sure" for producer and writer Harvey Kubernik's 1982 album, "Voices Of The Angels", which also featured performances by Charles Bukowski and Danny Sugerman.

She was once a Penthouse Pet of the Month.[citation needed] Smith maintained a modeling career and sat for noted photographers Ron Raffaelli and Jan Deen,[4] as well as commercial fashion photographers.

She had a relationship and lived with Glenn Willis, and lived with Ethan Margalith when he founded Starving Students Moving Company.[citation needed] Smith also had relationships with professional musicians Phil Lee, John Sterling (with whom she had a son, Justin), and Brett Smiley.

Death[edit]

Cheryl Smith died in the early morning hours on October 25, 2002 of complications from liver disease and hepatitis after being addicted for two decades to heroin.[2]

Discography[edit]

Artist/Album Year of release Notes
Joan Jett (self titled) 1980 Backing vocals, credited as "Rainbow Smith"
"Cruising" Original Soundtrack 1980 Drums, "When I Close My Eyes I See Blood"
Joan Jett "Bad Reputation" 1981 Backing vocals, credited as "Rainbow Smith"
Various Artists "Voices Of The Angels" 1982
Various Artists "The Sound Of Hollywood Girls" 1983
"Du Beat-E-O" Original Soundtrack 1985
Joan Jett "The First Sessions" 2015 Backing vocals

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Evel Knievel Girl Buying Ticket At Rodeo Uncredited
1971 The Birth of Aphrodite Aphrodite Credited as Cheryl Smith
1973 Lemora Lila Lee
1974 Caged Heat Lavelle
1974 The Swinging Cheerleaders Andrea
1974 Video Vixens Twinkle Twat Girl Alternative title: Black Socks
1974 Phantom of the Paradise Groupie
1974 The Tale of Rumpelstiltskin The miller's daughter
1975 Farewell, My Lovely Doris
1976 The Pom Pom Girls Roxanne Alternative title: Palisades High
1976 Revenge of the Cheerleaders Heather Alternative title: H.O.T.S. III
1976 Drum Sophie Maxwell
1976 Massacre at Central High Mary Alternative title: Blackboard Massacre
1976 Slumber Party '57 Sherry Alternative title: Teenage Slumber Party
1976 Logan's Run (film) Screamer Party Girl (Uncredited)
1976 The Quest (1976 TV series) Blonde Girl Episode 14 - "The Seminole Negro Indian Scouts"
1977 Cinderella Cinderella Alternative title: The Other Cinderella
1977 Boogievision Naked Hippie Girl On Motorcycle Uncredited
1977 Game Show Models Unknown Uncredited
1977 The Incredible Melting Man The Model
1977 The Choirboys Tammy
1977 Fantasm Comes Again Carol Segment: "Double Feature"
1978 Laserblast Kathy Farley
1978 Up in Smoke Laughing Lady
1979 We're All Crazy Now Runaways Drummer Sandy West (Rainbeaux)
1980 Melvin and Howard Patient Ronnie
1981 The Choice Chris Television movie
1981 Nice Dreams Blondie Group #1 Credited as Cheryl RX Smith
1982 Hart to Hart Woman Episode: "Harts Under Glass"
1982 Vice Squad White Prostitute
1982 Parasite Captive Girl
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Veronica Lake Uncredited
1983 Independence Day Ginny (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith, Rip - Grave Marker". Rainbeauxsmith.net. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  2. ^ a b Barbour, Chris. "Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith: The Life, Times, Death And Letters Of A Drive-In Diva". Bill George'S Red Hot Planet.Net. Rainbeauxsmith.net. Archived from the original on 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  3. ^ https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Record-World/80s/80/Record-World-1980-01-12.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ "Retro-futurist Nostalgia – JAN DEEN".

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