Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith

Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith

Rainbeaux Smith
Born Cheryl Lynn Smith
(1957-06-06)June 6, 1957
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died October 25, 2002(2002-10-25) (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Cheryl Rainbeaux
Cheryl RX Smith
Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith
Rainbeaux Smith
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–1983
Agent David-Rifkin Agency

Cheryl Lynn "Rainbeaux" Smith (June 6, 1957 – October 25, 2002) was an American actress. She was known for her role in the exploitation film Caged Heat".


Smith was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Smith's 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, Laserblast and a cameo role in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke. Her starring debut was in the cult horror film Lemora.

An accomplished musician and artist, Cheryl 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, fronted by Joan Jett with Cheryl on the drums as "Sandy". She briefly continued playing drums for Joan Jett after that band's breakup.[2] She cut an album with a band known as the "L.A. Girls" as the drummer and lead singer in that band. She was a former "Penthouse" pet of the month. She had a relationship and lived with Glenn Willis, in Hollywood, California. She lived with her first true love, Ethan Margalith, when he founded Starving Students Moving Company in Hollywood CA, at the age of 17.

Smith's film career effectively ended after she became addicted to heroin in the mid 1980s. In the late 1980s she was arrested several times for drug-related offenses, and twice served time in prison. After her release, she was homeless for some time, and was often hospitalized for problems stemming from her addiction.


Cheryl Smith died in the early morning hours on October 25, 2002, of complications from liver disease and hepatitis after a two decade struggle with heroin addiction.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Birth of Aphrodite Aphrodite Credited as Cheryl Smith
1971 Evel Knievel Girl buying ticket at rodeo Uncredited
1973 Lemora Lila Lee
1974 Caged Heat Lavelle
1974 The Swinging Cheerleaders Andrea
1974 Phantom of the Paradise Groupie
1975 Video Vixens "Twinkle Twat" Girl Alternative title: Black Socks
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
1977 Boogievision Naked hippie girl on motorcycle Uncredited
1977 Cinderella Cinderella
1977 Game Show Models Uncredited
1977 The Choirboys Tammy
1977 Fantasm Comes Again Carol Segment: "Double Feature"
1977 The Incredible Melting Man The Model
1978 Laserblast Kathy Farley
1978 Up in Smoke Laughing lady
1979 "We're All Crazy Now" [Unreleased] Runaways Drummer Sandy West- renamed 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 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Veronica Lake Uncredited
1983 Independence Day Ginny


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Find a Grave