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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 June 1955Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 25 October 2002Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from hepatitis)
Birth NameCheryl Lynn Smith

Mini Bio (1)

Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith is an actress quite familiar to genre film fans. With leads in "B" pictures and meaty smaller parts in more major ones, her career showed great promise in the 1970s. Alas, it was not meant to be . . . the lure of hard drugs was to bring tragedy to the lovely and talented "Rainbeaux" (a nickname given her for being a mainstay at L.A.'s Rainbow Club, a popular spot for musicians). She was once a member of the legendary girl band The Runaways, but heroin plagued her life for many years and caused her to contract hepatitis, which ultimately killed her. She is the mother of a son, allegedly sired by a member of the rock band The Animals.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Trivia (5)

Had a sizable co-starring role in the original longer version of The Driver (1978), but the subplot involving her character was excised and subsequently all of her other scenes were cut out as well. Director Walter Hill regretted cutting them and spoke favorably about Smith's acting skills.
Grew up in the '60s just off the Sunset Strip.
Served two terms in prison. While there she put her artistic talents to use designing tattoos for fellow inmates.
Had a son named Justin.
Auditioned for the role of Iris in Taxi Driver (1976).

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