Nov. 3, 2002, 5:20 a.m. CST
hey, i live down under, so i can say that. ya know, i wouldn't know rainbeaux smith if she wandered nude through the set of 'stuart little 3', but i remember reading her name during my exhaustive research into '70s B-flicks and thinking "now that's a cool-sounding hippie handle". since then, she's kinda been the embodiment of one cool-ass era, if you ask me. hope she's swimming nude in an endless 1974 malibu summer of the lord, where the reefer is plentiful, the red wine flowing and the sex casual, friendly and no-questions-asked - RIP cheryl.
Nov. 3, 2002, 7:26 a.m. CST
She was a tragic beauty and will be missed.
Nov. 3, 2002, 8:12 a.m. CST
I saw her in Massacre At Central Hugh. She was a real beauty. Wish she had a happy life.
Nov. 3, 2002, 10:21 a.m. CST
...for not including any pictures of the beautiful Miss Smith; it's the LEAST you could have done as a proper tribute to this lovely lady.
Nov. 3, 2002, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Lance Turk
Best porno ever.
Nov. 3, 2002, 1:18 p.m. CST
Rainbeaux Smith was to me the QUEEN of the Drive-in theater... in the closing days of that wonderful institution. Caged Heat and all those wonderful Cheerleading flicks... great fun cinema. She crossed over into all the other Drive-In genres as well: Blaxplotation's epic DRUM for one; Horror's PARASITE, MASSACRE @ CENTRAL HIGH, and THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN; the CHEECH & CHONG comedies; PHANTHOM OF THE PARADISE... Yeah, Rainbeaux Smith simply ruled the Outdoor Cinema in the late 70's and early 80's... but she DID venture into a few "A" list films from time to time too... 80's MELVIN & HOWARD, and 75's great nuevo noir FAREWELL MY LOVELY with Robert Mitchum are a couple. She didn't deserve to be chewed-up by the Tinseltown meat-grinder that consumes sooooo many dreamy eyed starlets, but then who does. Rest easy Rainbeaux... you've earned it.
Nov. 3, 2002, 1:58 p.m. CST
by Creamery Butter
Rainbeaux Smith was amazing, and Pom Pom Girls is a sublime wonder. I found an obit written by a friend of hers, from http://mhvf.net/forum/cult/posts/15168.html Cheryl Smith was born on June 6, 1955, in Los Angeles. Her mother was also an entertainer and, following the divorce of her parents when she was 7 or 8, she moved with her Mom to an apartment in Hollywood, just south of Sunset Boulevard and east of La Brea. As such, she literally grew up as a child of the Sunset Strip. She hung out at the famed music clubs of the era, playing drums with several groups and noted performers, including Joan Jett. In fact, her stage name -- Rainbeaux -- was derived from (and reportedly given to her by the staff at) the famous Rainbow Room because of her constant presence there. Through contacts made at the club, she made the jump from the Sunset scene into films, appearing in her first movie in 1971 when she was just 15. She went on to appear in more than 30 movies, most of which are listed below, attaining cult stardom for her camp portrayals in several cheerleader, horror and women-in-prison films. (She was also a talented artist and painter, later earning money while in prison by designing elaborate tattoos for fellow inmates.) Her relationship with a well-known musician (reportedly a member of Eric Burden & the Animals) led to the birth of a son, Justin, in early 1976 -- as well as a severe heroin addiction, which she battled for the remainder of her life. Her drug problems eventually ended her career, left her literally living on the streets near LA's famed MacArthur Park, prompted two prison terms and resulted in the development of hepatitis, complications of which led to her death on October 25, 2002.
Nov. 3, 2002, 2:07 p.m. CST
... that when Katryn (sp)? Cartlidge died suddenly a few weeks ago, there was nothing about it on this site. Now there was a real screen prescence. But anyway, I do love Phantom of the Paradise, but honestly can't recall the person in question. May she rest in peace.
Nov. 3, 2002, 2:11 p.m. CST
Can be found at http://www.mhvf.net/forum/cult/posts/15168.html
Nov. 3, 2002, 2:15 p.m. CST
RIP Rainbeaux. I will always remember you as that singing angel in Lemora.
Nov. 3, 2002, 3:12 p.m. CST
I live in the U.K and for some time have had the pleasure to obtain every copy of H.O.T.S 3 (aka Revenge of the Cheerleaders) I can find. Stars alongside a Young David Hasslehof (pre Knight rider). It is truly one of the funniest films I've ever seen. Haslehof plays a character called Bonner, and does the funniest dance you'll ever see. This film is available from every boot sale in the land, and plenty of cahrity shops to. As for she's great in this and H.O.T.S 2 (both 2 & 3 are nothing to do with the original H.O.T.S film, just renamed cheerleader films).
Nov. 3, 2002, 3:33 p.m. CST
Wht can't you post a pic. of these obscure people so we who are not anal retentive can know who you are peaching about!!!!
Nov. 3, 2002, 7:05 p.m. CST
How sad. I was recently hoping she was going to pop in a film or two in the near future. I remember combing the net for information on Ms. Smith, finding very little with the exception of a bit about how she retured early for health reasons (drugs and the resultant hep C). Hopefully, more information about her life will surface over the next few weeks. For me, her ultimate role was Lila Lee in Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural. Her absolutely angelic--and frankly fuckable--presence elevated the film, for the simple fact that such characteristics were exactly what the character required. Lemora is one of the best vampire films ever made, a perfect blend of sexual awakening and horror. Without Cheryl, it would have been a lesser film. Not much else to say, really. If there's a heaven, it might just have its first true angel.
Nov. 3, 2002, 8:32 p.m. CST
...what? No mention of her swirling ass? Nice tribute, anyway.
Nov. 3, 2002, 8:58 p.m. CST
.....but I felt kinda ill thinking about that "Girl on Girl" scene in POTP. (Shudder) Anyway, it's a tragedy when someone dies and may both rest in peace. (I loved "Laugh-In" as well.)
Nov. 4, 2002, 12:19 a.m. CST
I remember the first movie I saw her in.....the Incredible Melting Man. She lit up the screen and made the movie worthwhile. I haven't seen many of her other movies, but hopefully I'll be able to find some of them. She was a truly beautiful woman and was one of the first classic B-movie scream queens.
Nov. 4, 2002, 4:09 a.m. CST
Articles with some pictures. http://www.carfax-abbey.com/ActorSearchResults.cfm?ActorVar=774 http://www.offoffoff.com/film/2001/lemora.php3 http://www.thelurker.com/features/lemora.htm
Nov. 4, 2002, 4:11 a.m. CST
I was really hoping for better formatting than that. Sorry.
Nov. 9, 2002, 2:33 p.m. CST
You can find a tribute to Rainbeaux at: http://einsiders.com/features/columns/thesaddeathofcherylsmith.php
Dec. 20, 2002, 6:55 p.m. CST
I first remember seeing Cheryl in Revenge of the Cheerleaders (in which her character was noticably pregnant--I've always assumed she really was). Those who comment on her as "not a good actress" really miss the point--she was a presence--enigmatic, ethereal, almost ghostly at times. She is, as others have commented, at her best in Lemora a Child's Tale of the Supernatural (the preferred title I believe), easily the best barely-known vampire ever made, and close to the best vampire ever made period. In Lemora she perfectly projects a persona of naive innocence, really putting the kabash on the "bad actress" accusations (in how many other films was she really seriously called upon to "act" anyway?--more's the pity). I am more than a little saddened to learn of her passing, and I'm sure those who will remember her will be more than a "handful", even if Lenard Maltin has no idea who she is.