Cheryl Rixon Gets “Plugged!” This Australian Actress Was Penthouse Pet Of The Year And Popped Out In “Used Cars” Too!


Celebrating The Empowered Career Of Cheryl Rixon!

One of the most fascinating aspects of the entertainment industry is how many of our Cult Movie Queens got their start in the pages of men’s magazines – and then some appear strategically in those magazines AFTER they’re already working in film and TV…that’s the story of Cheryl Rixon!


My “2021 Sex Kitten Countdown” has the story of a Model-turned-Actress who ultimately built a successful career as a Jewelry Designer!

Cheryl Rixon was born on October 12, 1954 in Perth, Western Australia. She grew up “down under” and Cheryl was twice a finalist in the Annual Miss West Coast bikini beauty pageant in the early 70s.

Cheryl also became a Host on a local Australian game show. 


She got into the movie business in Australia, and as you can see by the poster, they were excited to see her in the 1975 comedy “Plugg.”

After coming to America, Rixon was the Penthouse “Pet of the Month” in December 1977. In 1979, Cheryl was named “Pet of the Year” in a televised pageant held at the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas;


Cheryl did follow-up nude pictorials in the November, 1979 and January, 1980 issues of the magazine as well. 




She appeared in the 1979 film “Swap Meet”, but it was her very memorable role in the hilariously profane 1980 comedy “Used Cars” that brought her to my attention!

As you can see, she was used on this version of the poster because of her hilarious moment in the film!

Gerritt Graham is a “Used Car” Salesman who cuts into a football game illegally to do a “live” commercial….and yes, at one point his “disguise” is a penis nose..

As Cheryl is attempting to show off the car, her dress gets caught on the hood ornament – and yes, they are live, and you can guess what happens when the hood pops open!

If you haven’t seen this film, you are missing a wildly entertaining comedy starring Kurt Russell!


Cheryl’s Penthouse Fallout!

Cheryl continued to model, but never again for Penthouse. In fact, in 1985, she sued the magazine in the New York State Supreme Court for failing to give her various prizes promised to her; this was later affirmed on appeal.

Cheryl went on to become a rock singer and was featured in the documentary “Girls Of Rock & Roll”, which showcased the most dynamic new female talents of the time, from their public music to their private lives.



In 1996, Cheryl Rixon appeared in the film “Dark Secrets” and also launched her own line of designer jewelry called “Royal Order”.

She has appeared as herself in a number of documentaries, most notably “Not Quite Hollywood”, the rollicking look at Australian Exploitation Cinema, known affectionately as “Ozsploitation!”

As recently as 2020, Cheryl was interviewed in the documentary “The Guns Story”, about three years in the life of iconic rock guitarist Tracii Guns (founder of L.A. Guns & Guns N’ Roses).

Bravo to Cheryl on a great career across various entertainment genres! Her success reminds me of another Penthouse Pet who made good:

Joanne Latham was the 10th Anniversary Penthouse Pet – and what a pictorial it was!

See it here:

And what about Lori Wagner? This Penthouse Pet was part of the notorious lesbian scene in “Caligula!”

She came back from it, but it took awhile!

See her whole story here:

I also profiled another Penthouse Pet who also ended up in court with the magazine:


Teri Weigel posed for the magazine, and had a run-in with them, but she did so much more as well – you can see her story by clicking here:

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6 replies

  1. I love Used Cars, what a great film! And I remember that scene well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I remember Cheryl. I haven’t thought about or seen her in a long time. One of Penthouse’s best and most desirable pets.



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