Cruising “Van Nuys Blvd.” With Cynthia Wood! Her “Apocalypse Now” Dance As Well!

Sometimes, you see a film and come across someone who pops onscreen, but when you look them up, you find very little about them….well, this “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown” pays tribute to one of those Cult Movie Queens!

Celebrating Cynthia Wood!

Cynthia Wood was born in Burbank California is 1950. She grew up in an entertainment household, as her father Harold was a recording executive and her mother Erma was an actress.

Cynthia went to college as a music major but switched to theater, and then it was off to Hollywood.

Like many aspiring Actresses in the early 70’s, her natural beauty landed her in Playboy magazine.

Wood was the Playmate of the Month in the February 1973, and was named Playmate of the Year in 1974.

That led to a few movies, roles, beginning with her film debut as a beauty shop customer in the Warren Beatty film “Shampoo.”

Cynthia got her biggest role as sassy spitfire Moon in the cult drive-in movie “Van Nuys Blvd.”

Check out this trailer:

A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers.

According to IMDB, Director William Sachs agreed to write and direct the film based on a list of requirements from Crown International Pictures, including a certain required amount of nudity!

Movie fans will also remember Cynthia for her small but very memorable moment in the brilliant 1979 anti-war film from Francis Ford Coppola, “Apocalypse Now:”

One of the most bizarre moments in the film is when Playboy Playmates are flown in to a remote military base in Vietnam to entertain the troops, and Cynthia was memorable as one of the dancing Playmates – note that this part was greatly expanded in the 2001 “Redux” version of the movie.

Moreover, Wood appeared on various TV shows at that time as well…and ten years after being named Playmate Of The Year, she made a return to the pages of Playboy:

Cynthia Wood left acting and becomes a casting Agent, so remained in the business for years afterwards.

Bravo to Cyndi for her work both in front of and behind the camera…she didn’t have a lot of credits, but she made a memorable impression regardless…

She’s one of the Actresses I have focused on here who got our attention while never becoming a major star, like Susanne Benton:

Susanne Benton appeared in a few classic films in the 70’s, and you can see them all by clicking on my story here:

Around the time of the “Apocalypse” dance, another actress was making a splash in a small role in “Used Cars”:

Cheryl Rixon has a “wardrobe malfunction” on live TV – just one of the hilarious moments in this cult film…see how it happened by clicking here:

Here’s another one: Rae Sperling only appeared in two films, but what appearances they were!

Click here to see the two cult gems she appeared in, and why did she disappear?

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Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve seen either of Cynthia’s films!

Categories: 70's Films, Artsploitation, Books / Media, Camp Cult Classics, Cult Classics, Exploitation Films, Grindhouse, JRsploitation, Nudity, sex kittens, Talent / Celebrites

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4 replies

  1. I remember the dancing Playboy girls from Apocalypse Now of course, but I would never have known her name, as I hadn’t seen the other films featured.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. One of the iconic moments along with many others. “Charlie don’t surf”. Who was the BUNNY IN THE CHOPPER??Chopper on the beach and raining. Bunny was stoned and giving or selling sex?? In the directors cut.

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