Born in Perth, Western Australia, on 12 October 1954, attractive blonde Cheryl Rixon was twice a finalist in the annual Miss West Coast bikini beauty pageant, staged in Perth each January. She later appeared as a game show assistant on local TV.
After appearing in the low-budget sex-comedy film Plugg (1975), Cheryl moved to Melbourne and acted in several television roles for Crawford Productions, including Homicide and The Box (where she played television starlet Angela O’Malley).
Cheryl subsequently found fame in the US as Penthouse magazine’s December 1977 ‘Pet Of The Month’ and, eventually, as ‘Pet Of The Year’ in October 1979.
In July 1980, she kicked off New York Mayor Ed Koch’s “Festival of Fragrances” and was again showcased with a ten-page spread in Penthouse.
During this time, she also appeared in films such as The Eyes of Laura Mars and Used Cars.
Cheryl did not receive the Penthouse prizes that had been promised to her and took the magazine’s publisher to the New York State Supreme Court in 1985, which ruled in her favour.
She also pursued a career in rock & roll, fronting her own band for many years.
She eventually began designing rock ‘n’ roll inspired jewellery which she marketed under the name Royal Order with a boutique in Beverly Hills.