Cynthia Rothrock Biography
Cynthia Rothrock earned a popular spot in the Black Belt Home of Fame and another one in Kung-Fu Insider Hall of Fame. She got this recognition after bagging five black belts from different disciplines. Her skills were developed in the disciplines of Northern Shaolin (classical Chinese), Eagle Claw (Chinese) Tang Soo Doo (Korean) and several others.
Cynthia has already traveled the world while showcasing her martial arts skills. By this, she gained the undisputed reputation of being a consummate professional in the World of Martial Arts.
Cynthia Rothrocks very impressive skills in martial arts were noticed by Hong Kong-based Golden Harvest productions who cast her opposite Kung-fu queen Michelle Yeo in the 1985 film Yes Madam. Although she appeared in a noted Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial in the 80s, it was Yes Madam that made her star glittered as it beat all box office records in Hong Kong. Cynthia was the very first woman who posed for the covers of Inside Kung Fu Magazine and Black Belt Magazine.
Cynthia Rothrock stayed in Hong Kong for 5 years and worked on films with Kung-fu greats Samo Hung and Yuen Biao. She is the first non-Chinese Westener to achieve a Hong Kong career as a martial artist in movies. After 5 years, she left Hong Kong as a celebrated star.
Golden Harvest Production brought her then to the United State and cast her China OBrien and China OBrien 2. Cynthia Rothrock was able to release an average of three films per year which include the hits Defend Yourself, Police Assassins, No Retreat No Surrender, Magic Crystal, Shanghai Express, Above the Law, Inspector Wear Skirts, Guy Norris, Irresistible Force, Rage and Honor II and Blond Fury. She had the chance to work with some of the world's top action stars like Robert Clouse, Cory Yuen, Samo Hung, Guy Norris and Kevin Hooks.
Cynthia Rothrock also appeared in the Arnold Schwarzeneggers Fitness Expo98 in Columbio Ohio. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the martial arts film industry. Her image is still remembered until now.