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Evangelist DENISE MATTHEWS

 

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VanityAKA Denise Katrina Matthews

Born: 4-Jan-1959
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Died: 15-Feb-2016
Location of death: Fremont, CA
Cause of death: Kidney failure

Gender: Female
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Lingerie-clad Prince protégé

"We're living in the last days. Sodom and Gomorrah is the entire world."

So sayeth the first of several scantily-clad sex kittens cultivated byPrince in the 1980s, and no doubt she is speaking from personal experience. Denise Katrina Matthews was given a difficult start to her life, having been abandoned very early in her childhood by her mother and forced to endure an abusive father. As a young adult she began to establish a career for herself as a model and actress, assuming the stage name "D.D. Winters" and taking roles in b-movie fare such as Terror Trainand Tanya's Island (both 1980). Eventually, she came to the attention of a certain high-heeled, purple svengali, at the time well on his way to becoming an international phenomenon; the two became romantically entangled, and, in the spirit of selfless generosity, her new boyfriend decided to re-name her "Vaginia" and create a girl group around her which he planned to call The Hookers. Even in her confused youth Matthews recognized that a little restraint was in order, and the two compromised with the name "Vanity" and the group name Vanity 6.

The eponymous debut from Vanity 6 (a trio also featuring the undergarments of Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie) arrived in 1982, festooned with suspender belts, lacy fringe and saucy language. By this time, Prince was beginning to perfect his sexually explicit blend of funk, pop, new wave, and although the first single He's So Dull failed to make much of an impression, the second attempt Nasty Girl became a major crossover success. Lesser hits Bite The Beat and Drive Me Wild followed. In 1984 Prince and Vanity ended their relationship, with the latter dropping out of the group and her planned role as Prince's lover in his debut film Purple Rain; she was quickly replaced in both (actually, all three) ventures by Patricia Kotero, who had her own brief fling with fame under the name Apollonia. Matthews managed to arrange a deal with Motown and, still working under the Vanity moniker (and the racy image that went with it), released two moderately successful albums: 1984's Wild Animal and 1986's Skin on Skin. During this time she also resumed her acting career, landing significant roles in Hollywood action flicks such as The Last Dragon(1985), Never Too Young To Die (1986) and 52 Pick-Up (1986).

After Skin on Skin Matthews' musical output evaporated completely, but for the next decade she continued her work in film and television -- usually keeping well inside the bounds of the action/thriller genre with which she had now become associated. Appearances in Deadly Illusion (1987), Action Jackson (1988),South Beach (1992), Neon City (1992) and Da Vinci's War (1993) maintained her presence on the big screen, supplemented by roles in the television movies Memories of Murder (1990) and Lady Boss (1992) and series such as Miami ViceMike HammerTales from the CryptSilk Stockings and Highlander. Over the years Matthew's extensive drug abuse had taken a serious toll on her health (causing damage to her liver, eyesight and hearing, and eventually resulting in a heart attack), and following her involvement in the low-budget thriller Kiss of Death in 1995 she announced that she had been born again and was formally renouncing the hedonistic lifestyle of her past. All ties with the entertainment industry were abandoned, and the former "Vanity" subsequently established her own evangelical ministry.

Father: (Black)
Mother: (German)
Sister: Patricia Matthews (model)
Husband: Anthony Smith (m. 26-Mar-1995, div. 1996)
Boyfriend: Adam Ant
Boyfriend: Prince
Boyfriend: Nikki Sixx

    Vanity 6 Vocalist (1981-83)
    Vanity 
    The PMRC Filthy Fifteen #4 Strap On Robby Baby
    Posed Naked for Playboy 1984
    Stroke 
    Heart Attack 
    Born-Again Christian 1995
    German Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Kidney TransplantCocaineDepression

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    DaVinci's War (1993) 
    South Beach (1993) · Jennifer Derringer
    Neon City (1992) 
    Action Jackson (12-Feb-1988) · Sydney Ash
    Deadly Illusion (16-Oct-1987) 
    52 Pick-Up (7-Nov-1986) 
    Never Too Young to Die (17-Jul-1986) 
    The Last Dragon (22-Mar-1985) · Laura
    Terror Train (3-Oct-1980) 

Official Website:
http://www.denisematthews.com/

Author of books:
Blame It On Vanity (1999, memoir)

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on April 22, 2016 at 9:21pm

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Denise Matthews AKA Vanity has passed away at 57-years-old. Lead singer of Vanity 6 & Prince's protege in the 1980s


Proverbs 31, thats the greatest chapter... any woman would agree! ...i never ever said that "i wanted to separate myself from the name that made me famous...that is someone putting words in my mouth, it would be impossible to do that because that name will be a major part of my testimony forever, and i hear it and may even tell it at any given day...I am a witness of what He has done for me, How He delivered me...and gave me back denise -even till i die and then possibly ...maybe.... in Heaven someone might say, Hey... didn't Jesus save you from being Vanity and change your whole life and your name back to Denise? And i will SMILE BIG and say INDEED HE DID!! I believe the interviewer possibly asked me why did you drop the name Vanity ..it was famous and i always say the same thing, as i have said for the past 24 years "Vanity means WORTHLESSNESS" so when Jesus called me Denise, i knew it was done, i knew it was over. Denise is my birth name. I believe they just misquoted me and worded it their way. People say what they will. It is impossible to separate that name from my life. I want everyone to remember what Jesus has done for me. I wrote a whole biography on the subject. "Blame it on Vanity" My Lord ordained this testimony. Just this morning a young teen at the ATT rep man at the store spoke up and said "I know who u are...I mean I know who u were...i said Vanity, he said yup. I know u..I replied "You are way too young to know me. I ministered to him and then invited myself to his home to minister to his family. It's just like me lolol I gotta say though, i am loving the Proverbs 31attached I only hope one day to be somewhat like it says woman should resemble. {Jesus } Thanks for finding the shot my good FRIEND + BRO - Joseph Di Fonzo! keep bringing them!

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