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Title: Singer And Actress "Vanity" Dies: The Former Prince Protege Was 57
Post by: Nut44x4 on February 16, 2016, 01:52:21 AM


Denise Matthews, the former protege of music legend Prince known by her stage name Vanity died today of kidney failure in Fremont, California. She was 57. As Vanity, Matthews enjoyed some success as a pop singer and as an actress in the 1980s, but converted to evangelical Christianity in the 1990s following a public battle with drug addiction, and abandoned her career in entertainment.

Born in Niagara Falls, Canada and largely raised in the greater Toronto area, Vanity began her career in entertainment as a model, moving to New York City when she was 17. In 1980 she met Prince at the American Music Awards, where he quickly took her under his wing and created – some have said imposed upon on – the sexually charged Vanity persona with which she would make her name. As part of the girl group Vanity 6 she had several hits, most notably the 1982 song “Nasty Girl.” She left the group soon after and was replaced by another Prince-mentored artist, Apollonia, in the now-renamed Apollonia 6. Matthews signed with Motown Records in 1984 and went on to record two solo albums. Matthews also acted, most notably in the cult martial arts film Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, and the 1988 Carl Weathers actioner Action Jackson.   ::snipping3::

RIP Vanity