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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Dance-Pop, Urban, Club/Dance, Electronic, R&B
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Denise Katrina Matthews
Actress (24 credits) Soundtrack (4 credits)
Patricia Matthews (model)
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Zoli Model Agency
Denise Katrina Matthews (born January 4, 1959), formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, is a Canadian former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who has turned away from performing to concentrate on evangelism. Vanity's career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.
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www.facebook.com/denise.matthews.980, www.nndb.com/people/147/000046009/, www.blameitonvanity.com/index3.php, twitter.com/blamevanity
Music Genre (Text)
Soul, R&b, Funk, New Wave, Pop, Rock
Motown, A&M, Geffen, Warner Bros. (with Vanity 6)
Vanity 6, Prince, Apollonia 6, Morris Day, The Time, Nikki Sixx
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Place of Death
Cause of Death
Renal failure (after years of drug use)
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Denise Katrina Matthews (January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016), formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, was a Canadian former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who turned away from her acting and music career to concentrate on evangelism. Vanity's career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.
She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6 from 1981 until it disbanded in 1983. The group was well known for their 1982 R&B/funk hit "Nasty Girl". Vanity's music career, also included two solo albums on Motown Records; Wild Animal and Skin on Skin, as well as the hit singles, "Pretty Mess", "Mechanical Emotion", and "Under the Influence".
She also had a successful acting career, starring in films The Last Dragon, 52 Pick-Up, and Action Jackson.
Vanity was born Denise Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her mother is of Polish and Jewish descent and was born in Germany while her father was African American, Hawaiian and Native American.
Besides Prince, Vanity was linked romantically to Adam Ant and Billy Idol. In 1987, she stated that she and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx were engaged. She joked that she would become Vanity 6 (Sixx) again. They never married. In Sixx's 2007 autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, he describes his 1987 drug use with Vanity, who was addicted to crack cocaine at the time. In 1995, Vanity married football player Anthony Smith of the Oakland Raiders, but they divorced the following year. Due to the effects on her kidneys of years of drug use while a performer, she had to undergo peritoneal dialysis five times a day (each session was 20 minutes long). Matthews lived in Fremont, California until her death.
In 1994, Vanity overdosed on crack cocaine and suffered from near-fatal renal failure. She recalled that after being rushed to the hospital, doctors said she had three days to live while on life support. She said that Jesus appeared to her at this time and spoke to her, saying if she promised to give up her Vanity persona, he would save her. Upon her recovery, she completely renounced her stage name and career and became a born-again Christian. In 1995, she said, "When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine — every interview, every tape, every video. Everything." She stated that she had chosen not to receive any further revenue from her work as Vanity, and cut off all ties with Hollywood and her former life in show business. After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism. She made speaking engagements at churches across the United States and worldwide.
In 2010, Matthews released her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity.
According to sources close to her family, Matthews suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, a complex form of a kidney disease, and passed away in a Fremont, California hospital on February 15, 2016, at the age of 57.
Vanity (I) (1959–2016)
Actress | Soundtrack
Date of Birth 4 January 1959, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death 15 February 2016, Fremont, California, USA (kidney failure)
Birth Name Denise Katrina Matthews
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law.
Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. She was of African-American and German descent. Vanity first appeared on screen in the biographical tale of writer Jack London titled Klondike Fever (1980), before venturing into more gritty territory such as the slasher film Terror Train (1980), the very odd chick flick Tanya's Island (1980), a B-grade martial arts film entitled The Last Dragon (1985) and the totally weird Never Too Young to Die (1986).
However, her best two performances were as the naive stripper assisting blackmail victim Roy Scheider in the under-rated thriller 52 Pick-Up (1986) and as a seductive, smart-talking nightclub singer teaming up with cop Carl Weathers to defeat murderous car tycoon Craig T. Nelson in the violent Action Jackson (1988).
Unfortunately, the remainder of Vanity's film work was of the "straight-to-video" variety and she only scored minor roles in several low-budget thrillers such as Neon City (1991) and Da Vinci's War (1993). In late 1995, Vanity turned her back on Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and dedicated her life to the Christian faith.
Vanity, who suffered from sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis, died on February 15, 2016 in Fremont, California.
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Anthony Smith (26 March 1995 - 1996) (divorced)
She was Prince's protégé and was in the band "Vanity 6" in which she played a hooker on stage (the band was originally named "Hookers").
Daughter of a German mother, Helga Senyk, and an African-American father, James Levia Matthews.
After leaving Hollywood she dedicated most of her life to her church.
Prince originally wanted her stage/band name to be "Vagina" but she refused and they settled upon "Vanity."
Was supposed to play the female lead opposite Prince in Purple Rain (1984).
Also a singer and surrealist painter.
An ex-model, she is the sister of model Patricia Matthews.
As a singer has performed under the name D.D. Winters in Canada, Denise Matthews in Los Angeles, and Denise Sonic in Tokyo.
Was once engaged to Nikki Sixx.
Hired as Director of Public Relations for Genesis Technology Group. ("Inside Lines" column, Computerworld)
Heavily involved in Christian Ministry as an Evangelist.
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[interview, 1995] When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine--every interview, every tape, every video. Everything.
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Actress (24 credits)
Soundtrack (4 credits)
Self (11 credits)
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James Levia Matthews
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