1/4/1959, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Denise Katrina Matthews



Also Known As

D.D. Winters, D.D. Winters, Denise Matthews-Smith
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born January 4 1959 as Denise Katrina Matthews also known as Denise Smith. Denise had a troubled childhood: her mother left the family when she wasjust a little girl, and Denise says she was raised by an abusive father who would beat her. When Denise met Prince in…more


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  • Trivia

    • Vanity starred in the 1992 detective film, South Beach, as Jennifer Derringer, where she hires two ex-football players turned private eyes, played by Fred Williamson and Gary Busey.

    • In 1995, Denise married pro football player Anthony Smith after a month-long courtship. Denise said in a Jet magazine interview that as soon as she met Anthony, God told her that Anthony was destined to be her husband, but the marriage didn't last and ended in divorce.

    • Even after she stopped being Vanity, Denise gave interviews to the media about herself, and in many of the interviews she said she was disgusted by her past in the entertainment business.

    • Vanity was scheduled to play the leading lady role in Prince's movie Purple Rain, but she left the project. Some reports say she quit, others say she was fired. Not long afterwards, Prince and Vanity split up permanently, and Vanity was replaced in the film by Apollonia, who was also romantically involved with Prince.

    • Concerning Vanity and the group Vanity 6, Prince toyed with idea of naming the group Hookers. It was also rumored that Prince originally wanted Denise's stage name to be Vagina and the group to be called Vagina Sex. Realizing those names would be too controversial, Denise was given the name Vanity and her group was called Vanity 6.

    • She had a troubled childhood - her mother left the family when she was a child, and she was raised by an abusive father who would often beat her.

    • Vanity starred in director John Frankenheimer's 1986 dark action thriller, 52 Pick-Up as the hooker, Doreen, with Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret.

    • Vanity authored an autobiography entitled, Blame It on Vanity under her name Denise K. Matthews, which still has yet to be published.

    • She met Prince in 1982, and he re-named her Vanity (saying he saw his female reflection when he looked at her) and she became the lead singer of his singing group, Vanity 6, that same year.

    • Vanity starred as Blair in the obscure 1995 thriller, Kiss of Death (not to be confused with the film of the same name and year starring Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson).

    • Vanity starred in the 1992 made-for-tv movie, Jackie Collins' Lady Boss as Mary Lou Morley.

    • Vanity posed for Playboy in 1988 and appeared both on the cover and inside the April issue.

    • Vanity starred as the VJ, Laura Charles alongside martial artist turned actor, Taimak in the 1985 Berry Gordy produced martial arts parody film, The Last Dragon. The film has become somewhat of a cult classic and Vanity performs the original song, "7th Heaven" within the movie.

    • Vanity signed a record deal with Motown Records in 1984 and released two albums, Wild Animal and Skin On Skin.

    • Vanity had an important part in the episode, Mesmer's Bauble of Friday the 13th: The Series as the pop diva, Angelica, with whom a homely record store clerk was obsessed with so much to the extent that he uses a cursed object to become her.

    • Vanity starred in the 1980 B-movies, Tanya's Island and Terror Train credited under the name D.D. Winters.

    • Vanity played Reno in the 1992 "Mad Max" inspired post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, Neon City.

    • Vanity starred with John Stamos and Gene Simmons in the 1986 action drama, Never Too Young To Die.

    • Vanity co-starred alongside Carl Weathers and Craig T. Nelson as Sydney Ash in the 1988 action comedy film, Action Jackson.

    • Vanity co-starred alongside Carl Weathers and Craig T. Nelson as Sydney Ash in the 1988 action comedy film, Action Jackson.

    • Vanity was engaged but never married, to Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx, in the 1980's. She often joked during interviews that her new stage name will then be Vanity Sixty Six.

    • Vanity gave up her stage name on August 16, 1997 and became a born-again Christian and evangelist.

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