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Birth name Denise Katrina Matthews
Nationality Canada
Birth 4 january 1959 at Niagara Falls (Canada)
Death 15 february 2016 (at 57 years)

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.

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.


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 must now undergo peritoneal dialysis five times a day (each session is 20 minutes long).

Matthews currently lives in Fremont, California.

Christian conversion
In 1994, Vanity smoked an overdose of crack cocaine and suffered 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 has stated that she has chosen not to receive any further revenue from her work as Vanity, and has 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 now speaks at churches across the United States and worldwide.

In 2010, Matthews released her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity.

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Filmography of Vanity (11 films)

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Da Vinci's War, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Michael Nouri, Joey Travolta, Vanity, James Russo, Brian Robbins, Richard Foronjy
Roles Lupe
Rating46% 2.315882.315882.315882.315882.31588
Entre anciens combattants du Viet-Nam, il y a des secrets qu'il vaut mieux tenir cachés. Mais quand leur possession devient connue, on est en danger de mort. Ainsi Franck Da Vinci voit-il assassiner ses proches... et c'est la CIA qui est derrière ces crimes. Grâce aux amis qui l'entourent, et à son passé de soldat très spécial, il réussit à mettre dans son camp quelques atouts, dont China Smith, un tueur à gages.
Neon City
Neon City (1991)
, 1h39
Directed by Monte Markham
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films set in the future, Disaster films
Actors Michael Ironside, Vanity, Juliet Landau, Richard Sanders, Monte Markham, Creed Bratton
Roles Reno
Rating53% 2.6509052.6509052.6509052.6509052.650905
In the 2050s, extensive ecological damage has resulted in largely lawless areas that are controlled by mutant raiders. Harry Stark, an ex-cop who now works as a bounty hunter in the wastelands, saves a woman from mutant outlaws. After she pulls a knife on him, he knocks her unconscious and brings her back to town for her bounty. Captain Raymond, Stark's former commanding officer, tells him that the woman, Reno, must be brought to Neon City to collect his payment. Raymond requests that Stark ride shotgun on a transport that is going to Neon City, but he refuses. When Stark's truck blows up, Raymond claims it to be an act of terrorism by mutants. Stark attacks Raymond, only to be knocked unconscious and placed on the transport with Reno.
Memories of Murder, 1h44
Directed by Robert Michael Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime, Politic
Actors Nancy Allen, Vanity, Robin Thomas, Olivia Brown, Don S. Davis, Veena Sood
Roles Carmen
Rating45% 2.2843552.2843552.2843552.2843552.284355
Jennifer (Nancy Allen) is a woman who is suffering from amnesia to the extent that she does not even recognize her husband and daughter. Extremely confused and tormented, she desperately seeks to piece together her life and, in doing so, stumbles upon some startling secrets from her shadowy past. She discovers that a female killer connected to her from her earlier life is intent on stalking her and seeking revenge by killing her and her family.
Action Jackson, 1h36
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Carl Weathers, Vanity, Craig T. Nelson, Ivor Barry, Sharon Stone, Michael McManus
Roles Sydney Ash
Rating55% 2.750612.750612.750612.750612.75061
The story prologues with two auto-worker union officials addressing the recent death of a peer. Within moments, both are brutally murdered by a group of shadowy, almost supernatural killers that seem to move, disappear and reappear at will during a daring skyscraper assault.
Deadly Illusion, 1h27
Directed by Larry Cohen, William Tannen, William Tannen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Billy Dee Williams, Vanity, Morgan Fairchild, John Beck, Joseph Cortese, Joe Spinell
Roles Rina
Rating48% 2.4197352.4197352.4197352.4197352.419735
Homicide à Wall Street : Hamberger, un détective privé New-Yorkais notoirement connu pour les nombreuses victimes laissées au terme de ses missions, a été engagé par l'homme d'affaires Alex Burton, qui désire assassiner sa femme. En tentant de prévenir l'épouse du risque qu'elle encourt, il se retrouve nez à nez avec son cadavre. Il ne disposera que de quelques heures pour prouver son innocence...
52 Pick-Up
52 Pick-Up (1986)
, 1h50
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about films, Films about sexuality, Snuff films in fiction, Films about television, Films about pornography
Actors Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, John Glover, Vanity, Kelly Preston, Clarence Williams III
Roles Doreen
Rating63% 3.1959653.1959653.1959653.1959653.195965
Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) is a successful industrialist living in the suburbs of Los Angeles whose wife Barbara (Ann-Margret) is running for city council while he is having an affair. Harry is confronted by three blackmailers demanding $105,000 for a videotape of him and his mistress, Cini (Kelly Preston).
Never Too Young to Die, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons, George Lazenby, Robert Englund, John Anderson
Roles Danja Deering
Rating48% 2.404522.404522.404522.404522.40452
Drew Stargrove, vétéran des services secrets, est tué en mission. Son jeune fils Lance entreprend de mener à bien la mission de son père et apprend le métier d'agent secret en compagnie de Danja, assistante et protégée de son père. Les deux jeunes agents ont fort à faire face à l'organisation de Velvet Von Ragner, génie du mal hermaphrodite...
The Last Dragon, 1h49
Directed by Michael Schultz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical, Martial arts
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Martial arts films, Musical films, Kung fu films, Gangster films
Actors Taimak Guarriello, Julius Carry, Christopher Murney, Leo O'Brien, Faith Prince, Vanity
Roles Laura Charles
Rating67% 3.39713.39713.39713.39713.3971
Set in New York City, the movie follows a martial artist named Leroy Green (A.K.A. "Bruce Leroy"), who has dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee. His master (Thomas Ikeda) explains that he has touched the final level of martial arts accomplishment known as "The Last Dragon". Martial artists who reach this final level are said to be able to concentrate such mystical energy into their hands that they begin to glow. Only a true martial arts master would be able to exhibit "The Glow" over his entire body. Leroy doesn't fully understand and, in possession of a medal supposedly belonging to Bruce Lee, Leroy embarks upon a journey to find Master Sum Dum Goy, whom his master claims can help Leroy unlock the power of "The Glow".
Klondike Fever, 1h59
Directed by Peter Carter
Origin Canada
Genres Adventure
Actors Jeff East, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, Lorne Greene, Barry Morse, Gordon Pinsent
Roles (uncredited)
Rating55% 2.7700652.7700652.7700652.7700652.770065
Jack London's journey from San Francisco to the Canadian Klondike gold fields in 1898.
Terror Train, 1h37
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Transport films, Rail transport films, Serial killer films, Children's films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Anthony Sherwood, Timothy Webber
Roles Merry
Rating58% 2.9001352.9001352.9001352.9001352.900135
At a college pre-med student fraternity New Year's Eve party, a reluctant Alana Maxwell is coerced into participating in a prank: she lures the shy and awkward pledge Kenny Hampson into a darkened room on the promise of a sexual liaison. However some other students have placed a woman's corpse in the bed. Kenny is traumatised by the prank and is sent to a psychiatric hospital.
Tanya's Island
Directed by Alfred Sole
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Romance
Actors Vanity
Roles Tanya (as D.D. Winters)
Rating40% 2.038222.038222.038222.038222.03822
Tanya (Vanity) is a female model who lives with her boyfriend Lobo (Richard Sargent), a surrealist painter who is extremely violent. Subjected to Lobo's constant abuse, Tanya dreams of escaping to a desert island, and her dream comes true. The only other being on her island is an enormous blue-eyed man-ape (played by Don McLeod and voiced by Donny Burns) who was born from one of Lobo's paintings. Tanya befriends the beast and nicknames him "Blue." Soon she begins to feels a strange attraction to the creature, which makes Lobo increasingly jealous in the real world. He becomes determined to capture the man-ape and put it in a cage.