I was rather shocked to learn that Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity (and as D.D. Winters in her earliest films), passed away on February 15. I have to admit I was fairly unfamiliar with her music as part of Vanity 6 in the early 1980s, when she was hooked up with Prince. I instead knew her from movie roles in films such as Action Jackson, 52 Pick-Up, The Last Dragon, and Tanya's Island, and TV roles on shows like Miami Vice and Highlander.
Ms. Matthews had turned her back on Hollywood (and drug use) and become a Christian minister in the 1990s. She was quoted as saying "When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine — interview, every tape, every video. Everything."
In my humble opinion, she was one of the loveliest women to grace the 1980s and beyond, and I was greatly saddened to learn of her death at 57 from "longstanding kidney issues." She also suffered from sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis.
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