Thursday, February 18, 2016

Denise Matthews, a/k/a Vanity. 1959-2016, R.I.P.


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.

Thanks for your time.

14 comments:

  1. Good Heavens, she was beautiful. I remember her with Prince. I don't know about the movie roles.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. She was too young. I remember her vaguely from Prince days but I have a feeling her body never got better due to her wild ways when she was young

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    1. It's scary when the celebrities who are dying are younger than I am.

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  3. I've seen Action Jackson but I think that was it with her. Few ever turn their back on stupid Hollywood.

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    1. Her doing so seems to have bought her a few extra years, thankfully.

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  4. From Prince to being a minister, now that is quite a huge change, methinks. It seems she found her peace before death took her :(

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  5. Yes, I agree, that is quite a transformation.

    Nice to see you here.

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  6. I was not a big fan of her music (that I can remember) but I can sure greatly appreciate her physical/outward beauty.

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  7. I find her really beautiful !
    I was shocking when I heard she die and still so young !
    xo

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  8. Last Dragon...I remember in that. Was she in a short time relationship with Prince?

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