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Vanity

Vanity

Highest Rated: 61% The Last Dragon (1985)

Lowest Rated: 19% Action Jackson (1988)

Birthday: Jan 4, 1959

Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Denise Katrina Matthews was born Jan. 4, 1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. As a teenager, Matthews found success in the beauty pageant circuit, participating in competitions between Ontario and Toronto. Around the same time, Matthews began appearing in a number of Canadian feature films, including "Klondike Fever" (1980), "Terror Train" (1980), and "Tanya's Island" (1980), before moving to New York City to pursue a career in modeling. Her immersion in the showbiz scene really took form following a chance meeting with Prince at the 15th Annual American Music Awards. The pop icon took interest in Matthews' aesthetic and talent, rebranding her "Vanity" and giving her the opportunity to lead the vocal trio Vanity 6, formed the following year. The group released the fairly successful album Vanity 6 (1982) before Matthews set off on a solo career, making her debut with Wild Animal (1984). Shortly afterward, she returned to the acting world, appearing in films like "The Last Dragon" (1985), "52 Pick-Up" (1986), "Deadly Illusion" (1987), and "Action Jackson" (1988). All the while, Matthews pursued high profile relationships with pop icons like Billy Idol, Adam Ant, and Nikki Sixx. Although her acting and modeling careers continued through the early '90s, the decade saw hardships for Matthews. After a nearly fatal overdose on crack cocaine in 1994 and kidney failure in 1997, Matthews reevaluated her lifestyle, focusing her energies on Christianity. On Feb. 15, 2016, Matthews died of renal failure at age 57.

Highest rated movies

61% The Last Dragon
53% 52 Pick-Up
44% Terror Train
19% Action Jackson

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet DaVinci's War Lupe (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 0% South Beach Jennifer Derringer (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 41% Neon City Reno (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Memories of Murder Carmen (Character) - 1990
19% 35% Action Jackson Sydney Ash (Character) $19.6M 1988
No Score Yet 14% Deadly Illusion Rina (Character) - 1987
53% 47% 52 Pick-Up Doreen (Character) $4.3M 1986
No Score Yet 51% Never Too Young to Die Danja Deering (Character) - 1986
61% 86% The Last Dragon Laura Charles (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 25% Tanya's Island Tanya (Character) - 1981
44% 38% Terror Train Merry (Character) - 1980

TV

Credit
82% 92% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet 70% Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
71% 85% Miami Vice Ali Ferrand (Guest Star) 1987