Singer + Songwriter + Model + Actress
Born Jan 4, 1959

Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith and D.D. Winters, is a Canadian-born former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model. Vanity's career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-90s. She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6, which recorded the 1982 R&B hit "Nasty Girl".… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on January 4, 1959.


1977 18 Years Old Vanity began entering local beauty pageants before moving to Toronto, where she modeled. She won the Miss Niagara Hospitality title in 1977, and went on to compete for Miss Canada in 1978. … Read More


1980 21 Years Old In 1980, Matthews had a small role in the horror movie Terror Train, which was filmed in Montreal a year earlier. … Read More
1982 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Additionally, she was the cover model for the funk/R&B band Cameo's 1982 album Alligator Woman, as well as their 1984 album She's Strange.
1983 24 Years Old She did not appear in the film Purple Rain in 1983. … Read More
1984 25 Years Old Vanity signed a record deal with Motown Records in 1984 and recorded two solo albums, Wild Animal and Skin On Skin. … Read More
1986 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Her biggest hit was "Under the Influence" from her 1986 album Skin On Skin. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old 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 (although Sixx denied this claim). … Read More
1988 29 Years Old She went on to appear in 52 Pick-Up and 1988's Action Jackson, her highest profile role, in which she starred opposite Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, and Sharon Stone. … Read More


1990 31 Years Old She played a villain who tortured Nancy Allen's character in the 1990 TV movie Memories of Murder, guest-starred in an episode of Miami Vices third season, and in 1992 appeared in an episode of Highlander: The Series She also appeared in Friday the 13th: The Series in the episode entitled "Mesmer's Bauble". … Read More
1994 35 Years Old Vanity gave up her stage name and became a born-again Christian in 1994, the year she almost died from the effects of smoking crack cocaine. … Read More
1995 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Vanity married football player Anthony Smith, of the Oakland Raiders. They divorced in 1996. … Read More
1997 38 Years Old After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism. … Read More


2010 51 Years Old In 2010, Matthews released her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity. … Read More
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