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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".
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, Matthews released her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity.
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  • 1997
    Age 38
    After a kidney transplant in 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism.
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  • 1995
    Age 36
    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.
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    In 1995, Vanity married football player Anthony Smith, of the Oakland Raiders. They divorced in 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 31
    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".
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  • 1988
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 28
    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).
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  • 1986
    Age 27
    In 1986 she starred in Never Too Young to Die opposite John Stamos.
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    Her biggest hit was "Under the Influence" from her 1986 album Skin On Skin.
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  • 1984
    Age 25
    Vanity signed a record deal with Motown Records in 1984 and recorded two solo albums, Wild Animal and Skin On Skin.
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  • 1983
    Age 24
    She did not appear in the film Purple Rain in 1983.
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  • 1982
    Age 23
    In 1982, she met Prince at the American Music Awards.
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    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.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    In 1980, Matthews had a small role in the horror movie Terror Train, which was filmed in Montreal a year earlier.
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  • 1977
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 0
    Born on January 4, 1959.
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