1959 - 2016

Vanity  Canadian Singer


Who is is she dating right now?

Vanity passed away on 15th Feb 2016 aged 57.


Vanity was previously married to Anthony Smith (1995 - 1996).

She was in relationships with Nikki Sixx (1986 - 1987), Micki Free (1983), Adam Ant (1983 - 1984), Prince (1982 - 1983), Rick James (1980) and Billy Idol.

Vanity had encounters with John Stamos (1985) and James DeBarge (1984).


Canadian Singer Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews on 4th January, 1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and passed away on 15th Feb 2016 Fremont, California aged 57. She is most remembered for Vanity 6. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Vanity was in 2 on-screen matchups, including Carl Weathers in Action Jackson (1988) and Taimak in The Last Dragon (1985).

Vanity is a member of the following lists: 2016 deaths, Black Canadian actresses and Canadian expatriate actresses in the United States.


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Relationship Statistics

Married1 1 year, 11 months - -
Dating6 1 year, 3 months 1 year, 7 months -
Encounter2 32 years, 10 months 16 years, 11 months -
Total9 32 years, 10 months 4 years 1 year, 11 months


First Name Denise
Middle Name Katrina
Last Name Matthews
Full Name at Birth Denise Katrina Matthews
Alternative Name D.D. Winters, Rina Vanity, Denise Matthews-Smith, Denise Katrina Matthews
Age 57 (age at death) years
Birthday 4th January, 1959
Birthplace Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Died 15th February, 2016
Place of Death Fremont, California
Cause of Death Sclerosing Encapsulating Peritonitis
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Weight 125lbs (57 kg)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Distinctive Feature Exotic face
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Religion Born-Again Christian
Ethnicity Multiracial
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Text Actress (24 credits) Soundtrack (4 credits)
Occupation Singer
Claim to Fame Vanity 6
Music Genre (Text) Soul, R&b, Funk, New Wave, Pop, Rock, R&b, Funk
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Year(s) Active 1980–1997, 1978–1997
Music Style Dance-Pop, Urban, Club/Dance, Electronic, R&B
Record Label Motown, A&M, Geffen, Warner Bros. (with Vanity 6)
Associated Acts Vanity 6, Prince, Apollonia 6, Morris Day, The Time, Nikki Sixx
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling) Zoli Model Agency
Brand Endorsement Amaretto (1987)
Bust (inches) 26
Waist (inches) 24
Hips (inches) 35
Shoe Size 7
Official Websites,,,,,
Father James Levia Matthews
Mother Helga Senyk
Sister Patricia Matthews (model), Renay Matthews

Denise Katrina Matthews (born January 4, 1959), formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith or D.D. Winters, is a Canadian former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who has turned away from performing to concentrate on evangelism. Vanity's career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-1990s.

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Partner Comparison

Vanity57 CapricornSinger
Anthony Smith49 CancerFootball (American)
Nikki Sixx57 SagittariusMusician
John Stamos53 LeoActor
James DeBarge53 LeoMusician
Micki Free61 TaurusMusician
Adam Ant61 ScorpioMusician
Prince57 GeminiMusician
Rick James56 AquariusSinger
Billy Idol60 SagittariusSinger


Kiss of Death1997BlairMovie
Da Vinci's War1993LupeMovie
South Beach1993Jennifer DerringerMovie
Lady Boss1992Mary Lou MorleyTV Movie
Highlander1992Rebecca LordTV Show
Neon City1991RenoMovie
Silk Stalkings1991ChantelTV Show
Sweating Bullets1991MariaTV Show
Memories of Murder1990CarmenTV Movie
Counterstrike1990SandraTV Show
Booker1989Tina MaxwellTV Show
Tales from the Crypt1989KathrineTV Show
Action Jackson1988Sydney AshMovie
T and T1988K.C. MorganTV Show
Deadly Illusion1987RinaMovie
Friday the 13th1987AngelicaTV Show
52 Pick-Up1986DoreenMovie
Never Too Young to Die1986Danja DeeringMovie
The Last Dragon1985Laura CharlesMovie
Miami Vice1984Ali FerrandTV Show
The New Mike Hammer1984HollyTV Show
Klondike Fever1980Movie
Tanya's Island1980Tanya (as D.D. Winters)Movie
Terror Train1980MerryMovie
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Posted commentsView all comments (48)

thundersnowFeb 17

Sleep on my one in only Love.

wjerryzFeb 16

Vanity, This is a total shock. I have enjoyed your acting and singing talents for all these years. A beautiful and talented Woman with so much to live for. You will be missed. RIP

prismatic19Jan 25, 2015

fantastic picture! hot chick dating billy idol!

danja derringOct 29, 2013

i still love u ms, denise matthews u asr so beautiful.

Col BagaliciousSep 18, 2013

Denise is still stunning even today. I just finished watching the last dragon...again!! lol come to the Northwest, UK Denise, where the real brothers are at! :)

blvatskyMay 22, 2013

She is so beautiful and her face has magnetism.She is 5ft6 tall not 5ft5.

delreddJan 19, 2013

denise matthews IS SO BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
in my book she's the 7th WONDER OF THE WORLD!! i love her so much!!

LITTLE KOJAKJan 14, 2013

When it comes to Denise's beauty, I concur with the Snapshot:
She does have an exotic face, one of the most exotic I've ever seen. Es verdad.

delreddFeb 9, 2012

vanity i love u ur so beautiful!!!

delreddJan 19, 2012

i love u ms. denise matthews, ur still beautiful inside/out. please ask 4 a part 2 play in 1 of tyler perry's movies see i can see u again. by the way i love ur book it reminds me of my childhood. may God bless u!! peace out!!

JBellaAug 31, 2011

I think that she doesn't care. She has a beautiful heart. A bit tortured but beautiful. I hope she got better, I know she was sick for a bit..

delreddJul 22, 2011

james, vanity has a choice of black/white that's her mixture.she's not like u black guys just stuck-stupid on white chicks.

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