She put out one album with “Vanity 6”, 2 solo albums and a few soundtrack singles including “7th Heaven” on The Last Dragon Soundtrack (1985).
Her biggest hits after “Nasty Girl” where: “Pretty Mess” from her 1984 album “Wild Animal”, “Under the Influence” (Skin on Skin 1986), and “Faraway Eyes” & “Undress” from the Action Jackson Soundtrack (1988).
The Last Dragon does have a small amount of questionable language but overall it’s a very uplifting and spiritual film that has had a positive effect on many people.
On top of that she plays Laura Charles with a playful charm & elegance in contrast to her sexualized rockstar off-screen persona at the time. Winters, was in 1980 with small roles in Klondike Fever and Terror Train.
Tony Douglas sums it up nicely in his You Tube review of The Last Dragon: Roger Ebert, one of the most well known movie critics of all-time, while reviewing The Last Dragon called her a remarkably attractive and likable actress and had great things to say about her performance: “…let it be said that she has the sort of rapport with the camera that makes us like her instantly; she has a sunny smile, and what can only be described as a sort of inner happiness, and in the middle of this plot about gangsters and night clubs and bloody fights, she floats serenely, a joy to behold…” ~ Roger Ebert, Roger Denise Katrina Matthews is Canadian, born January 4, 1959 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her father was Black and her mother is German of Polish and Jewish decent. Patricia was a model, she used to date Eddie Murphy and had a small role in Coming to America has the devil worshipper that Eddie and Arsenio Hall met in the club when Prince Akeem was looking for his potential Queen. In the same year she starred in the B-movie Tanya’s Island.
Update Feb 15th, 2016: Sadly I received confirmation from a trusted source close to Denise Katrina Matthews that the Evangelist, formerly known as Vanity, passed away Monday, February 15th, 2016 at the age of 57.
Please enjoy the page below dedicated to her life (written before her passing). Please keep her friends, fans, and family in your thoughts and prayers…You know her as Vanity but she’s an Evangelist now and isn’t fond of that name nor the wild lifestyle she once lived.
She goes by her real name, Denise Matthews, but in 1985 she was every boy’s crush as the lovely Laura Charles in The Last Dragon.
With her beauty and flirtatious style she is one of the big reasons a lot of guys and girls love The Last Dragon. Matthews looks back on her 80’s and early 90’s life in a negative way I’ve been told she has very fond memories of The Last Dragon.
In the late 70’s before moving to Toronto and then New York to model, Matthews competed in beauty pageants in the Niagara Falls, Ontario area. At the 1982 American Music Awards she met Prince; who renamed her Vanity because he said he saw his female reflection in her.
Initially he wanted to her to go by Vagina but Denise was not down with that.