Apollonia Kotero

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Born Patricia Kotero on August 2, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, Apollonia Kotero is a swimsuit model, actress and singer. She joined Prince's entourage after the departure of Vanity, Denise Matthews, as lead in the film Purple Rain and as lead-singer of recording group Vanity 6.

Kotero had taken part in nationwide audition to find a replacement for Vanity before being cast by Prince in the role that had originally been given to Vanity. It was at this time that Prince gave Kotero the stagename Apollonia and she also inherited Vanity's former lead role in Prince's girlgroup, with original members Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. Purple Rain eventually became a huge success and Apollonia attained overnight stardom.

The newly renamed Apollonia 6 released one album in October, 1984 and had a hit single off of it, "Sex Shooter".

Apollonia left the Prince camp in 1985 to pursue a role on television in Falcon Crest. She released a solo album in 1988, and has also starred in other films like Black Magic Woman and Back To Back.

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