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Apollonia Kotero (born Patricia Kotero on August 2, 1959, in Santa
Monica, California) is an actress, singer, former model and talent manager of Apollonia Kotero
Mexican descent.  She is perhaps best known for co-starring in Prince's
1984 film Purple Rain and for having been the lead singer in the girl group
1.1 Early career
1.2 Prince and Purple Rain
1.3 Later career
2 Personal life
4 External links
Kotero initially pursued fame and fortune via work as an actress, singer and
Apollonia Kotero at L.A. Fashion Week, Culver City,
model. After winning the Miss San Pedro beauty competition, and following
California, in March 2008
a stint as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1980s,
Kotero began acting in film and television shows such as CHiPs, Tales of Background information
the Gold Monkey, Fantasy Island, Matt Houston, and Knight Rider. In 1982, Birth name Patricia Kotero
she appeared in the music videos for "The Other Woman" by Ray Parker, Jr. Also known Apollonia
and "Shakin'" by Eddie Money. She appeared in the 1984 TV movie The as
Mystic Warrior as the Native American woman "Wicahpi." Born August 2, 1959 (age 53)
Santa Monica, California, United
Prince and Purple Rain States
When Prince's girlfriend Denise "Vanity" Matthews, then leader of the girl Genres R&B, Minneapolis sound, freestyle
group Vanity 6, resigned from its membership before Prince's 1984 film Occupations Singer, actress, model, designer,
Purple Rain was made, Kotero landed the movie's female lead role. Vanity talent manager
6, which was renamed Apollonia 6 for this movie, also featured supporting Years active 1984–Present
singers Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. Apollonia 6 embarked on a
Associated Apollonia 6, Prince
worldwide tour to promote their hit single "Sex Shooter". acts
Apollonia had originally recorded a version of the song "Manic Monday" for Website www.myspace.com/apolloniakotero
the 1984 Apollonia 6 album. Written by Prince, the song would later become
a worldwide hit single for girl group The Bangles. Prince's song "Take Me with U" featured vocals by Apollonia, and it reached
#25 on the Billboard Top 40 chart in the U.S.
Apollonia left Prince's camp in 1985 to appear on the television series Falcon Crest, playing for ten consecutive weeks
"Apollonia," the girlfriend of the character played by Lorenzo Lamas. She performed several solo songs, including "Red Light
Romeo," written by Jon Lind.
In 1988, Warner Bros. Records released Apollonia's eponymously titled first album. Containing high energy dance music,
three singles were released: "Since I Fell For You," "The Same Dream," and "Mismatch."
She went on to appear in such films as Ministry of Vengeance (1989), Back To Back (1990), Black Magic Woman (1991), and
two Italian productions: La Donna di una Sera (1991) and Cattive Ragazze (1992). She returned to television on such shows
as Sliders and Air America (which co-starred Lorenzo Lamas, her former co-star in Falcon Crest), and also hosted The Jazz
Channel's Latin Beat program. During this period an exercise video entitled Go For It was also released. Apollonia could also
be seen on E!'s Celebrity Homes and MTV Cribs, with friend Carmen Electra, "The Test" and "Rendezview."
In 2005, Apollonia formed a multimedia entertainment company, Kotero Entertainment, which formed partnerships with a
number of producers to produce a children's animated television series, as well as feature films. Kotero Entertainment also
began managing young talent such as television and film star Sascha Andres and young pop singer Nikki Barreras, also
known as Nikki B.
In 2009, Kotero recorded with Greg Dulli's The Twilight Singers on a cover of "When Doves Cry" for Spin magazine's 25th
anniversary tribute to the Purple Rain album, entitled Purplish Rain.
During the mid-1980s, Apollonia was linked to Prince, Lorenzo Lamas, and David Lee Roth. She was later married to writer
Kevin Bernhardt, from 1987 to 1997.
1. ^ Murthi, R.S. (Jan 8, 1990). "Apollonia keeps the fires going" . New Straits Times.
2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0467664/bio
Apollonia Kotero at the Internet Movie Database
via Apollonia Kotero