Apollonia Kotero, born Patricia Kotero on August 2, 1959, is an actress, singer, former model and talent manager. Kotero, born in Santa Monica, California, is of Mexican descent. Apollonia 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 Apollonia 6.
Kotero initially pursued fame and fortune via work as an actress, singer and model. After winning the Miss San Pedro beauty competition and a stint as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, Kotero began acting in film and television shows such as CHiPs, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Fantasy Island, Matt Houston, and Knight Rider. In 1982, she appeared in the videos for "The Other Woman" by Ray Parker, Jr. and "Shakin'" by Eddie Money.
Prince and Purple Rain
When Prince's girlfriend Denise "Vanity" Matthews, then leader of the girl group Vanity 6, resigned from its membership before Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain was made, Kotero landed the movie's female lead role. Vanity 6, which was renamed Apollonia 6 for this movie, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. Apollonia 6 went on a worldwide tour to promote their hit single "Sex Shooter".
Apollonia had originally recorded a version of the song "Manic Monday" for the 1984 Apollonia 6 album. Written and composed 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 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 teenage heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas. She performed several solo songs, including "Red Light Romeo" written and composed by songwriter Jon Lind.
In 1988, Apollonia released her first solo album, entitled Apollonia, on Warner Bros. Records. Containing high energy dance music, three singles were released from the album: "Since I Fell For You", "The Same Dream", and "Mismatch". In 1997, Kotero released the bilingual ballad, "Stay with Me".
Apollonia went on to star in films such 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 shows such as Sliders and Air America (which co-starred Lorenzo Lamas, her former co-star in Falcon Crest, in 1986), 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 multi-media 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 commenced to manage young talent such as television and film star Sascha Andres and young pop singer Nikki Barreras, also known as Nikki B.
On December 1, 2007, Kotero appeared at a Project Angel Food charity event in Beverly Hills, CA.
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.
Apollonia was married to writer Kevin Bernhardt for ten years, from 1987 to 1997. During the 1980s, before she and Bernhardt married, Apollonia was linked to Prince, Lorenzo Lamas, and David Lee Roth.
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