Apollonia

Apollonia (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 being the lead singer in girl group Apollonia 6.

Career

Early career

Kotero initially pursued fame and fortune via work as an actress, singer and a 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 roles both in television shows and films 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 Vanity, leader of the girl group Vanity 6, left before Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain was made, Kotero landed the movie’s female lead role. Apollonia 6, a singing group formed for this movie, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. Apollonia 6 went on a world wide 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 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 “Apollonia”, the girlfriend of teenage heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas, for ten consecutive weeks. She performed several solo songs, including “Red Light Romeo” (written by songwriter Jon Lind, who had penned Madonna’s U.S. #1 hit, “Crazy for You “).

Later career

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 (starring Lorenzo Lamas, her former co-star in Falcon Crest, in 1986), and also hosting The Jazz Channel’s Latin Beat program. During this period an exercise video entitled Go For It was also released. Apollonia can 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 is partnering with a number of producers to produce a children’s animated television series, as well as feature films. Kotero Entertainment also manages young talent such as television and film star Sascha Andres and young pop singer Nikki Barreras, also known as Nikki B.

December 1, 2007, she appeared at a Project Angel Food charity event in Beverly Hills, CA.

She 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 in 2009.

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