Name: Apollonia “Patricia Kotero”
Dimensions: 34 – 24 – 26
Occupation: Singer, Actress, Model, Designer, Talent Manager
Hometown: Santa Monica, California
Bio: Apollonia was born Patricia Kotero in Santa Monica, California, to immigrants from Mexico, the eldest of six children. Her father, Victor, was a restaurant manager, and her mother, Socorro, was a caregiver for the elderly. Always an outgoing child, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to become a model and and pursue the world of entertainment.
Patricia Kotero worked as an actress, singer and model. After winning the Miss San Pedro beauty competition, and following a stint as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams in the early 1980s, Patricia 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 music videos for “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker, Jr. and “Shakin'” by Eddie Money. She appeared in the 1984 TV movie The Mystic Warrior as the Native American woman “Wicahpi”.
When Denise “Vanity” Matthews, then leader of the girl group Vanity 6, resigned from its membership before Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain was made, Patricia landed the film’s female lead role. Vanity 6, which was renamed Apollonia 6 for the film, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett and Prince’s then-girlfriend Susan Moonsie. Apollonia 6 embarked on a worldwide tour to promote their hit single, “Sex Shooter” and Patricia Kotero became Apollonia .
She had originally recorded a version of the song “Manic Monday” for the 1984 album Apollonia 6. 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 Billboard Top 40 chart in the U.S.
Apollonia left Prince’s camp in 1985 to appear on the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, playing “Apollonia”, the girlfriend of the character played by Lorenzo Lamas, for ten consecutive weeks. She performed several solo songs, including “Red Light Romeo”, written and composed by Jon Lind.