Patricia Apollonia Kotero was born on August 2, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, to Mexican parents, Maria Socorro Torres, a caregiver, and Victor Manuel Kotero, a restaurant manager. She initially pursued fame and fortune via work as an actress, singer and model. After winning the Miss San Pedro beauty competition and a stint cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1980s, Kotero began acting in roles both in films and television series such as CHiPs (1977), Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982), Fantasy Island (1977), Matt Houston (1982) and Knight Rider (1982).
Apollonia landed the role of a lifetime while auditioning for Prince for his first ever feature film. Winning the starring role opposite Prince in the blockbuster musical Purple Rain (1984), which received an Academy Award. Apollonia 6, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. Apollonia 6 went on a worldwide tour to promote the blockbuster single “Sex Shooter”. Apollonia had originally recorded a version of the song “Manic Monday” for the album “Apollonia 6” (1984). Written by Prince, the song would later become a worldwide hit single for the girl group, The Bangles. “Take Me with U” is Apollonia’s highest charting single, reaching #25 on the Top 40 chart in the United States. Kotero left Prince’s camp in 1985 to appear on the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest (1981). She was allowed to appear under her own stage name, “Apollonia”, and also performed several solo songs, none of which would be released (one of the songs, which was often played and referred to on the series was a title called “Red Light Romeo”, which was written by U.S. songwriter Jon Lind who had penned the U.S. #1 hit, “Crazy for You”, for Madonna). Kotero stayed on the series for 10 consecutive weeks, playing the girlfriend of teenage heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas. In 1988, Warner Bros. Records released her first solo album, simply titled “Apollonia”. Containing high energy dance music, three singles were released from the album: “Since I Fell For You”, “The Same Dream” and “Mismatch”.
Kotero then released the 1997 bilingual ballad “Stay with Me”. Apollonia went on to appear in such films as Ministry of Vengeance (1989), Back to Back (1989), Black Magic Woman (1991) and a couple of Italian productions, A Woman’s Secret (1992), Cattive ragazze (1992). She returned to television on such series as Sliders (1995) and Air America (1998), and also hosted 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 Channel’s “Celebrity Homes” and MTV’s “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 animated television series, as well as featured 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. More recently, Kanye West’s 2007 song “Stronger”, used her name in the lyrics, and on December 1, 2007, she appeared at a Project Angel Food charity event in Beverly Hills, California.
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