By Rebecca Silverstein
We can hardly believe that Apollonia Kotero, star of "Purple Rain," turns 55 on Aug. 2. It seems like only yesterday she was co-starring with Prince in the epic rock musical. Then again, considering the fact that the movie turned 30 in June, maybe it's not so shocking. Let's take a look at where Apollonia and more '80s leading ladies are today.
Denise "Vanity" Matthews, Prince's former girlfriend, was supposed to be the leading lady in "Purple Rain." But when Prince and Vanity split up, Apollonia scored the role of the Purple One's wannabe singer girlfriend and leader of the Apollonia 6. And although Apollonia and the Kid had a wild romance in the movie, Prince and the real life Apollonia never became an item off camera, despite rumors to the contrary.
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