old were you when you appeared in the “Kiss
and Tell” video?
I was in my twenties during that video but I
don’t recall what year we filmed it. [I was born
in] 1960, if you find out when it was filmed and
do the math.
Where were you living at the time?
What music videos, shows, or movies had you
appeared in prior to that?
I honestly can’t really say what came before or
after. In those days I was working and traveling
so much and in different times zones—the time
frames are really a blur.
I did a video for Duran Duran’s [side project
Flame”; Elton John and Cliff Richards’s “Slow
Rivers”; Zucchero and Paul Young’s “Sensa Una
Donna”; Flash and the Pan (title unknown); Right
Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”—they [used] footage
from [a] Vivienne Westwood show in their video
and didn’t pay anyone [the film was considered
public domain]; Praise (a band including George
Michael’s cousin); and a group called Conspiracy
The glimpse of
Denice (right) in “I’m Too Sexy”
enough, about a year after I did the video
for Conspiracy, I was at a pub with my
acting coach and one of the boys from
Conspiracy was also there. He came up to me
to inquire if I was me. We chatted for a bit
and then out of the blue, I decided to ask
them to write a song for me. Andros [Andreas
Georgiou], George Michael’s cousin, had
suggested that I try sing myself because we
were lip syncing in the Praise video and
apparently I did it perfectly on the first
So I went to Nick Gatfield at EMI and asked for
a budget to record a demo which he agreed to;
Sasha and Michael wrote the song and off we went
to Depot Studios and recorded it. Apparently EMI
really liked it so they gave us another budget
to do a second one which was really good as
Around that time I was having my 30th birthday
party and everyone came. It was really crazy.
George Michael was the DJ and all kinds of
friends (over 300) showed up at my house.
Richard Branson and John Kerry [MTN: yes, the
future presidential candidate] crashed and
George kept playing my records over and over to
Branson asked me if I wanted a recording deal
with Virgin and I told him I was already with
EMI. Can you imagine? We had a full-color page
in Tatler Magazine’s Society Page and The
London Times called it “Party of the
Year”! All of the television
shows and feature films I did came after
that when I moved to Los Angeles.
How were you
cast in “Kiss and
The same way most of them are. A simple audition
then perhaps a callback and then maybe you book
Do you remember
what your reaction was when you were cast?
[No, but] I remember my reaction when I booked
[the 1999 film] End of Days. I thought
my manager was joking and the when she convinced
me that she was serious I started jumping up and
down and running around the house screaming in
my leopard print terrycloth bathrobe and managed
to tinkle on myself!
Where was the video filmed?
It was at one of the studios. I really don’t
remember the name.
How long was the shoot?
We shot all day.
How did you feel making the video?
I felt high from the pain meds but happy and
What was the
hardest part of the shoot?
I don’t ever look at any aspect of shooting as
being hard. I love working in front of
a camera and to me it is always exciting.
How was it to work with Bryan Ferry? What was
he like? Did he hit on you?
LOL! He’s great! And he definitely didn’t hit on
me. For some reason the theory about the casting
couch and stars hitting on you has [not]
happened to me once in all the time that I have
Any funny stories from the shoot?
I had just flown from Houston, where I had
surgery on my right foot to remove a broken
sesamoid bone that had become arthritic and
arrived in London just in time to go straight to
the studio to shoot the video. Thank God the
doctor had given me some pain medication as we
were dancing all day! That was no easy “feet”
(pun intended!) in my circumstance!
Naturally I took
the medicine and as I was walking up the stairs,
I tripped and fell up the stair and
torn my stiches! Ouch! As I’m sure you
have guessed by now, it was time for another
dose. “Someone” (and I won’t say who!) noticed
me taking [the medication] and managed to
convince me that I wasn’t the only person in
need of pain relief. In the end we all were very
“happy” during filming of what turned out to be
a great video.
Anything go wrong on the shoot?
Not that I am aware of.
What did you think of the video?
What did your parents think of it?
I doubt they ever saw it. And they’ve both been
deceased for many years.
What did your friends think of it?
If they like Bryan Ferry, they love it.
Did the video ever affect your dating life in
any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends
you were the woman in it)?
Not at all. I was a very independent person and
it wouldn’t matter to me if they didn’t like it.
I wasn’t doing it for them. I was doing it for
me, my career, and my paycheck.
Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still
have any of it?
I’ve received a boatload of it and if I
still have any of it would be in my storage
Did the video generate any controversy that
you know of?
It generated a lot of appreciation from his
What were you paid?
British pounds! LOL!
Were you ever recognized in public?
LOL! All the time. I have no idea when last. No
stories, really, other than some of the amazing
things people will ask for in fan mail like
money to travel with and [the opportunity] to
become my personal photographer.
Tell me about
shooting the Arcadia video “The Flame.” How
was it to work with Duran Duran? Any
funny/unusual stories from the set?
That was great! The guys are all so super
creative and supportive. It took us three very
long days to shoot that one. We would wrap
around 3 a.m., drive home for an hour, and be
right back on set at 8 or 9 a.m. Thank God I was
never one who needed much sleep!
Julie Anne [Rhodes,
then-wife of Duran Duran
keyboardist Nick Rhodes] was pregnant
with Taji [Tatjana] at that time, so I think it
was difficult for her seeing me as the new kid
on the block spending so much time with Nick
[Rhodes], but very soon we became friends;
although we don’t spend much time together these
days due to our very busy schedules, we love
each other and I would trust her with my life.
She beautiful inside and out, talented, has an
amazing sense of humor! My friendship with her
was the greatest thing that I received out of
the Arcadia video.
you ever meet other women who were female
leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?
I live in the West Adams Historic District (Los
Angeles) with my teenage sweetheart, Ken Steen.
We reconnected after 35 years and are planning
We live with our
seven babies: Romeo (a pitbull, 4 years old),
Orlando and Othello (teacup Chihuahuas, 4 years
old), King Cat Cecil (25 years old), Queen
Monkee Monk (15 years old), Princess Onyx (age
unknown), and Bijoux, the rare spot-bellied
bonsai tiger (approximately 6 weeks old). She
somehow managed to crawl into the engine of an
SUV that belongs to my neighbor and survive [a]
trip from another location to our building.
After several attempts to rescue her by many
neighbors and animal control, my next-door
neighbor and I got her out and now she lives
with us. We are a rather big family!
What was Ken’s reaction when he learned you
were in music videos?
Ken was very proud when he saw all of the
videos. He loved it! He thought it was cool!
That is an exact quote from him this very
If you have kids, what do they think of the
No actual children so I can’t say.
What did you think when you first heard from
You may find this answer strange, but I’ve
always be very tuned-in spiritually and about a
week before I heard from you, I had a very
strong sensation that someone would be
contacting me for something about my life during
that time. And then you showed up!
Has anyone else ever interviewed you about
Not at all.
Have you appeared at any fan conventions to
sign autographs? If not, would you?
No, I never have and if I were to consider it
there would have to be an interesting offer on
Did you stay in touch with Bryan Ferry after
I did a shoot with Lucy Ferry (his wife at that
time) and Manolo Blahnik’s sister for something
and ran into Bryan here and there, but we didn’t
attempt to stay in contact.
When was the last time you were in touch with
In the ‘80s.
How do you look back on the experience?
With great fondness not only for that video but
for the entire experience of living and working
in the UK.