One of the best kept secrets about the making of Prince movie Purple Rain has been revealed 20 years after the film became a surprise hit - one cast member almost died.

PATRICIA KOTERO (corr), who played Prince's girlfriend APOLLONIA in the film, almost died from hypothermia after diving into a freezing lake - during the film's infamous strip scene.

Albert Magnoli, who made his feature film directing debut with the low-budget 1984 musical, reveals shooting sexy scenes at Lake Winnetonka during a fierce Minnesota winter were not a good idea.

He explains, "She (Apollonia) hit the waters and we had divers underneath just in case. But she just went into shock. We couldn't film her coming out of the water because she was so frozen.

"The divers grabbed her and immediately rushed her into a tent full of heaters and it took her 50 minutes to thaw out."

The remainder of the lake sequence was filmed in Los Angeles, California.

07/10/2004 21:15