Romina Power

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Romina Power
Eurovision Song Contest 1976 - Romina Power.jpg
Romina Power at the Eurovision Song Contest 1976
Born Romina Francesca Power
(1951-10-02) October 2, 1951 (age 62)
Los Angeles, United States
Occupation Actress, singer, writer, painter
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Albano Carrisi (1970–1999)
Children Ylenia (1970; missing), Yari (1973), Cristel (1985), Romina (1987)
Parents Tyrone Power (1914–1958)
Linda Christian (1923–2011)
Relatives Taryn Power (younger sister)
Tyrone Power, Jr. (half-brother)
Website
http://www.rominapower.it

Romina Francesca Power (born October 2, 1951) is an American-born singer and actress.

Biography[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Romina Power is the eldest daughter of American screen idol Tyrone Power and his second wife, actress Linda Christian.

After her parents divorced in 1956 her mother took Romina and her younger sister Taryn to live all over the world but mainly in Mexico and Italy where she and her sister spent much of their childhood, although Romina attended college in England.[1]

Her interest in music was evoked in her childhood by American musicals from the 1950s, Mexican Mariachi bands and Italian music from the 1960s. In her early teens, Power discovered The Beatles and Bob Dylan, which inspired her to compose music. After receiving a guitar as a birthday gift, she learned chords and wrote her first songs.

She appeared in several mainly Italian language films from the age of 14, including the 1968 adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's novel Justine directed by Jesus Franco.

She met her singer and actor husband Albano Carrisi whilst acting in films in the 1960s. They married in 1970. In 1975 they formed a singing duo, which became well known in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the USSR, releasing multiple albums in different languages and achieving 7th place in both the 1976 and 1985 Eurovision Song Contest for Italy. The couple divorced in 1999. They have four children:

In 2005 she was a judge in the Italian TV show Ballando con le Stelle ("Dancing with the Stars").

Between 2006 and 2007 Romina organized exhibitions of her paintings, mainly in Milan. At the same time she dedicated herself to directing her film "Upaya" (2006).

In spring 2007 Romina Power bought a house in Sedona, Arizona and decided to leave Italy forever and move to the United States. The clamorous interview in which she revealed her plans was published in an Italian magazine Diva e donna. According to Romina, she was perceived by the Italian public merely as a performer of Il ballo del qua-qua (a song for children, from her and Al Bano's album Felicità, 1982), and for her it was difficult to establish herself in Italy as a painter and writer. Furthermore, she was disturbed by intrusive attention of the local press that published multiple articles with speculations about her private life and disappearance of her daughter Ylenia.[3][4]

Shortly after her relocation, in 2008, her mother Linda Christian was diagnosed with colon cancer, so she went to live in her mother's house in Palm Springs,[which?] where she remained for three years, until her mother's death on July 22, 2011. In a November 2009 interview to the Italian TV she stated to have considered, at least for some time, a possible return to Italy. At present Romina Power is permanently living and working in the United States where she resides full-time.[5]

In the fall of 2012 was released her album "Da lontano" with songs written down in 1999.

In the summer of 2013, Al Bano and Romina Power reunited, reportedly only on a professional basis and for one final time, for a concert performance in Moscow.[6][7]

Romina is a polyglot who speaks five languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French and Dutch.[8]

Filmography[edit]

  • Menage all'italiana (Menage Italian Style, 1965)
  • Come imparai ad amare le donne (How I Learned to Love Women, 1966)
  • Per amore... per magia... (For Love... for Magic, 1967)
  • Assicurasi vergine (Insurance on a Virgin, 1967)
  • L'oro del mondo (The World's Gold, 1967)
  • Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme (24 Hours in the Life of a Woman, 1968)
  • Il suo nome è Donna Rosa (Her Name is Donna Rosa, 1969)
  • Pensando a te (Thinking of You, 1969)
  • Marquis de Sade: Justine (1969)
  • Femmine insaziabili (The Insatiables, 1969)
  • Las Trompetas del a pocalipsis (Trumpets of the Apocalypse, 1969)
  • Mezzanotte d'amore (Midnight of Love, 1970)
  • Angeli senza paradiso (Angels Without Paradise, 1970)
  • Champagne in paradiso (Champagne in Paradise, 1983)
  • Il ritorno di Sandokan (The Return of Sandokan, 1996, TV miniseries)
  • Tutti i sogni del mondo (All the Dreams in the World, 2003, TV miniseries)
  • Upaya[9] (2005) Writer and Director
  • Go Go Tales (2007)

Discography (only albums without the compilations)[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 12 Canzoni E Una Poesia (1969)
  • Ascolta, Ti Racconto Di Un Amore (1974)
  • Con Un Paio Di Blue-Jeans (1974)
  • Da lontano (2012)

With Al Bano[edit]

  • Atto I (1975)
  • Des Nuits Entières (1976)
  • 1978 (1978)
  • Aria Pura (1979)
  • Momentos (1979)
  • Sharazan (1981) (Spanish)
  • Felicità (1982)
  • Felicidad (1982) (Spanish)
  • Che Angelo Sei (1982)
  • Que Ángel Será (1983) (Spanish)
  • The Golden Orpheus Festival 1984 (1984)
  • Effetto Amore (1984)
  • Sempre Sempre (1986)
  • Siempre Siempre (1986) (Spanish)
  • Libertà ! (1987)
  • Libertad (1987) (Spanish)
  • Fragile (1988)
  • Fragile (Spanish) (1988)
  • Fotografia Di Un Momento (1990)
  • Fotografía De Un Momento (1990) (Spanish)
  • Corriere Di Natale (1990)
  • Weihnachten Bei Uns Zu Hause (1991)
  • Navidad Ha Llegado (1991) (Spanish)
  • Vincerai (1991)
  • Vencerás (1991) (Spanish)
  • Notte E Giorno (1993)
  • El Tiempo De Amarse (1993) (Spanish)
  • Emozionale (1995)
  • Amor Sagrado (1995) (Spanish)
  • Ancora – Zugabe (1996)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Al Bano & Romina Power: Autoritratto all A dalla R (Rizzoli 1989)
  • Cercando mio padre, (Gremese 1998)
  • Ho sognato don Chisciotte, (Bompiani 2000)
  • Kalifornia (It's here now), (Arcana 2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of Romina Power at her official web site.
  2. ^ "Yari.tv". Yari.tv. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Spettacoli.tiscali.it, Romina Power: "Addio lascio l'Italia"
  4. ^ Tgcom.ùrfozdry/oy, La Power: "Italia addio per sempre"
  5. ^ "Romina Power- Interview". YouTube. November 10, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bild.de: Al Bano and Romina Power: Reunion after 14 Years (German). Retrieved 12-05-2013.
  7. ^ Express.de: Comeback: Al Bano and Romina Power Singing Together Once More (German). Retrieved 12-05-2013.
  8. ^ Esctoday.com | We'll live it all again[dead link]
  9. ^ "Yari.tv". Yari.tv. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Wess & Dori Ghezzi
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1976
(with Al Bano)
Succeeded by
Mia Martini
Preceded by
Alice & Franco Battiato
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1985
(with Al Bano)
Succeeded by
Umberto Tozzi & Raf