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Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna

Alla Pugacheva

Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna

Alla Pugacheva is the most successful Soviet performer and Russian pop Diva. She became a Merited Artist of the Russian SFSR in 1980, People’s Artist of the Russia in 1985 and People’s Artist of the USSR in 1991.
Alla was born on April 15, 1949 in Moscow. Before starting her solo career, she had worked with many bands.
In 1965, Pugacheva finished Moscow school and at the same time she recorded a song “Robot” for the Union Radio program “Good morning”.
In 1967, she entered the State College of Circus and Variety Arts.
In 1969, the singer became a soloist of Lipetsk vocal-instrumental ensemble “New electron”, a year later Pugacheva worked with the ensemble “Muscovites”, and then, until 1972, with an orchestra under the direction of Oleg Lundstrem.

Since 1974, she worked in ensemble “Jolly Fellows”. For the song “Harlequin” Alla was awarded “Golden Orpheus”. In 1976, Pugacheva left the group.
In 1977, Alla played the title role in the film “The woman who sings” and for the first time appeared as a professional composer in the same film (pseudonym Boris Gorbonos). In the 80s it was very famous among Pugacheva’s fans.
During her career famous pop diva has released 60 LPs and CDs.
Pugacheva took part in many festivals and music contests. The singer gave concerts in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, India, Italy, France, Sweden, Hungary, Yugoslavia and many other countries.
One of her brightest performances was at the prestigious song contest “Eurovision – 1997”.
Pugacheva has worked with many famous Russian and international performers and composers. In 1979, Diva gave a joint concert with the famous Frenchman Joe Dassin at the opening of the Moscow hotel “Cosmos”. She worked with the German composer Udo Lindenberg.
In 2005, Alla together with composer Igor Krutoy organized Festival “Song of the Year”. And in the same year, the singer became the official Muse of the annual contest “New Wave” in Jurmala.
On March 5, 2009 Pugacheva left the scene as a singer.

Personal life
In 1969, Pugacheva married Lithuanian circus performer Makolas Edmundas Orbakas, who became a father of daughter Kristina Orbakaite, who is now also a popular singer. However, the marriage did not last long. In 1971, the couple broke up.

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Pugacheva and Orbakas, 1969

In 1976, film director Alexander Stefanovich became the second husband of a woman who sings. Alla starred in a few of his movies. However, family relationships, ended in divorce in 1980.

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Pugacheva and Stefanovich, 1976

In 1985, after years of living together, Pugacheva married producer Yevgeniy Boldin, with whom she had numerous professional collaborations. The couple broke up in 1993. After the union Alla wrote the song “Strong woman”. They say that when Boldin heard this song he burst into tears.

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Pugacheva and Boldin, 1984

Two years later, Alla married the King of Russian Pop music Philip Kirkorov, who was 18 years younger. In 2005, the star couple divorced.

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Pugacheva and Kirkorov

Maxim Galkin became her fifth husband. On September 18, 2013 main couple of Russian show business 64 -year-old Pugacheva and 37-year-old Galkin became parents. Surrogate mother gave birth to twins: Liza and Garry.

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Pugacheva and Galkin

Informal relations
There are a lot of rumors and gossips about Pugacheva’s informal relations. They say Pugacheva had a love affair with Vladimir Vysotsky, however, it is difficult to say now whether it was true.
It is known that for 2 years Pugacheva and Vladimir Kuzmin were together.

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Pugacheva and Kuzmin

It is said that Alla was in a relationship with Alexander Rosenbaum. Little is known about it as about her relationship with the famous singer Igor Talkov, who was killed at his concert.
Shortly before Pugacheva and Kirkorov’s marriage, she was with Sergei Chelobanov, with whom she recorded the song “Uninvited Guest”.

Interesting Facts
– Alla Borisovna was named after actress Alla Tarasova.
– One of the most bloodthirsty maniacs of Soviet Union Anatoly Naghiyev pursued Diva and goal of his life was to kill the singer. In the late 70s and early 80s the man killed six women who were very similar to Alla Pugacheva. The killer was arrested, convicted and executed.
– Pugacheva was the first of the artists, who gave a concert in Chernobyl after the accident.
– According to Forbes magazine, in 2011 Pugacheva earned 4.8 million dollars.
Her fan page Vkontakte: vk.com/allapugachevapro

Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna