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Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer

Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer

Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer

Irina Ponarovskaya is a Soviet and Russian singer, film actress and sex symbol between the 1980s and the 1990s.
Irina was born on March 12, 1953 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) into a family of musicians. The father of the future celebrity Vitaly Borisovich worked as a conductor and was an artistic director of the jazz orchestra, her mother, Nina Arnoldi worked in the music school at the Leningrad Conservatory. Irina has elder brother Alexander, who became a pianist and since 1990 he lives in the United States and taught at the College of Music.
Young Ponarovskaya was fond of music, at the age of 6 she started playing the piano.
In September 1971 she entered the Leningrad conservatory. From 1971 to 1976 she sang as a soloist in the band Singing Guitars.
In 1974 she performed the role of Eurydice in the first Soviet rock opera film Orpheus and Eurydice.
She made her film debut as Regina Korabelnikova in Menya eto ne kasaetsya (It’s not my business, 1976) by director Gerbert Rappaport.

In 80s she appeared in various musical TV programs, in particular Song of the Year, Morning mail, Little blue light, Around the laughter.
She was involved in fashion and art business.
Irina is considered as the most elegant lady of Russian music. In 1996, representatives of the Fashion House Chanel awarded her the title of Miss Chanel of the Soviet Union, and in 1998 an Italian company invited her to become a face of it.

Personal life
Irina was married three times and has two children. She is sharing her time between her two residences, one in Russia, and one in Norway, where she owns an art gallery.
Her first husband was Gregory Kleymits. They were together for a year and a half.
Second husband – jazz singer Wayland Rudd. They have son Anthony (born on October 17, 1984). They lived together for seven years.
For about a year Ponarovskaya lived with Vlad, the dancer of her music band.
Later she dated singer Soso Pavliashvili.
Third husband – Dmitriy Pushkar.
Irina adopted black girl Antonika.
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Irina Ponarovskaya, Soviet singer