Irina Saltykova, pop singer
Irina Saltykova is a Russian singer and actress. Her maiden name is Irina Sapronova. The beautiful blonde was born on May 5, 1966 in Novomoskovsk, Tula region. Her father was a machinist, and her mother worked in a kindergarten. In her childhood Irina was engaged in artistic gymnastics. She even received prizes in the competitions.
From 1981 to 1985 she studied at the building college, then from 1985 to 1990 at the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics.
In 1988 she performed with the group Mirage in Saransk, then briefly worked in variete at the restaurant. After trouble at work and in her personal life Irina decided to become a singer.
In 1994, she debuted on the concert stage of Moscow cinema “Warsaw” with the song “Let Me Go”.
On February 1, 1995 Irina recorded her first song “Grey eyes”. The song composer was Oleg Molchanov, who previously worked with Natalia Vetlitskayaand wrote her hit “Playboy”.
To record the first album Saltykova had to pawn jewelry and her apartment in Moscow. Two weeks later, after the music video release, Irina got many offers from record companies about buying the album. And in mid-1995, she released her first album, which became a bestseller, the second album after Alla Pugacheva’sone.
Many people compared Saltykova with Pamela Anderson.
In November 1996, Irina released her second album – “Blue Eyes”. In the same year she won the “Golden Gramophone” award.
In 1997, Saltykova went on a big tour in Russia and CIS countries, and also gave charity concerts for an orphanage in Yerevan and the military hospital in Moscow. In the same year the singer appeared on the cover of the November issue of Playboy magazine.
In 1998, Saltykova released her third album “Alisa”, which was dedicated to her daughter Alisa Saltykova.
Irina took part in different TV programs, such as Musical Ring, Girls, Vacation in Mexico 2 and others.
The singer also starred in films – Brother 2 (with Sergei Bodrov Jr), Wings, Russian special forces, Kulagin and partners, International airline pilot.
Saltykova is an author of the book “Encyclopedia of beauty. Great gift for Super girls from Irina Saltykova”.
In 1985 in Sochi beautiful blonde met her future husband, popular singer Victor Saltykov. Ten years later, in 1995 they divorced.
On December 7, 1987 Irina gave birth to a daughter Alisa, who is an aspiring singer and actress. The girl studied in France and Switzerland.
After divorce Irina had many love affairs. Russian hockey player Pavel Bure was one of her boyfriends.