Laima Vaikule, pop singer
Laima Vaikule is a Latvian and Russian pop singer and actress.
She was born on March 31, 1954 in Cesis, Latvian SSR. Laima says “I began to sing only because of my grandmother, who sang in the church choir”.
For the first time Laima performed at the age of 12, taking part in a competition for young singers.
At the age of 15 she became a soloist of the Riga Radio and Television Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Pauls.
Since 1979 she had performed at the famous variety show, Juras pearl (Sea pearl) in Jurmala.
In 1984 Laima entered the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
The singer was noticed by a well-known songwriter Ilya Reznik. He invited Laima to record a new song Night Fire. With this song she took part in the contest Song of the Year – 86.
Then in 1986 the pop star sang together with Valery Leontiev new song Vernissage (by Pauls, Reznik).
For this song she was awarded The Golden Lyre at the international festival in Czechoslovakia (Bratislava Lyre).
Laima has recorded several successful albums in Russia and Latvia, sold more than 20 million CDs in Russia, Europe and the USA.
Vaikule is a regular guest at the song contest New Wave, as well as on radio and television.
She is an animal rights defender and a vegetarian.
Vaikule starred in Inspector Gull (1979), The Brothers Rico (1980), Dancing on the Roof (1985), Russian style (1991), Military Field Romance (1998), The Snow Queen (2003), House at Salt Lake (2004), It is New Year’s movie, or a Night at the Museum (2007), Little Red Riding Hood (2009) and others.
Laima met her husband and producer Andrey Latkovsky (former bass player) in 1970. They haven’t got children.