Romina Francesca Power is an American singer known for being one half of the musical duo Al Bano and Romina Power. She is also an actress and has appeared in several Italian films and TV shows. A native of California, Power grew up in a family already exposed to the spotlight. Both of her parents were actors and she became interested in performing quite early in her life. Following her parents’ divorce, Power spent much of her life relocating from one place to another. Her first love was music and her time in Mexico, Italy, and the United States of America forged her diverse taste in the art form. She made her acting debut when she was 14 years old in ‘Menage all'italiana’. She formed Al Bano and Romina Power with her then-husband Albano Carrisi in 1975 and they went on to release 28 albums together. The duo is one of the most successful non-English musical acts in the world.
At the age of 14, Romina Power played Stella Robotti in the comedy film ‘Menage all'italiana’ (1965). She made her TV debut in 1969 in an episode of ‘Nero Wolfe.’
The first movie in which she and Al Bano worked together is the 1967 musicarello film ‘Nel Sole’. The film also starred her mother, Linda Christian, who portrayed the mother of her daughter’s character. Power, Al Bano, and Christian all reprised their respective roles in the 1968 sequel to ‘Nel Sole’, ‘L'oro del mondo’. The couple was also cast opposite each other in ‘Pensando a te’ (1969), ‘Il suo nome è Donna Rosa’ (1969), ‘Angeli senza paradiso’ (1970), ‘Mezzanotte d'amore’ (1970), and ‘Champagne in paradiso’ (1984)
In 1969, she played the titular role in the cinematic adaptation of ‘Marquis de Sade's Justine’. Her film credits also include ‘Femmine insaziabili’ (1969) and ‘Las trompetas del apocalipsi’ (1976). She made an appearance in several episodes of the popular series ‘The Return of Sandokan’ (1996). Her most recent appearance was in the 2014 historical drama ‘Il segreto di Italia’.
In the initial years of her career, Power released three solo albums: ‘12 canzoni e una poesia’ (1969), ‘Ascolta, ti racconto di un amore’ (1974), and ‘Con un paio di Blue-Jeans’ (1974). In 2012, she put out her most recent solo album, titled ‘Da lontano’.
During Power and Al Bano’s first run as a musical duo from 1975 to 1999, they were the most popular musical act in Italy. They garnered fans in other European countries as well, including Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Poland, Greece, and several countries in Eastern Europe. Their music had not only found its audience in the USSR but also crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Latin America. They finished both the 1976 and 1985 Eurovision Song Contest at the 7th place. Some of their hit songs are ‘Felicità’, ‘Sharazan’, ‘Tu soltanto tu’, ‘Ci sarà’, ‘Sempre sempre’, and ‘Libertà.
The duo broke up following their divorce in 1999. Power and Al Bano reunited in 2013 to perform at a concert in Moscow. According to reports, this was only a professional collaboration. In 2015, the erstwhile couple was featured in the Sanremo Festival.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on October 2, 1951, in Los Angeles, California, USA, Romina Power is the oldest of the two daughters of American actor Tyrone Power and Mexican actress Linda Christian. Her younger sister’s name is Taryn. Christian was Tyrone’s second wife and they divorced in 1956. Both Romina and Taryn were raised by their mother in various places, notably in Mexico and Italy. Exposed to such diversity of cultures, Romina became interested in Mexican Mariachi bands, American musicals, and the 1960s Italian music.
Power became acquainted with Albano Carrisi while they were both active in the Italian film industry in the 1960s. She was a rising star, while he had already established himself as an actor and singer. They exchanged wedding vows on July 26, 1970. Power gave birth to four children: Daughters Ylenia Maria Sole (born November 29, 1970), Cristèl Chiara (born December 25, 1985), and Romina Jolanda (born June 1, 1987), and son Yari (born April 21, 1973).
In January 1994, while Ylenia was briefly residing with a street musician in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, she went missing. The authorities subsequently arrested the musician in an unrelated case but he was later released as the police did not find any evidence against him linking him to Ylenia’s disappearance. According to Al Bano, their daughter’s disappearance played a catastrophic role in the dissolution of his marriage. He and Power divorced in 1999. In December 2014, Al Bano asked the US authorities to announce Ylenia presumed death. However, Power still believes that her daughter is alive.
In October 2007, after purchasing a house in Sedona, Arizona, Power came back to her native country after living in Italy for a while. Besides acting and singing, she has also developed interests in painting and writing.
Romina Power is polyglot and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Dutch.