Romina Francesca Power
October 2, 1951
(m. 1970; div. 1999)
|Children||4, including Ylenia Carrisi|
|Relatives||Taryn Power |
Tyrone Power Jr.
Tyrone Power Sr.
Romina Francesca Power (born October 2, 1951) is an American actress and singer originally from Beverly Hills, California. The daughter of Hollywood star Tyrone Power and actress Linda Christian, she achieved international success as one half of the music duo Al Bano and Romina Power, together with her then husband Albano Carrisi.
During the height of her career, Power’s beauty was the subject of wide, public appreciation. So much so that Sir Terry Wogan of BBC confessed to allocating points to Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 1985 before hearing their entry song due to Power's appearance. To date, Al Bano and Romina Power have sold over 165 million albums worldwide with Felicità remaining an iconic song in the history of music. Her most famous performances include singing at Maracanã Stadium for Pope John Paul 2 in 1997, two performances at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 and 1985 as well as numerous appearances at San Remo Festival. In 1983, she declined the role of Deborah and starring along Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America, which was a privately dedicated offer by the director Sergio Leone.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Power is the elder daughter of American screen idol Tyrone Power famous for The Black Swan (film), Nightmare Alley (1947 film), and The Mark of Zorro (1940 film) and his second wife, Mexican actress Linda Christian. After her parents divorced in 1956, she and her younger sister Taryn lived with their mother in various places, mainly in Mexico and Italy where she and her sister spent much of their childhood, although Romina attended Cobham Hall School in Kent, England.
Her interest in music was evoked in her childhood by American musicals from the 1950s, Mexican Mariachi bands and Italian music from the 1960s. In her early teens, Power discovered The Beatles and Bob Dylan, which inspired her to compose music. After receiving a guitar as a birthday gift, she learned chords and wrote her first songs.
She appeared in several mainly Italian-language films from the age of 14, including the 1969 adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's novel Justine, directed by Jesus Franco. In 1960s, she was a fiancee of Stash de Rola, a son of the painter Balthus. Stash introduced her to Paul McCartney, Jane Asher and Syd Barret who later became friends.
She met her singer and actor husband Al Bano while acting in films in the 1960s. They married in 1970. In 1975 they formed a singing duo, which became a sensation in Continental Europe and Latin America, releasing multiple albums in different languages and achieving 7th place in both the 1976 and 1985 Eurovision Song Contest for Italy. Their biggest hits included "Felicità", "Sharazan", "Tu soltanto tu", "Ci sarà", "Sempre sempre", and "Libertà". In 1989, after the fall of the general secretary of the communist party and Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu, their song, ”Liberta (Freedom)”, was played on national radio. The couple divorced in 1999. They have four children:
- Ylenia Maria Sole (born November 29, 1970), their eldest daughter who, following graduation at King's College London went missing in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 1994
- Yari Marco Carrisi (born April 21, 1973), their only son
- Cristèl Chiara Carrisi (born December 25, 1985), who appeared in Italian reality TV show La Fattoria 2 (The Farm). Married to Croatian-Chilean businessman Davor Luksic
- Romina Yolanda Carrisi (born June 1, 1987), who appeared in the 2005 edition of Italian reality TV show Isola dei Famosi (a version of Survivor) with her father
In 2005 Power was a judge in the Italian TV show Ballando con le Stelle (Dancing with the Stars). Between 2006 and 2007 she organized exhibitions of her paintings, mainly in Milan. At the same time she dedicated herself to directing her film Upaya (2006).
In 2007, Power bought a house in Sedona, Arizona and decided to move back to the United States. The clamorous interview in which she revealed her plans was published in an Italian magazine Diva e donna. According to Romina, she was perceived by the Italian public merely as a performer of Il ballo del qua-qua (a song for children, from her and Al Bano's album Felicità, 1982), and for her it was difficult to establish herself in Italy as a painter and writer. Furthermore, she was disturbed by the intrusive attention of the local press, that published multiple articles with speculations about her private life and the disappearance of her daughter Ylenia.
Shortly after her relocation, in 2008, her mother Linda Christian was diagnosed with colon cancer, so she went to live in her mother's house in Palm Springs[which?] where she remained for three years, until her mother's death on July 22, 2011. In a November 2009 interview she gave to Italian TV she stated she had considered, at least for some time, a possible return to Italy. [needs update]
In the fall of 2012 her album Da lontano was released, containing songs written in 1999. In the summer of 2013 Al Bano and Romina Power reunited, reportedly only on a professional basis and for one final time, for a concert performance in Moscow. In 2015 Al Bano and Romina Power reunited again for a guest appearance in the Sanremo Festival.
|1966||How I Learned to Love Women||Irene|
|1967||Assicurarsi vergine||Lucia Impallomeni|
|Nel sole||Lorena Vivaldi|
|1968||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||Mariette|
|L'oro del mondo||Lorena Vivaldi|
|1969||Il suo nome è Donna Rosa||Rosetta Belmonte|
|Pensando a te||Livia|
|Marquis de Sade: Justine||Justine|
|Carnal Circuit||Gloria Brighton|
|1970||Mezzanotte d'amore||Rosetta Belmonte|
|Angeli senza paradiso||Anna Roskova|
|1984||Champagne in paradiso||Paola Davis|
|2007||Go Go Tales||Yolanda Vega|
|2014||Il segreto di Italia||Adult Italia Martin|
|2016||Quo Vado?||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|1969||Nero Wolfe||Lois Jarrell||Episode: "Circuito chiuso"|
|1970||Doppia coppia||Herself/ Co-host||Variety show (season 2)|
|1981–1982||Fantastico||Herself/ Co-host||Variety show (season 2)|
|1985||Il tastomatto||Herself/ Host||Variety show|
|I promessi sposi||Lucia Mondella||Special|
|1989–1990||Cinema Insieme||Herself/ Host||Interstitial program|
|1991||Albano e Romina Power Story||Herself/ Host||Special|
|1996||The Return of Sandokan||Maharani Surama||Series regular (4 episodes)|
|Canzoni sotto l'albero||Herself/ Judge||Musical contest (season 5)|
|1998–2000||Per tutta la vita...?||Herself/ Host||Variety show (seasons 2–4)|
|2003||Tutti i sogni del mondo||Cinzia's teacher||Miniseries|
|2010||Ciak... Si canta!||Herself/ Contestant||Talent show (season 2)|
|2016||Così lontani così vicini||Herself/ Co-host||Reality show (season 3)|
|2017||Standing Ovation||Herself/ Judge||Talent show|
|2020||Amici di Maria De Filippi||Herself/ Guest||Performer|
- 12 canzoni e una poesia (1969)
- Ascolta, ti racconto di un amore (1974)
- Con un paio di Blue-Jeans (1974)
- Da lontano (2012)
With Al Bano
- Atto I (1975)
- 1978 (1978)
- Aria pura (1979)
- Sharazan (1981) (Spanish)
- Felicità (1982)
- Felicidad (1982) (Spanish)
- Che angelo sei (1982)
- Que ángel será (1983) (Spanish)
- The Golden Orpheus Festival 1984 (1984)
- Effetto amore (1984)
- Sempre sempre (1986)
- Siempre siempre (1986) (Spanish)
- Libertà! (1987)
- Libertad (1987) (Spanish)
- Fragile (1988)
- Fragile (1988) (Spanish)
- Fotografia di un momento (1990)
- Fotografía de un momento (1990) (Spanish)
- Weihnachten bei uns zu Hause (1990) (also known as Corriere di Natale)
- Navidad ha llegado (1991) (Spanish)
- Vincerai (1991)
- Vencerás (1991) (Spanish)
- Notte e giorno (1993)
- El tiempo de amarse (1993) (Spanish)
- Emozionale (1995)
- Amor sagrado (1995) (Spanish)
- Ancora... Zugabe (1996)
- The Very Best – Live aus Verona (2015)
- Al Bano & Romina Power: Autoritratto all A dalla R (Rizzoli 1989)
- Cercando mio padre, (Gremese 1998)
- Ho sognato don Chisciotte, (Bompiani 2000)
- Kalifornia (It's Here Now), (Arcana 2004)
- Upaya, (Fazi Editore 2005)
- Ti prendo per mano, (Mondadori 2015)
- Karma Express (Mondadori 2017 )
- Biography of Romina Power at her official web site.
- "Yari.tv". Yari.tv. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Spettacoli.tiscali.it Archived September 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Romina Power: "Addio lascio l'Italia"
- Tgcom.ùrfozdry/oy, La Power: "Italia addio per sempre"
- Bild.de: Al Bano and Romina Power: Reunion after 14 Years (German). Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Express.de: Comeback: Al Bano and Romina Power Singing Together Once More (German). Retrieved May 12, 2013.
- Esctoday.com | We'll live it all again
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Romina Power.|
- Romina Power – Official site (bilingual)
- Official YouTube Channel
- Romina Power at IMDb
- Romina Power discography at Discogs