Career: She graduated from Ankara Cumhuriyet Lisesi and started swimming professionally for DSI. In 1982, she and her family moved to Istanbul. Avşar attended a beauty pageant organized by Bulvar magazine which she won. Later, the organization revoked her crown when it was discovered that she had been married for a brief period. In 1983, she debuted as an actress in the movie Haram. In the following years, she starred in over 70 films and won the best actress prize in the Moscow International Film Festival. In addition, she launched a singing career that saw a nation-wide concert tour, the release of 7 albums and 1 single to date. In 2000, Avşar won the best female singer award by Kral TV. That year, she wrote for Günaydın newspaper as a columnist. Avşar is currently the editor of Hülya (a monthly magazine). She plays tennis on an amateur basis and won a championship in the TED 2001 tennis tournament.
Personal life: Hülya Avşar is of Turkish descent on her mother’s side and of Kurdish descent on her father’s side. In 1982 Avşar married Mehmet Tecirli, an engineering student; however, they divorced shortly after once she became pregnant at the age of 16. Avşar married for a second time in 1997 to Kaya Çilingiroğlu which ended in divorce in 2005; they have one daughter named Zehra. She has also dated former 1987-88 European Golden Shoe football player Tanju Çolak and businessman Sadettin Saran between 2007-10.
Born on 12.10.1974 in Istanbul. She went to primary school in Ankara. Moving to Istanbul with her family afterwards, Ebru Gündeş had to discontinue her education due to financial impossibility. – The quality of her voice was discovered at her early ages. One of their relatives took Ebru Gündeş and her mother Müjgan Kumartaşlıoğlu to Neşe Demirkat, a partner of Raks Neşe Müzik, then at the stage of foundation. Fascinated as she listened and expressing her desire to introduce this magnificent voice to Turkish people, Neşe Demirkat delivered Ebru Gündeş into the hands of the well-known producer Koral Sarıtaş and of Selçuk Tekay. – Koral Sarıtaş asked Ebru Gündeş to sing behind Emel Sayın, so that she could have stage experience. Gündeş sang behind Sayın for a month and had her first stage experience. – Afterwards, her debut album, “Tanrı Misafiri”, was released in 1994. For those who listened to this song, first introduced by Ajda Pekkan, by Ebru Gündeş’ voice and technique, it was not difficult to embrace her. People who then thought “what a strong voice from such a small body” admired her more and more every day. – Proving her permanence in the music industry with her debut, Ebru Gündeş sold 1.250.000 albums. – Gündeş suddenly fell like a bomb on Turkey, whose success was riveted with her second album “Tatlı Bela”. – Her third album “Ben Daha Büyümedim” was another success following her previous albums. – Her fourth album was titled “Kurtlar Sofrası”. – Fifth was titled “Sen Allah’ın Bir Lütfusun”. – Her sixth album “Dön Ne Olur” is among the top sellers these days. – During the introduction of “Dön Ne Olur” to the press, Ebru Gündeş had a serious sickness. She was hospitalized on December 1, 1999 upon the diagnosis of cerebral hemorrhage and had 2 heavy operations. She was discharged from hospital on December 16, 1999. – In her seventh album in 2001, AHDIM OLSUN, Ebru Gündeş worked with the best lyricists, composers and arrangers of Turkey, again placing herself in the agenda of the music markets with the quality and circulation of the album. – In 2003, she released the album titled ŞAHANE. Gündeş reached her previous success and sales figures with her eighth album, rightfully proud of this outcome. – And now Gündeş has returned with her latest album BİZE DE BU YAKIŞIR, stating that she is living the most productive days of her career and working with all her might.