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.