|Vicky Leandros at home in Greece|
, born Vassiliki Papathanasiou
, daughter of musician and composer Leandros Papathanasiou (known as Leo Leandros[?]
), is a Greek singer with a long international career. She was born August 23
, in Paleokastritsa[?]
, a resort on the island of Corfu
, in the Ionian Sea
Her parents took her to Germany when she was five years old. She grew up in Hamburg, where she went to a German school. Her parents divorced and she stayed with her father.
Vicky revealed her talent at a very young age and when she was 13 she released her first album "Messer, Gabel, Schere, Licht" which became immediately a success.
In 1967, she received an offer to sing for Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "L' amour est bleu". She got the fourth place.
This has been the beginning of a unique career for her and her father: she was singing in eight languages with her albums being sold all over the world.
In 1972, she received the second offer to represent Luxembourg at the Eurovision. She accepted and won the contest with the song "Après toi". Translated into English as "Come What May", it was also a big hit in the UK.
She is married to Enno Freiherr von Ruffin and has three children (Milana, Sandra, Leandros).
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