Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Dolly Parton all rolled into ONE!
Born Czeslawa Cieslak on June 10, 1938 in Ličge, Belgium, to Polish emigrants. She returned in 1948 with her parents to Poland and settled in Lewin Klodzki.
In her best years Violetta Villas was a mezzo-soprano whose voice had an extraordinary register and a very wide range of vocal color. It covered four octaves. In her songs she showed a remarkable ability for naturally assimilative styles, and for eliciting a multiplicity of voices. Villas could perform at times as a tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano, a unique attribute amongst singers of any gender, in the fields of both classical and popular music.
In 1966 while in Paris Violetta was approached by Frederick Apcar, who invited her to Las Vegas. She was to perform with the renowned star Line Renaud, but just after few weeks Villas outshone her, with her name in neon lights over the Casino de Paris. She sang with Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr., Eartha Kitt and Dean Martin and Charles Aznavour. In Carnegie Hall she received a standing ovation. In New York, Violetta's concert was sold out. She featured in two movies, as the female lead in Dzieciol ("The Woodpecker", 1970) and as principal vocalist for Mój Nikifor ("My Nikifor", 2004). She appeared in two American films, the musical "Paint your wagon" with Lee Marvin and the western "Heaven with a Gun" with Glenn Ford and was offered a lucrative 8-year contract with Paramount Pictures but turned it down.
Back in Poland looking after her dying mother, the Communists took away her passport ending her International Superstar potential.