Paul Anka is a pop singer and songwriter who is regarded as one of the best classical singers having been around for more than half a century. While it is mainly for his music that he is known all over the world, Anka has also appeared in a number of movies and TV series.
Bio and Age
The Canadian singer and actor was born Paul Albert Anka on July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While his father, Andrew Emile “Andy” Anka Sr. was a Syrian-American, his mother Camelia Anka was a Canadian-Lebanese.
Raised alongside a brother and sister as the eldest child in a Christian family, Paul Anka had the talent for singing since he was just a child, and at the same time he was good with sports but it was with the former that he would find himself. By the age of 11, he had already started singing in nightclubs.
Although the emphasis of his father was on his son getting a good education, when Paul went to the Fisher Park High School he put his mind into singing and became a part of the Bobby Soxers which was a vocal trio. Soon afterward, he started composing his own songs but his father sent him to Los Angeles so he would concentrate on his education.
However, his musical talent caught the interest of his uncle who introduced the young lad to Ernie Freeman, a music producer who helped Anka to record his first songs which only sold 3,000 copies. After this, he returned to Canada where he began dreaming of a career in law or news reporting. Nonetheless, he would return to the US, New York a Canadian quartet, the Rover Boys during a vacation. He met ABC-Paramount’s Don Costa and within a month, a contract was signed and Diana was released. The song would go on to sell over nine million copies and kick-start a long and successful career for him.
His first album, Paul Anka was released in 1958. In the years to come, he made many more albums and singles that have been very successful all over the world. With the much that he has achieved as a singer and songwriter, he was named Composer of the Year in 1975 at the Juno Awards and was also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005.
Apart from music, the legend has also appeared in a number of screen productions such as the 1964 TC series, Valentine’s Day, The Red Skelton Hour (1965), The Fall Guy (1983), Crime Story (1987), and Ordinary Magic (1993).
More than just a singer and an actor, he is Paul Anka is also a businessman who co-founded ARHT Media which is a holographic tech startup. It is thanks to all these that he has a net worth estimated at over $10 million.
Paul Anka’s Wife and Children
When it comes to relationships, the Singer has had his own very fair share as he has thus far been married up to three times. The first time he got married was in 1963 and it was to a fashion model, Anne de Zogheb. He met Anne, daughter of a Lebanese diplomat in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2012 when she was on a fashion assignment.
Just a year after meeting, Anne De Zogheb and Paul Anka became man and wife and by the time the couple had its second child, she decided to leave modeling for good.
Although the marriage was blessed with five children: Amanda Anka, Anthea Anka, Alexandra Anka, Alicia Anka, and Amelia Anka, it was not meant to be forever as in 2000, Paul and Anne decided to end the marriage after being together for over three decades.
Unfortunately, Anne De Zogheb who was also of English, French, Dutch, and Greek descent, died on March 29, 2017.
The next woman who became the wife of the legendary singer is the American model, actress, and author, Anna Anka. The two met after she was hired as his personal trainer in 2001. Although it was in 2008 that they got married, they had already started dating for a long time before then, and she had given birth to Anka’s sixth child, a son, in 2005. She also had a daughter from a previous marriage.
Unfortunately, Paul and Anna Anka’s marriage came to an end in 2010 although it was in 2009 that Paul filed the divorce papers.
In 2016, the then 75-year old singer got married a third time to Lisa Pemberton after dating her for six years.
Although he is a good looking man, Anka is not the tallest man that you will get to see on any stage. He has a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).