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Paul Albert Anka

Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Father of Amanda Bateman; Private; Private; Private; Private and 1 other
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Occupation: Singer-songwriter, actor.
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About Paul Anka

He is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.

Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana'", "Lonely Boy", and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder". He went on to write such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady", and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way".

In 1983, he co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song "I Never Heard", which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It". An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", has since been discovered, and will be released in the near future.

Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. He was born to Andy and Camelia Anka, immigrants from Lebanon who owned a restaurant called The Locanda in Ottawa.He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees.

He was married to Anne de Zogheb, the daughter of Lebanese diplomat Count Charles de Zogheb, from February 16, 1963 to September 28, 2000. Anka met de Zogheb in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1962. Raised in Egypt, but of English, Lebanese, French, Dutch and Greek descent, she was a fashion model on assignment and under contract to the Eileen Ford Agency. The couple married the following year in a ceremony at Orly Airport in Paris. De Zogheb quit modeling after their second child was born. They have five daughters (youngest to oldest): Amelia, singer and writer Anthea Anka, Alicia, Amanda (wife of actor Jason Bateman) and Alexandra.

Anka has a son (Ethan, born 2005) with Swedish model and actress Anna Anka (born Åberg and earlier married Yeager), and is the stepfather of Anna Anka's daughter Elli, born 2002. Anka and Anna Åberg (she reverted to her maiden name after the divorce) were married in Sardinia during the summer of 2008. They are currently separated. She is thirty years his junior.

Anna is currently one of the women in the new Swedish TV3 show Svenska Hollywoodfruar (Swedish Hollywood wives).

In Canada, Ottawa City Council named 26 August 1981 'Paul Anka Day' to celebrate his 25th anniversary in show business. A street in Ottawa is named 'Paul Anka Drive' in his honour. He attended Fisher Park High School as well as Lisgar Collegiate Institute. The woman that inspired 'Diana' lives with her family in Ottawa. After receiving a negative review for a 1981 performance in Ottawa, he swore off performing there and did not play there again for almost twenty years, until an April 2002 fundraiser gala at the Ottawa Congress Centre.

In 1991, he signed an investment agreement with the new Ottawa Senators NHL franchise. The agreement ended up being dissolved in an out-of-court settlement in 1993.



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Paul Anka's Timeline

July 30, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
December 10, 1968
New York, New York, United States