Singer, author, actress (B. 1936, Bari / Italy D. November 14, 2011, Istanbul). She was the former wife of theatre and cinema actor Kerim Afşar, and Prof. Dr. Oktay Sinanoglu's sister. She has three brothers from the first wife of her father. She was born in Bari/Italy as her father was a diplomat. After graduating from Ankara College, she completed the Department of Piano, Ankara State Conservatory. She has received voice and singing lessons from Madame Hidalgo, Madame Böhm. She entered the State Theater as a pianist in 1940. She worked as a guest actress in Ankara Meydan Stage. Then she concentrated on music only. She worked on Turkish light music with lyrics, which was also known as "arrangement". She had support from Ruhi Su in the form of contemporary folk music. She was very successful in her area and gave several concerts both within and outside Turkey; received numerous awards. She translated "Kırmızı Pabuçlar" (Red Shoes) in 1980 and it was staged in Ankara and Istanbul State Theatres and on TV for four years. She prepared the "Yunus Emre" tape.
She participated in several social associations. She was a member of Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, Atatürkçü Düşünce Derneği, Türkiye - Yunanistan Dostluk Derneği (executive board), Sokaktaki Çocukları ve Gençleri Koruma Derneği (founder), Sigara İçmeyenler Derneği, Beyoğlu'nu Güzelleştirme Derneği ve Müzik Dostları Derneği (executive board). She has a grandchild named Hazal Bulut from her daughter Pinar Afsar; and two grandchildren named Mavi Derin and Esin Mira from her son Aydincan. She died on November 14, 2011 and buried in Karacaahmet Cemetery.
Kitaplar: Anılar Yanıltır mı?, Sefername 2, Kırmızı Pabuçlar (Translation, 2001), Gül Prenses (2001), Yaşamımdan Esintiler (2008).
Music Albums: Dün ve Bugünün Türk Şiir ve Ezgileri (1986), Ruhi Su'ya Türkü (1987), Yunus Emre (1991), Esin Alaturka (1995), Atatürk (1997), Özlem (1998), Pembe Uçurtma (1998), Caz Yorumlarıyla Aşık Veysel (1999), Nazım Hikmet Şarkıları (2000), Yunus Emre & Mevlana Şarkıları (2002).
45's Records: Zühtü / Kaz, Hacer Hanım / Ben Olayım, Sanatçının Kaderi / O Pencere, Canı Sıkılan Adam / Yiğidin Öyküsü, Sandığımı Açamadım / Güneşe Giden Gemi, Dert Şarkısı / Niye Çattın Kaşlarını, Gel Dosta Gidelim / Sorma, Sivastopol / Küçük Kuşum, Diley Diley Yar / Yaprağı, Yağan Yağmur / Çatladı Dudaklarım Öpülmeyi Öpülmeyi, Kara Toprak / Yunus (Bana Seni gerek Seni), Yoh Yoh / Bebek (Bir Masal Türküsü), Allam Allam Seni Yar / Drama Köprüsü, Halalay Çocuk / Güzelliğin On Para Etmez, Gurbet Yorganı / Elif, Niksarın Fidanları / Aliyi Gördüm Aliyi, Allam Allam Seni Yar / Yoh Yoh.
Actress: Göç (1974), Gönüller Sultanı Mevlana (1989), Neredesin Firuze (2003).
Stage Actress: Kelaynaklar, Aşk Acısı, Dünkü Çocuk, Tahta Çanaklar, Dışarıdakiler, Poker Partisi.
REFERENCE: Türkiye Yazarlar Birliği / Türkiye Kültür Sanat Yıllığı (2012), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (V. 12, 2015)