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She stunned the world with the voice of an angel, videoed by a cop as she lived homeless in Los Angeles.
Now DailyMailTV can reveal that the subway soprano's journey in life is as dramatic as the Punccini aria which she was captured singing, spanning poverty, adoption, religious oppression in the Soviet Union, an abusive marriage, and an American dream which soured.
Hope - Act - Life - Friends - Home
But now there is hope of another act in her life, with friends from her home country offering the 52-year-old classically-trained musician the chance to come back and teach music.
Emily Zamourka is the youngest of nine siblings born in 1967 into grinding poverty in the Soviet republic of Moldova, now Europe's poorest nation, squeezed between Ukraine and Romania.
Name - Liudmila - Grekova - Family - Seventh
Her name was Liudmila Grekova and her family were Seventh Day Adventists - a religion forbidden by the Communists - who remained devout worshipers despite the intrusive attention of the KGB and police.
But it was when she was just two and a half that her life changed fundamentally, with her mother forced to give her up for adoption because of heart problems.
DailyMailTV - Emily
DailyMailTV can disclose how Emily:
Aged two and half, her mother's health problems were proving too much, and Emily - or Mila to her family - was passed to a childless Seventh Day Adventist couple, Ivan and Ioana Zamorca in another city, Leova.
Surnames - Spelling - Collapse - Soviet - Union
Their surnames vary in spelling because after the collapse of the Soviet Union Moldova changed from writing in Cyrillic script to Latin, with Emily using a different Westernized spelling to her adoptive parents.
Her adoptive mother - a retired collective farm worker now aged 85 - told DailyMailTV: 'Her brothers and sisters were upset that their parents gave her away.
Grekov - Children - Window - Liuda - Emily
'I remember how the Grekov children were at the window crying when we left with Liuda [Emily]. The...
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