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Hülya Avşar was born in Edremit, Balıkesir, to a Kurdish father from Ardahan and a Turkish mother from Edremit. A part of her maternal family is of Ottoman Turkish descent who immigrated from Crete, Greece. Other part of her maternal family is of Yörük descent, which is a Turkic ethnic subgroup. In a television show she told that her father’s Kurdish name is Ello, and her Kurdish birth name is Malakan. In 1979 Avşar married Mehmet Tecirli, an engineering student; however, they divorced shortly after. Avşar married for a second time in 1997 to Kaya Çilingiroğlu which ended in divorce in 2005; they have one daughter named Zehra.