Paulina Porizkova (Czech: Pavlína Porízková, pronounced ['pavli?na 'por?i?skova?]; born April 9, 1965) is a Czech-born American model and actress.
Born in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia, she was still a toddler when her father and mother left Czechoslovakia, fleeing the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and moved to Lund in southern Sweden. They left Paulina under the care of her grandmother, believing that their daughter could be brought out later
However, the Czechoslovakian authorities would not allow this, and the ensuing battle for Porízková was widely publicized in the Swedish press, making her a cause célèbre. After a failed rescue attempt, in which her mother was detained by the national police, international political pressure led by Olof Palme caused the communist government to allow the Porizková family to be reunited after seven years. The reunion was soon ended when the husband left, and the couple filed for divorce. Father and daughter have been estranged since.
This left Porízková's mother to fund her own medical education and Porízková and her brother Jáchym Porízka (who was born in Czechoslovakia during her mother's house arrest) to look after themselves, including having to steal bread to have something to eat. Porízková hated her time in Sweden, as she was harassed by her peers for her poverty-stricken political refugee status.
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