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Milena Dravić (pronounced [mîlena drǎːvitɕ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Милена Дравић; 5 October 1940 – 14 October 2018) was a Serbian film, television and theatre actress.

Milena Dravić
Милена Дравић
Milena Dravić in 1969.jpg
Milena Dravić in 1969
Native name
Милена Дравић
Born
Milena Dravić

(1940-10-05)5 October 1940
Died14 October 2018(2018-10-14) (aged 78)
Belgrade, Serbia
NationalitySerbian
OccupationActress
Years active1958–2018
Spouse(s)
Puriša Đorđević
(m. 1960, divorced)

Kokan Rakonjac
(his death 1969)

Dragan Nikolić
(m. 1971; his death 2016)

BiographyEdit

Born in Belgrade, Dravić was involved with the performing arts from the age of four: at first with dance and later classical ballet.[1] In 1959, while in high school, director František Čáp saw her[2] on the cover of a youth magazine in a ballet dancers' group photo and decided to approach her about being in his film Vrata ostaju otvorena. After appearing in a few more films, she decided to pursue acting full-time and successfully enrolled in Belgrade's Dramatic Arts Academy.

Her big break came in 1962 when she won the Golden Arena for Best Actress (which was the Yugoslav equivalent of an Academy Award) for her role in Branko Bauer's film Prekobrojna. This was what propelled her to becoming Yugoslavia's first and arguably biggest female movie star. She was recipient of five Silver arenas (for supporting actress roles) and 2 Golden arenas (for leading actress roles).[3]

Milena Dravić's career was long, prolific and versatile. She was memorable and believable, whether as the tragic heroine in state-sponsored World War II epics, the eccentric protagonist of experimental arthouse films like WR: Mysteries of the Organism or in romantic comedies. She especially excelled in the latter during the 1970s and 1980s. She won the Cannes Best Supporting Actress Award in 1980 for Special Treatment.[4]

For her roles and contributions to domestic cinematography, she received the prestigious Pavle Vujisić Award in August 1994.[5]

On 15 December 2017 she was honored with the prestigious Dobričin prsten lifetime achievement award in Belgrade.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Milena Dravić was married three times. Her third husband was the prominent Serbian actor Dragan Nikolić, with whom she had co-hosted the popular 1970s television program Obraz uz obraz.

DeathEdit

She died on 14 October 2018, after a long battle with illness.[7]

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Vrata ostaju otvorena (1959) - Marija ... Petrova sestra
  • Dilizansa snova (1960) - Evica
  • Zajednicki stan (1960) - Ljubica
  • Bolje je umeti (1960) - Jola
  • The First Fires (1961) - Hajra
  • Leto je krivo za sve (1961) - Natalija
  • Kozara (1962) - Milja
  • Prekobrojna (1962) - Ranka
  • Pesceni grad (1962) - Milena
  • Radopolje (1963) - Mrvica
  • Destination Death (1964) - Seja
  • Sluzbeni polozaj (1964) - Zora
  • Lito vilovito (1964) - Mare
  • Narodni poslanik (1964) - Danica
  • Man is Not a Bird (1965) - Rajka
  • Devojka (1965) - Devojka
  • Klakson (1965) - Jana
  • Covik od svita (1965) - Visnja
  • The Camp Followers (1965) - Aspasia Anastasiou
  • Rondo (1966) - Neda
  • Do pobedata i po nea (1966) - Momata
  • Looking Into the Eyes of the Sun (1966)
  • Sticenik (1966) - Herself
  • Zgodba ki je ni (1967) - Uciteljica
  • Nemirni (1967) - Zorica
  • The Morning (1967) - Aleksandra
  • Dim (1967) - Devojka
  • Hasanaginica (1967) - Hasanaginica
  • Sirota Marija (1968) - Marija
  • Sedmina (1969) - Filomena
  • Zaseda (1969) - Milica
  • Horoskop (1969) - Milka
  • Cross Country (1969) - Jovana
  • The Battle of Neretva (1969) - Nada
  • Biciklisti (1970) - Sara
  • Touha zvaná Anada (1971) - Zuzka
  • W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) - Milena
  • The Role of My Family in the Revolution (1971) - Devojka
  • Makedonski del od pekolot (1971) - Velika
  • Ko pride lev (1972) - Mihaela
  • The Battle of Sutjeska (1973) - Vera
  • Pjegava djevojka (1973) - Katy
  • Samrtno prolece (1973) - Veronika Djakovic
  • Deps (1974) - Depsova djevojka Janja
  • Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja (1974) - Andja / Ofelija
  • Strah (1974) - Karolina
  • Pavle Pavlovic (1975) - Adela
  • Povratak otpisanih (1976) - Lula Mitricevic
  • Group Portrait with a Lady (1977) - Schwester Klementine
  • Ljubavni zivot Budimira Trajkovica (1977) - Lepa Trajkovic
  • Tamo i natrag (1978) - Rada Jovanovic
  • Kvar (1978) - Sasina ljubavnica
  • Trener (1978) - Petrova bivsa zena
  • Povratak (1979) - Roza
  • Special Treatment (1980) - Kaca
  • Osam kila srece (1980)
  • Rad na odredjeno vreme (1980) - Svetlana
  • Snovi, zivot, smrt Filipa Filipovica (1980)
  • Sesta brzina (1981) - Gvozdenka
  • Laf u srcu (1981) - Savina zena
  • Nedeljni rucak (1982) - Sofija Arandjelovic
  • Moj tata na odredjeno vreme (1982) - Svetlana
  • Covek sa cetiri noge (1983) - Nada Jovanovic
  • Secerna vodica (1983) - Ana
  • Una (1984) - Miselova zena
  • Horvat’s Choice (1985) - Marijana Margitic
  • Nije lako sa muskarcima (1985) - Gordana Diklic
  • Anticasanova (1985) - Asja
  • Na istarski nacin (1985)
  • Osveta (1986) - Nada Pekar
  • Razvod na odredjeno vreme (1986) - Svetlana Milanovic
  • Lijepe zene prolaze kroz grad (1986) - Rahela
  • Dogodilo se na danasnji dan (1987) - Nastavnica
  • Cavka (1988) - Nastavnica
  • The Dark Side of the Sun (1988) - Mother
  • Spijun na stiklama (1988) - Livadinka Kukuric
  • Najbolji (1989) - Ninkova majka
  • Battle of Kosovo (1989) - Velislava
  • Cudna noc (1990)
  • Sekula se opet zeni (1991) - Sojka
  • Policajac sa Petlovog brda (1992) - Vera
  • Treca sreca (1995) - Prorocica Antilopa
  • Three Summer Days (1997) - Kaja
  • Cabaret Balkan (1998) - The Lady on the Bus with the Hat and Fox Stole
  • Sky Hook (2000) - Danka
  • Normalni ljudi (2001) - Tomina tetka
  • Boomerang (2001) - Gospodja Jeftic
  • Zona Zamfirova (2002) - Tasana
  • Ledina (2003) - Zorica
  • Sjaj u ocima (2003) - Vlasnica agencije
  • Lost and Found (2005) - Vera (segment "Fabulous Vera")
  • Agi i Ema (2007) - Ema
  • Crazy, Confused, Normal (2007–2015, TV Series) - Spomenka Vihorec
  • Love and Other Crimes (2008) - Majka
  • St. George Shoots the Dragon (2009) - Tetka Slavka
  • The village is burning, and the grandmother is combing her hair (2009, TV Series) - Direktorka banke

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Milena Dravić - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Polimac, Nenad (5 June 2010). "Povratak Františeka Čapa, prvog gay šikaniranog filmaša u Jugoslaviji". Jutarnji. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Milena Dravić - awards". Pula filmski festival. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Awards". Festival Cannes. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Marko Nikolić dobitnik "Pavle Vujisić"". Vreme. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ "(FOTO) Mileni Dravić dodeljen "Dobričin prsten"!". Republika. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Преминула Милена Дравић". politika.rs (in Serbian). 14 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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