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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 7 September 1955Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A leading actress of theatre, film and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Mira Furlan emigrated to the U.S. with her husband, Goran Gajic, in November 1991, due to the intolerable political circumstances in her homeland. Ms. Furlan starred in the Warner Brothers TV-series Babylon 5 (1994) as "Ambassador Delenn" (Sci-Fi Universe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre TV-series 1996 and 1997).

Her other American credits include the TV-movie My Antonia (1995) directed by Joseph Sargent, the title roles in "Sophocles Antigone" at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles (Dramalogue Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance in 1995) and Lorca's "Yerma" at The Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also appeared in Brecht's "Baal" at The Second Stage in Los Angeles and Shaw's "Don Juan In Hell" in which she co-starred with Edward Asner and Rene Auberjonois. Ms. Furlan is a member of The Actor's Studio.

Ms. Furlan's film credits include leading roles in over 25 films. She co-starred in Emir Kusturica's Cannes award-winning and Oscar-nominated film When Father Was Away On Business (2000). Films include: Three For Happiness, (Grand Prix, Valencia Film Festival), Beauty Of Vice, In The Jaws Of Life, The Loves Of Blanka Kolak, Dear Video etc. In addition, Ms Furlan has appeared regularly on Yugoslav Television, playing leading roles in numerous series and TV-films. She has received all the highest awards in her former country, both for her stage and film work, including two Golden Arenas (Yugoslav Oscars) for Best Actress.

In the former Yugoslavia, Mira was a member of the Croatian National Theatre and a frequent guest star at major theatres in the whole country. Favorite roles include: "Natalya" in "A Month In The Country", "Mrs. Elliot" in "Alpha-Beta", "Celimene" in "The Misanthrope", "Judith" in "The Devil's Disciple", "Annabella" in "Tis Pity She's A Whore", the title role in Euripides' "Helen", "Lea" in "Dybbuk", "Isabelle" in Corneille's "L'Illusion Comique", "Yvette" in "Mother Courage", "Natasha" in "Three Sisters" and "Ophelia" in 'Jiri Menzel''s production of "Hamlet".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: vlivius@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Goran Gajic (? - present) (1 child)

Trivia (18)

Described as Yugoslavia's answer to Meryl Streep.
Son born 15 December 1998, in Los Angeles, named Marko Lav Gajic
1990 - "Dubravko Dujsin" Theater Award - for the role of "Natalya Petrovna" in the Croatian National Theatre production of Turgenev's "A Month in the Country".
1995 Dramalogue Theater Award, Los Angeles - Best Actress - "Antigone"
1996 - Sci-Fi Universe Readers Choice Awards, for best supporting actress in a genre television series, telefilm or miniseries - for the role of "Delenn" on Babylon 5.
1997 - Sci-Fi Universe Readers Choice Awards, for best supporting actress in a genre television series, telefilm or miniseries - for the role of "Delenn" on Babylon 5.
After an exile of some eleven years, she returned to the stage in Croatia to perform the title role in Euripides "Medea" during the summers of 2002 and 2003 with Rade Sebedzija's Ulysses Theatre Company on the island of Mali Brijuni
1978 - Theatre Critics Award - Best Actress for the role of "Mrs Elliot" in the ITD Theatre's (Zagreb) production of Whitehead's "Alpha-Beta".
1979 - Theatre Critics Award - Best Actress for the role of "Petruniella" in the Croatian National Theatre's production of Drzic's "Dundo Maroje
1982 - Zlatna Arena (Golden Arena), Pula - Best Supporting Actress for the role of "Enka" in "Kiklop" ("Cyclops")
1986 - Zlatna Arena (Golden Arena), Pula - Best Actress for the role of "Jaglika" in "Lepota poroka" ("The Beauty of Vice")
She occasionally writes a column for Croatian magazine Feral Tribune.
Ranked #9 in Croatian-based monthly film magazine "Hollywood" in «Best Croatian Female Movie Stars of All Time» list. (November 2005)
1985 - President of the Jury, Valencia Film Festival.
Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb.
Because of the prosthetic makeup she wore on her upper brow while playing "Delenn" on Babylon 5 (1994), she cannot have her picture taken using flash photography, because her eyes tear up.
Ranked #1 in Croatian Internet T portal Magazine's "Top 15 Most Beautiful Croatian Female Actresses of All time" list. (March, 2011).
While filming the Babylon 5 episode Atonement, had such a severe reaction to the dry ice being used that her stand-in had to be employed for several shots in which Delenn was then shot from behind.

Personal Quotes (3)

Babylon 5 is definitely not a fantasy. It is a show that constantly refers to sociological, political, and psychological facts of our present life, and it is that which makes it so valuable, I think.
Ambassador Delenn is an extraordinary character. She combines so many different traits. She's tough, but vulnerable... She's strong, but feminine... She's a pacifist, but can be militaristic... She has depth and spirituality, but can be funny and light at times... So yes, I think she's a great role model - not only for women - but for everyone.
In those moments when I entered the stage, trembling with stage fright and excitement, under those spotlights, I felt that I'd found the one thing that I wanted to do in my life. Nothing could match that flow of adrenaline.

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