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Date of Birth 1941Dubrava kraj Zagreba, Croatia/Hrvatska
Birth NameOlga Palinkas

Mini Bio (1)

Oja Kodar was born in 1941 in Dubrava kraj Zagreba, Croatia/Hrvatska as Olga Palinkas. She is an actress and writer, known for F for Fake (1973), Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (1995) and Orson Welles' The Dreamers (1982).

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Orson Welles and Oja (real name: Olga Palinkas) met in Zagreb in 1962 while he was making a film (The Trial (1962)). He reportedly wrote a letter to her which he never gave but kept in his pocket until they met again in 1966. They immediately began their relationship.
Hers and Welles' first project together, which began filming in 1967, was The Deep (1970) starring Jeanne Moreau and Laurence Harvey. It was abandoned in 1969 and left unfinished - one of the couple's many projects that fell through.
Around 1969, in a Charles Foster Kane/Susan Alexander like move, Welles renamed Olga "Oja Kodar" and started building her up Svengali-style to become a big star. As in Citizen Kane (1941), it didn't work.
In 1970, an Italian newspaper published an exposé of Welles' affair with Oja. Welles, who was editing the movie Don Quixote (1992) for more than a year with editor Mauro Bonanni, angrily left Italy forever to return to America, and Quixote was never finished.
Oja never became the fourth Mrs. Welles. A year after Orson's death, the third Mrs. Welles (actress Paola Mori) and Oja finally agreed on the settling of his will. On the way to their meeting to sign the papers, however, Mrs. Welles was killed in a car accident. Subsequently, Oja reached an agreement with Beatrice Welles, daughter of Mori and Welles.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1991.

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