Mira Furlan

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9/7/1955, Zagreb, Croatia (ex Yugoslavia)

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  • Mira Furlan was born in Yugoslavia, and became one of that nation's leading actresses in stage, film, and television. She was called "the Meryl Streep of Yugoslavia". During the Wars of Yugoslavian Succession, she, born in Zagreb and married to a Serb (director Goran Gajic), did her best to oppose a war in which neighbors were killing each other, and, in her professional life, to ignore it, appearing in theatre productions in both Zagreb and Belgrade. The result was a terrible media campaign to vilify her, culminating in repeated death threats. In 1991 she and her husband came to the USA as refugees. After a little television and theatre work, she was cast in the role of Ambassador Delenn in "Babylon 5" in 1992. Soon after "Babylon 5" ended production in 1998, she and her husband became the parents of Marko. In 2002 through 2005, she returned to Croatia to perform in a production of "Medea" with the Ulysses Theatre Company on the island of Mali Brijuni. In 2004, she made her return to Belgrade to film a movie entitled "Disi duboko". But she now regards herself as an American whose "old country" was Yugoslavia, a nation that no longer exists.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Mira Furlan



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    Zagreb, Croatia (ex Yugoslavia)

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    Mira Furlan

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    • Mira: (on working with her husband) A couple of months ago we finished a play, we did a play together. He directed and I acted and we kind of connected it with the war in the former Yugoslavia. It was a very, very interesting experience, working together. But before that, in Yugoslavia we did a movie together. And we are planning, we are trying to do his movie. But you know how frustrating that whole process is.

    • Mira: (answering if she always wanted to be an actress) Oh, I don't know, I wanted to be many things. I wanted to study languages, actually and that's what I did. I did that parallel to the Academy of Theatre and Film where I went to high school. I had a lot of various interests, but languages are my other interest.

    • Mira: 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.

    • Mira Furlan: 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.

    • Mira Furlan: 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.

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    • Mira has been credited in over 25 different films with the lead role.

    • Mira born on the exact same day as fellow "lost" cast member Michael Emerson.

    • Mira was ranked 9th in all time best female Croatian actresses, in a Croatian entertainment magazine.

    • Mira is often referred to as Yugoslavia's answer to Meryl Streep.

    • In November 2005 Mira was ranked #9 in Croatian-based monthly film magazine "Hollywood" in the Best Croatian Female Movie Stars of All Time list.

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