|Birth name||Olivera Petrović|
|Also known as||Olivera Vučo, Olivera Šakić|
5 March 1940 |
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Genres||Serbian traditional, folk, chanson, Gypsy, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Actress, singer, writer|
|Labels||PGP-RTB, PGP-RTS, Jugoton, Supraphon|
Olivera Katarina (Serbian: Оливера Катарина; née Petrović (Петровић); born 5 March 1940), also previously known as Olivera Vučo (Оливера Вучо) and Olivera Šakić (Оливера Шакић), is a Serbian actress, singer and writer. She was one of the leading stars of Yugoslav cinema in the 1960s and the 1970s, and is probably the best known for her performance in Aleksandar Petrović's film I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967), which won the Grand Prix at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.
As a singer, Olivera Katarina has performed music of various genres, varying from Serbian traditional to pop music, and in numerous languages. Her version of "Đelem, đelem", which she performed in I Even Met Happy Gypsies, has been considered as one of the best rendition of that song ever recorded.
Olivera Katarina was born Olivera Petrović to father Budimir, a naval captain, and mother Katarina (née Jovančić) on 5 March 1940 in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. She adopted Olivera Katarina in 1969 to honour her mother, who had died on 4 January 1969. She spent her childhood in Belgrade, Dobanovci and Valjevo.
As a child, Olivera Katarina attended piano and ballet lessons. In 1959, she went to Paris and enrolled the Alliance Française school in order to improve her French language skills. Olivera Katarina initially enrolled the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law before switching to the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. Among her mates at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts were Milena Dravić and Petar Kralj.
She studied at the academy for theatre, film, radio and television in Belgrade. Started her career as a student with a major role as Koštana in a same name play in a National Theatre in Belgrade. There she met Vuk Vučo, a theatre critic whom she later married.
For a role in Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment in 1971 (as Olivera Katarina), she was awarded at festivals in Moscow and Venice. Her major success was in Aleksandar Petrović's I Even Met Happy Gypsies, where she played a gipsy singer named Lenče. Film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards, for a Palme d'Or at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, and for Best Foreign-Language film at the 26th Golden Globe Awards. It won the FIPRESCI Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. Olivera closed this festival with a concert together with Nana Mouskouri and Dionne Warwick.
She also had a very prominent singing career. She recorded in Serbian language, as well as in Russian, Japanese, Romanian, Greek, Romani, and Indonesian. She sang traditional Serbian folk songs and Gypsy/Romani songs. In famous Paris Olympia she held 72 consecutive concerts.
In 1969, she participated in the national choice to represent Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 with the song "Poigraj, poigraj, devojče".
In her early youth Olivera Katarina dated water polo goalkeeper Milan Muškatirović for several years during the late 1950s.
During her time at the film academy she met journalist Vuk Vučo and quickly married him. The marriage lasted only a year and a half.
In 1970, Olivera Katarina married Miladin Šakić, an administrator who later became the president of the Red Star Belgrade football club, with then Mayor of Belgrade Branko Pešić as Šakić's best man. The couple's only son Mane, a painter based in Madrid, was born on 1 February 1971. Later in 1971, Šakić died in a car accident near Mladenovac. In an interview for the Blic daily in 2011, Olivera Katarina claimed she had not been in a relationship with a man after Šakić.
|Belo u belom||1964||Unknown||Television film|
|One i on||1964||Unknown||Television film|
|Put oko sveta||1964||Rebeka|
|Akcija inspektora Rukavine||1965||Unknown||Television film|
|Sigurno je sigurno||1965||Unknown||Television film|
|Ponoćni gost||1965||Unknown||Television film|
|Monday or Tuesday
Ponedeljak ili utorak
|Kiss Kiss Kill Kill
Kommissar X – Jagd auf Unbekannt
|I Even Met Happy Gypsies
|Mountain of Wrath
|Ima ljubavi, nema ljubavi||1968||Unknown|
|Comandamenti per un gangster||1968||Unknown|
|Do Not Mention the Cause of Death
Uzrok smrti ne pominjati
|Fräulein Doktor||1968||Marchioness de Haro|
|Wien nach Noten||1969||Unknown||Television film|
|1970||Milanka||Filmed in 1966|
|Mark of the Devil
Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält
|Ann and Eve
Ann och Eve – de erotiska
|A Big Grey-Blue Bird
Ein großer graublauer Vogel
|Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment
Goya – oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis
|1971||The Duchess of Alba|
|Devičanska svirka||1973||Sibila||Television film|
|The Dervish and Death
Derviš i smrt
|1974||Mila||Also known as Tactical Guerrilla|
|1974||Mila||TV miniseries adapted from the film|
|Zarudela zora na Moravi||1978||Woman||Television short film|
|Sedam plus sedam||1979||Olivera||Television series|
|Jelena Gavanski||1982||Lina||Television film|
|Vuk Karadžić||1987||Eustahija Radovanović||TV series|
|Tears for Sale
Čarlston za Ognjenku
- Olivera Katarina (1974)
- Alaj mi je večeras po volji (1974)
- O. K. (U ime ljubavi) (1976)
- Ciganske pesme (1977)
- Osvetnica (1979)
- Zarudela zora na Moravi (1980)
- Idu momci u vojnike (1982)
- Retka zverka (1984)
- Romanija/Pleme moje... (1999)
- Tajna (2009)
- Alaj mi je večeras po volji – Najlepše pesme (1999)
- "Nije to, ljudi, istina" / "Šošana" / "'Ajde da igramo" / "Ne dam, ne dam" (1966)
- "Ja ništa ne znam" / "Bosonoga Sendi (Marioneta)" / "Moj je ceo svet (Uno Tranquillo)" / "A Man and a Woman Theme Song" (1967)
- "Neću tebe (Doksa to teo)" / "Suliram" / "Svu noć je padao sneg" / "Jer ljubav to je miris belog cveća" (1967)
- "Đelem, đelem" / "Rino" / "Trajo, trajo" / "Bida" / "Niška Banja" / "Čerde Mile" (1967)
- "Balade" (1968)
- "Poigraj, poigraj, devojče" (1969)
- "Himna čoveku" (1969)
- "Šu, šu" / "Tula" / "Baš sam srećna ja (La felicidad)" / "Eri (Irene Erini)" (1969)
- "Ža, ža" / "Lidu, lidu" / "Verka kaluđerka" / "Kaljina, maljina" (1969)
- "To je naše more, to su naše gore..." (1971)
- "Vatra" / "Ljubav" (1971)
- "Budi moj" / "Imam nešto da ti dam" (1971)
- "Tam deka ima" / "Dimitrijo" (1971)
- "Treperi jedno veče" / "Htela bih da znam" (1972)
- "Wakamono ha kaeranakatta" / "Koi ha..." (1973)
- "Alba" / "Plovi lađa Dunavom" (1973)
- "Ne dodiruj moje lice" / "Ne reci nikom" (1974)
- "Pričaj mi o ljubavi" / "Pada noć" (1974)
- "Alaj mi je večeras po volji" / "Kamerav" / "Čep, čep u slavinu" / "Verka kaluđerka" (1975)
- "Žena" / "Sada i nikada više" (1975)
- "Sanjam" / "Bilo je tako lepo sve" (1976)
- "Crvena jabuka" / "Sijerinska banja" (1977)
- "Nikad ne zaboravi dane naše ljubavi" / "Slatke male laži" (1979)
- Beli badnjaci (White Yules)
- Aristokratsko stopalo (Aristocratic Foot)
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