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Milena Dravić in 1969
5 October 1940
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Spouse(s)||Kokan Rakonjac (?-1969)
Puriša Đorđević (?-?)
Dragan Nikolić (1972-2016)
Born in Belgrade, Dravić was involved with the performing arts from the age of four: at first with dance and later classical ballet. In 1959, while in high school, director František Čap saw her 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.
Milena Dravić's career has been 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.
On 15 December she was honored with the prestigious Dobričin prsten lifetime achievement award in Belgrade for her rich career and achievements.
- The First Fires (1961)
- Kozara (1962)
- Destination Death (1964)
- Man is Not a Bird (1965)
- The Camp Followers (1965)
- Looking Into the Eyes of the Sun (1966)
- Rondo (1966)
- The Battle of Neretva (1969)
- Touha zvaná Anada (1969)
- W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
- The Role of My Family in the Revolution (1971)
- The Battle of Sutjeska (1973)
- Acting Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja (1974)
- Special Treatment (1980)
- Three Summer Days (1997)
- Cabaret Balkan (1998)
- Sky Hook (1999)
- Love and Other Crimes (2008)
- St. George Shoots the Dragon (2009)
Milena Dravić has been married three times. Her latest husband was Dragan Nikolić, a Serbian actor with whom she had co-hosted the popular 1970s television program Obraz uz obraz.
- Milena Dravić on IMDb
- Complete filmography at the Complete Index to World Film
- Dean Sinovčić (3 March 2008). "Milena Dravić - novi uzlet srpske glumačke zvijezde" [Milena Dravić - New rise of Serbian star actress] (in Croatian). Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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