Mira Furlan

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Mira Furlan
Mira Furlan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Furlan at the Phoenix ComiCon in 2013
Born (1955-09-07) 7 September 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceLos Angeles
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse(s)Goran Gajić
Children1 (Marko, born 1998)
Websitewww.mirafurlan.net

Mira Furlan (born 7 September 1955) is a Croatian actress and singer. Internationally, she is best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on all five seasons of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–98), and as Danielle Rousseau on Lost. Also, she appeared in the multiple award-winning films such as When Father Was Away on Business and The Abandoned.

Early life[edit]

Furlan was born to an intellectual and academic family that included a large number of university professors in Zagreb, which was at that time part of Yugoslavia. She was born to a Croatian-Jewish mother,[1][2][3] and a father of Slovene-Croat heritage.

Career[edit]

Furlan graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and holds a university degree, equivalent to a B.F.A., in theatre.[2] She was a member of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and frequently appeared in Yugoslav television and films.[4]

In the 1980s, she briefly appeared as singer for Le Cinema, a spin-off from the rock band Film. She appeared on the stage in New York City and Los Angeles. She released an album, Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made. She played Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all five seasons of Babylon 5, and some of the associated TV movies. From 2004–10 she played Danielle Rousseau on Lost. In 2009, she appeared on an episode of NCIS, titled "South By Southwest".[4]

In 2002, she returned to Croatia after some eleven years to take the lead role in Rade Šerbedžija's Ulysses Theatre Company's production of Euripides' Medea.[5][4] A collection of her columns in the now-defunct Croatian magazine Feral Tribune was published as a book in 2010.[6]

Furlan wrote the play Until Death Do Us Part (Croatian: Dok nas smrt ne razdvoji), which is set in 1970s Zagreb.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Furlan's husband is director Goran Gajić,[4] who directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and several plays, including a production of Sophocles' Antigone.[8]

Furlan was active in the Yugoslav feminist movement in the 1980s.[5] In late 1991, she and her husband, who is an ethnic Serb,[2][3] emigrated from the former Yugoslavia to escape the warfare which resulted in the breakup of the country, with the attendant political turmoil and ethnic tensions.[5] Furlan gave birth to the couple's first child in 1998.[4]

Awards[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2014 With Mom Jasna
2013 Twice Born Velida
2010 The Abandoned Cica
2010 Cirkus Columbia Lucija
2008 The Tour Sonja
1988 Braća po materi Vranka
1986 The Beauty of Vice Jaglika
1985 When Father Was Away on Business Ankica Vidmar
1985 Horvatov izbor Eva Horvatek
TV
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Just Add Magic The Traveller "Just Add Mamma P", Season 1, Episode 7
2009 NCIS Dina Risi "South by Southwest", Season 6, Episode 17
2008 Vratiće se rode Jagoda
2004–2010 Lost Danielle Rousseau Recurring Role (Season 1–4)
Guest (Season 6): 22 episodes
1997 Spider-Man Silver Sable voice
1993–1998 Babylon 5 Delenn
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Payday 2 The Butcher Voice and likeness, also appeared in live action trailer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voices of Yugoslav Jewry". The case of Mira Furlan. Paul Benjamin Gordiejew. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c ""Lost" Actress Finds New Life in Hollywood". Hillel. April 10, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Celebrity Jews". Jweekly. February 24, 2006. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Biography for Mira Furlan". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Baric, Stephanie (September 12, 2016). "The Unregretted Decisions of Actor Mira Furlan". Lilith. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Derk, Denis (December 19, 2011). "Mira Furlan u Booksi predstavlja knjigu "Totalna rasprodaja"" [Mira Furlan in Booksi presents the book "Total Sale"]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Persic, Vinko (November 2, 2013). "Nisam prihvatila botoks i slične akcije ganjanja vječne mladosti" [I did not accept botox and similar actions of eternal youth]. Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Brandes, Philip (September 29, 1995). ""Antigone" Packs Contemporary Bite". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "29. Pulski Filmski Festival". Pula Film Festival (in Croatian). December 30, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "33. Pulski Filmski Festival". Pula Film Festival (in Croatian). December 30, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "BaNeFF 2013 Awards". Balkans New Film Festival. February 13, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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