Semka Sokolović-Bertok

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Semka Sokolović-Bertok
Born (1935-12-22)22 December 1935
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 4 March 2008(2008-03-04) (aged 72)
Zagreb, Croatia
Cause of death Internal bleeding caused by a stroke
Resting place Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb
Other names Semka Sokolović
Occupation Actress
Years active 1956–2008
Spouse(s) Mario Bertok

Semka Sokolović-Bertok (22 December 1935 – 4 March 2008) was a Bosnian actress. She also was a competitive chess player in her youth, winning the Croatian Chess Juniors Championship eight times.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sokolović was born into a Bosniak family in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her mother Abida was a seamstress.[2] Sokolović's older sister Badema (1929–1969) was a mezzo-soprano singer.[3]

In March 2008, Sokolović's son Mario Bertok announced her death from internal bleeding following a stroke. She was 72.[4]


In addition to her work at a theatre in Zagreb she appeared in numerous film roles. She made her film debut in 1956.[5] Among others, she performed in the 1967 TV film Kineski zid (an adaptation of the Max Frisch's play Die Chinesische Mauer). She also had a supporting role in La Corta delle bambole notte di vetro (1971, directed by Aldo Lado), starring Ingrid Thulin and Mario Adorf.

In the TV movie Roko i Cicibela (Roko and Cicibela, 1978, directed by Stipe Delić) she played the female lead role. Sokolović-Bertok also starred as a teacher in the satirical film Majstori, majstori! (1980, directed by Goran Marković). Her last film was Traktor, ljubezen in Rock'n'Roll (2008, directed by Branko Đurić). Her final film roles were in 2004's Days and Hours, directed by Pjer Žalica, and the 2006 film Grbavica, directed by Jasmila Žbanić.[6]


  1. ^ "Umrla Semka Sokolović-Bertok" (in Bosnian). 6 March 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Suze i smijeh za divu". Gloria. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Semka i Badema". Jutarnji. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Semka Sokolović-Bertok umrla od moždanog udara". 24 sata. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Preminula legendarna glumica Semka Sokolović-Bertok". Index. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Odlazak glumačke legende". Gloria. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 

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