Milena Dravić

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Milena Dravić
Милена Дравић
Milena Dravić in 1969.jpg
Milena Dravić in 1969
Native name
Милена Дравић
Milena Dravić

(1940-10-05)5 October 1940
Died14 October 2018(2018-10-14) (aged 78)
Belgrade, Serbia
Years active1958–2018
Puriša Đorđević
(m. 1960, divorced)

Kokan Rakonjac
(his death 1969)

Dragan Nikolić
(m. 1971; his death 2016)

Milena Dravić (pronounced [mîlena drǎːvitɕ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Милена Дравић; 5 October 1940 – 14 October 2018) was a Serbian film, television and theatre actress.


Born in Belgrade, Dravić was involved with the performing arts from the age of four: at first with dance and later classical ballet.[1] In 1959, while in high school, director František Čáp saw her[2] 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. She was recipient of five Silver arenas (for supporting actress roles) and 2 Golden arenas (for leading actress roles).[3]

Milena Dravić's career was 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.[4]

For her roles and contributions to domestic cinematography, she received the prestigious Pavle Vujisić Award in August 1994.[5]

On 15 December 2017 she was honored with the prestigious Dobričin prsten lifetime achievement award in Belgrade.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Milena Dravić was married three times. Her third husband was the prominent Serbian actor Dragan Nikolić, with whom she had co-hosted the popular 1970s television program Obraz uz obraz.


She died on 14 October 2018, after a long battle with illness.[7]


  1. ^ "Milena Dravić - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Polimac, Nenad (5 June 2010). "Povratak Františeka Čapa, prvog gay šikaniranog filmaša u Jugoslaviji". Jutarnji. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Milena Dravić - awards". Pula filmski festival. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Awards". Festival Cannes. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Marko Nikolić dobitnik "Pavle Vujisić"". Vreme. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ "(FOTO) Mileni Dravić dodeljen "Dobričin prsten"!". Republika. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Преминула Милена Дравић". (in Serbian). 14 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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