Mira Furlan Wiki – Mira Furlan Biography
Mira Furlan was a Croatian actress and singer. Internationally, she was best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998), and as Danielle Rousseau on Lost, and also appeared in multiple award-winning films such as When Father Was Away on Business and The Abandoned.
As a child, Furlan was obsessed with American rock and roll music. She became interested in acting as a teenager.
Furlan graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and held a university degree, equivalent to a B.F.A., in theatre. Simultaneously, she took language classes at the university in Zagreb, becoming fluent in English, German, and French.
Furlan was a member of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and frequently appeared in Yugoslav television and films. She played Ankica Vidmar in the film When Father Was Away on Business, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In the late 1980s, she performed in theater productions in both Zagreb and Belgrade.
In the 1980s, Furlan briefly appeared as singer for Le Cinema, a spin-off from the rock band Film. In 1998, she released an album, Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made.
Mira Furlan Age
Mira Furlan was 65 years old.
Furlan’s husband was director Goran Gajić, who is an ethnic Serb. He directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and in several plays, including a production of Sophocles’ Antigone. Furlan was active in the Yugoslav feminist movement in the 1980s.
Twice a month during the late 1980s, Furlan made the three-hour commute between Zagreb and Belgrade, where her husband was based, to act in theater productions in both cities. After the Croatian War of Independence began in 1991, she was fired by the Croatian National Theater for refusing to quit acting in a Belgrade theater production. An ensuing public smear campaign turned her colleagues and friends against her as she received threatening messages on her answering machine. The couple finally left in November 1991 with what they could carry and moved to New York City.
Furlan gave birth to the couple’s only child, Marko Lav, in 1998.
Mira Furlan Cause of Death
Mira Furlan, known for her roles on “Lost” and “Babylon 5,” died at her Los Angeles home on Wednesday. She was 65. The cause of death was complications of the West Nile virus, Chris Roe, Furlan’s manager, told The New York Times.
Her family told the BBC the Croatian actress died on Wednesday due to complications with West Nile Virus.
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Mira Furlan” the statement read. She was a woman full of kindness, strength, and compassion. She died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by her family. We will all continue to celebrate her life and legacy, and know she’ll always be here with us.”
West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes in many countries, but not in the UK, according to the NHS website.
Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski described his “great sadness”, saying: “Our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her.”
A message on Furlan’s Twitter account, confirmed to be taken from the autobiography she was working on, read: “I look at the stars. It’s a clear night and the Milky Way seems so near. That’s where I’ll be going soon.”
Straczynski said he had “known for some time now that Mira’s health was failing”.
He continued: “We kept hoping that she would improve. Mira was a good and kind woman, a stunningly talented performer, and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of Babylon 5, and we are all devastated by the news.”