Serbian movie star Milena Dravic dies at age 78

A major star in the European film industry passed away at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness.

Milena Dravic, a movie icon in Serbia and the Balkans region, died in the city of Belgrade in the early morning hours of Oct. 14.

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty reported that Dravic was the star of more than 150 movies and TV series during her career, which began when she was still in high school in 1959.

Film and TV star

Dravic was most often portrayed as a strong and independent woman in numerous dramas and romantic comedies over the years.

She also starred in a number of TV series that were quite popular in the Balkans region.

One of those TV series featured Dravic alongside her third husband, popular Serbian actor Dragan Nikolic, in a show known as Obraz Uz Obraz in the 1970s.

Award winner

Dravic earned the Yugoslavian equivalent of an Oscar award for best actress in 1962 for her role in a film titled Overcrowded, and won several other awards over the years as well.

Those awards included at least one that granted Dravic international fame, when she was the joint winner of the best supporting actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980 for her role in a film titled Special Treatment.

All of the honors she had received culminated in her being awarded the prestigious Pavle Vujisic Award in 1994 for her many contributions to Serbian and Yugoslavian cinema.

Late in her life, Dravic received a special lifetime achievement award in Belgrade that celebrated her lengthy list of credits.

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It is unclear exactly what illness Dravic was battling prior to her death.

Regardless, Dravic no doubt influenced the lives of countless family members, friends, and fans over the years, and will most certainly be missed by those who knew and loved her.

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