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Mira Furlan
Croatian actress and singer

Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan
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Intro Croatian actress and singer
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Singer
From Serbia Croatia
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 7 September 1955, Zagreb, Croatia
Death 20 January 2021, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 65 years)
Star sign Virgo
Spouse: Goran Gajić
Height: 1.6764 m
Academy of Dramatic Art
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Mira Furlan (7 September 1955 – 20 January 2021) was a Croatian actress and singer. Internationally, she is best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on 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

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, and a father of Slovene–Croat heritage.

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.

Furlan became a member of the Actors Studio in 1992 after moving to New York City to flee turmoil in Yugoslavia. Later that year, her theater contacts in the U.S. helped her get the necessary work permits to perform with the Indiana Repertory Theatre as the lead role in Yerma.

She appeared on the stage in New York City and Los Angeles. She played the central ensemble role of Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all five seasons of Babylon 5, and some of the associated TV movies. Between 2004 and 2010 she played the recurring role of Danielle Rousseau on Lost. In 2009, she appeared on an episode of NCIS, titled "South By Southwest".

In 2002, she returned to Croatia after eleven years to take the lead role in Rade Šerbedžija's Ulysses Theatre Company's production of Euripides' Medea.


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.


Furlan wrote the play Until Death Do Us Part (Croatian: Dok nas smrt ne razdvoji), which is set in 1970s Zagreb. A collection of her columns in the now-defunct Croatian magazine Feral Tribune was published as the book Totalna rasprodaja in 2010.

Personal life

Furlan's husband was director Goran Gajić, who is an ethnic Serb. He directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and 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.

She died on 20 January 2021, aged 65.


  • 1982 Pula Film Festival Golden Arena award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Cyclops.
  • 1986 Pula Film Festival Golden Arena award for Best Actress in The Beauty of Vice.
  • 1990 Dubravko Dujšin Award [hr]
  • 2013 Balkan New Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actress in The Abandoned.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes Ref
1985 Horvatov izbor Eva Horvatek
1985 When Father Was Away on Business Ankica Vidmar
1986 The Beauty of Vice Jaglika
1988 Braća po materi Vranka
2008 The Tour Sonja
2010 Cirkus Columbia Lucija
2010 The Abandoned Cica
2013 Twice Born Velida
2014 With Mom Jasna
2021 SAVA Voice of Sava
Year Title Role Notes Ref
1990–1991 Bolji život Finka Pašalić
1993–1998 Babylon 5 Delenn
1997 Spider-Man Silver Sable voice
2004–2010 Lost Danielle Rousseau Recurring Role (Season 1–4)
Guest (Season 6): 22 episodes
2008 Vratiće se rode Jagoda
2009 NCIS Dina Risi "South by Southwest", Season 6, Episode 17
2016 Just Add Magic The Traveller "Just Add Mamma P", Season 1, Episode 7
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Payday 2 The Butcher Voice and likeness, also appeared in live action trailer
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 22 Jan 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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