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Milena Zupančič

Radko Polič, Milena Zupančič and Dušan Jovanović <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>

Radko Polič, Milena Zupančič and Dušan Jovanović Photo: Saša Huzjak

She grew up with her single mother. She has never met her father. She finished elementary school in the village Bohinjska Bela, near Bled, under the Alps. She used to take care of the cows at her family farm, and dance in a local folk dance ensemble. By the time she finished high school in Jesenice, she already knew she was going to become an actress. She had her debut in the student film Oxygen, but her real success came with two roles in Matjaz Klopcic films: as Presecnikova Meta in the film Blossoms in Autumn, and as Karolina Zasler in the film The Widowhood of Karolina Zasler. Those two roles turned her into the brightest star of the Slovenian cinema. In the course of more than forty years, she has played over 120 theatre roles of the heroines from the national and the international literary heritage, over thirty roles in films, and appeared in about ten TV-series.

She has been awarded with the most prestigious theatre and film prizes, among which are numerous Golden Arenas at the Pula Film Festival, three "Carica Teodora” awards, Borstnik Ring, and the biggest one – The Grand Prešern Award for the lifetime achievement in the development of Slovenian culture. She is a member of Ljubljana National Drama Theatre, the UNICEF ambassador for Western Balkans, and the councillor to the president of Slovenia Danilo Türk. She is still very careful in choosing her roles. Slovenian audience admires her as the icon of acting. Milena and Dusan Jovanovic have a daughter, Masa, who lives and works in New York. Milena visits her very often.

Milena Zupancic, who plays Milena in this performance, was married to the actor Radko Polic, who plays Radko in the performance. Then she left him for the playwright and the director Dusan Jovanovic, the author of the play "Boris, Milena, Radko”. Today, Milena and Radko are friends. Milena speaks highly of her ex-husband.

 

Here is a poem Dusan Jovanovic has dedicated to Milena:

SHE

She reads magazines and watches TV every evening
She never goes to bed before three after midnight
She winds up three alarm clocks to set off at eight and gets up at eleven
She always drinks her morning coffee from the same cup
She always instantly puts the toilet seat down
She wipes a dish as soon as it drains
She sweeps the terrace fouled by cats every day
She takes shower every morning
She fastens every Friday
She goes to the cemetery twice a week
She lights a candle to St. Anton sometimes
She makes apple vinegar every autumn
She cooks the same meal every Christmas Eve
She makes Szegedin Goulash on 1st November
She hangs out the flag on 1st of May
She never eats poultry
She throws a consecrated bouquet on the threshold to repel hail
She regularly attends partisan celebrations
She always exaggerates
She is always late
But I am used to her
Oh I wouldn’t change her for any other


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