Meera Furlan 7 September 1955 – 20 January 2021 was an actress and singer. Meera Farlan Internally, she is going for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador DeLeon in the science fiction television series Babylon 5 1993–198, and on Danielle Russo Lost. In addition, she appeared in several prestigious winning films such as When Father Was Away on Business and The Abandoned.
Furlan was born into an intellectual and academic family consisting of a large number of university professors in Zagreb, which was part of Yugoslavia at the time. She was born as a Croatian-Jewish mother, and father of Slovenian-Croatia heritage.
As a child, Furlan had a passion for American rock and roll music. She is interested in acting as a teenager.
Furlan graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and a university degree equivalent to a BFA in Thetre. In addition, he took language classes at the university in Zagreb, becoming fluent in English, German and French.
Furlan was a member of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb and frequently appeared on Yugoslav television and films.
She played the role of Ankita Widmer in the film When Father Was Away on Business, which won the Palme d’Or at the 1985 Cannes Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In the late 1980s, he performed in theater productions in both Zagreb and Belgrade.
Furlan became a member of Actors Studio in 1992 after moving to New York City to flee unrest in Yugoslavia.
Later that year, the U.S. His theater contacts in the US helped him obtain the necessary work permits to perform with the Indiana Repertory Theater as the lead role in Yerma.
She appeared on stage in New York City and Los Angeles. She played the central ensemble of Minbari Ambassador DeLeon for all five seasons of Babylon 5 and some allied TV films.
Furlan’s husband was director Goran Gajiv, an ethnic Serb. He directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and several plays, including the production of Sophocles Antigone.
Furlan was active in the Yugoslav feminist movement in the 1980s.
Twice a month in the late 1980s, Furlan made a three-hour ruckus between Zagreb and Belgrade, where her husband was based, to act in theater productions in both cities.
After the start of the Croatian War in 1991, he was fired by the Croatian National Theater for refusing to quit acting in a Belgrade theater production. An upcoming public smear campaign pitted her colleagues and friends against her as she received threatening messages on her answering machine. The pair finally left in November 1991, which they could take to New York City.
Furlan gave birth to the couple’s only child, Marco Love, in 1998.
He died on 20 January 2021, aged 65, due to unknown reason as of that date.
Meera Furlan: Babylon 5 and Lost actress dies at age 65
Babylon 5 and Lost actress Meera Furlan have died at the age of 65.
The Croatian played the character Misbader Delenn in the 1990s.
Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski described his “great sorrow”: “Our friends and comrades walked down the road where we cannot reach it.”
A message on Furlan’s Twitter account stated: “I see the stars. It’s a clear night and it seems to be near the Milky Way. I’ll be here soon.”
He died on Wednesday and the cause of his death has not been revealed. However, Straczynski said he “knew for some time that Meera’s health was failing”.
She continued: “We kept hoping that he would improve. Meera was a nice and kind woman, a talented talented artist, and a friend to everyone in the Babylon 5 cast and crew and we were all devastated by the news . ”
Furlan starred in all five seasons of Babylon 5 from 1994–1998, after which she gave birth to her only son, Marco Love, and released an album titled Movies Have Never Never Being Made.
Like a miracle ‘
Born in Zagreb, the actress appeared in the film Father Was Away on Business, which won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
She went to the US with her husband, director Goran Gajic, at the start of the war in former Yugoslavia in 1991.
“It was like starting all over, like someone took a big eraser and erased my life,” Furlan said in an interview with Daily Dragon Online in 2012.
“It was a strange feeling. But at the same time, we came to New York. I’ve always loved New York, and I’ve always thought it’s like living in the world. It’s the world, not just a city. But it’s everything is!
He said: “We had four suitcases. But then, somehow, there was an agent who wanted to send me – I didn’t have to sign, but just send me for testing purposes – send me some auditions. And among them There was a Babylonian 5. So it was like a miracle!
“The more I live here, the more it is clear to me what a miracle it was. I didn’t quite understand it in those days.”
He also wrote stage plays until the Death Do Us Part set in the 1970s in Zagreb.