Olivera Vučo

Olivera Vučo

Olivera Vučo, née Vukotić, (Serbian Cyrillic: Оливера Вучо, née Вукотић), also known as Olivera Katarina and Olivera Petrović born on March 5, 1940, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, now Serbia is an actress and singer from Serbia, very popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

She studied at the academy for theatre, film, radio and television in Belgrade. Started her career as a student with a major role as Koštana in a same name play in a National Theatre in Belgrade. There she met Vuk Vučo, a theatre critic whom she later married.

For a role in Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis in 1971 (as Olivera Katarina), she was awarded at festivals in Moscow and Venice. Her major success was in Aleksandar Petrović's I Even Met Happy Gypsies, where she played a gipsy singer named Lenče. Film was nominated for the 1968 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, for a Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, and for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film at the 1969 Golden Globes. It won the FIPRESCI Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. Olivera closed this festival with a concert together with Nana Mouskouri and Dionne Warwick.

She also had a very prominent singing career. She recorded in Serbian language, as well as in Russian, Greek, Romani, Indonesian. She sang traditional Serbian folk songs and Gypsy/Romani songs. In famous Paris Olympia she held 72 consecutive concerts.

Most recently Olivera sang a couple of songs for Marina Abramović's Balkan Erotic Epic. After almost 20 years Olivera is filming again. She plays a goddess in 2007 Uroš Stojanović's film Čarlston za Ognjenku.

She has one son Mane with late husband Miladin šakić. Mane is a painter and lives in Madrid.

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