Olivera Vučo


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Olivera Vučo, née Vukotić, (Serbian Cyrillic: Оливера Вучо, née Вукотић), also known as Olivera Katarina and Olivera Petrović (born March 5, 1940 Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, nowSerbia) is a Serbian actress and singer. She reached the peak of her popularity 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 Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards, for a Palme d’Or at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, and for Best Foreign-Language film at the 26th Golden Globe Awards. 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, Japanese, Romanian, Greek, Romani, Macedonian and Indonesian. She sang traditionalSerbian folk songs and Gypsy/Romani songs. In famous Paris Olympia she held 72 consecutive concerts.

Olivera Katarina is also known as “the only woman Salvador Dalí knelt in front of”, being amazed by her beauty and voice, after her concert in Paris.

In 2007, Katarina contributed songs for Marina Abramović’s Balkan Erotic Epic, and portrays a goddess in Uroš Stojanović’s film Čarlston za Ognjenku.

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