The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club
Rest in Peace, Mira Furlan
Mira Furlan, the Actress best known for her roles in Babylon 5 and Lost, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from complications due to the West Nile Virus. She was 65.
From 1993 to 1998, Ms. Furlan was one of the stars of “Babylon 5,” a space opera that followed the relationships, politics, interspecies tensions and galactic conflicts aboard a United Nations-type space station in the mid-23rd century. Her character, Ambassador Delenn, represented an alien race, the Minbari, on the space station.
Ms. Furlan twice won a Sci-Fi Universe Award for best supporting actress for her work on the show, which also starred Bruce Boxleitner and Stephen Furst. She appeared in all 111 episodes and in two “Babylon 5” TV movies.
From 2004 to 2010, she was seen in the recurring role of Danielle Rousseau, a scientist often referred to as just “the Frenchwoman,” on the popular ABC drama “Lost,” about a group of survivors stranded on a remote mysterious island after the crash of their jetliner, from 2004 through the show’s final season, in 2010.
Mira Furlan was born on Sept. 7, 1955, in Zagreb, Croatia, where she was a leading actress in theater, film and TV and was part of the Croatian National Theater.
Amid civil war in her homeland, she emigrated in 1991 to New York City with her husband, Goran Gajic, a writer and director. She lived in the city and worked as an actress until moving to Los Angeles for “Babylon 5.” In addition to her husband, she is survived by their son, Marko Lav Gajic.
Her other acting credits include appearances on “NCIS,” “Law & Order: LA” and more than 25 films. She most recently appeared in another science fiction series, “Space Command,” playing a former archaeologist.
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