From Variety.com ...
Mira Furlan, 'Babylon 5' and 'Lost' Actress, Dies at 65
Mira Furlan, best known for her roles as Delenn on "Babylon 5"
and Danielle Rousseau on "Lost," died on Wednesday. She was 65.
Her Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, and
"Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski posted a tribute to
the actress later that night.
While a cause of death has yet not been revealed, Straczynski
said the cast and crew of "Babylon 5" had "known for some time
now that Mira's health was fading." "We kept hoping that she
would improve," he wrote. "In a group email sent to the cast a
while back, I heard that she might be improving."
However, Straczynski said he later got the call from "Babylon 5"
co-star Peter Jurasik that Furlan's husband, director Goran
Gajic, was "bringing her home."
"Mira was a good and kind woman, a stunningly talented
performer, and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of
'Babylon 5,' and we are all devastated by the news," he wrote.
"The cast members with whom she was especially close since the
show's end will need room to process this moment, so please be
gentle if they are unresponsive for a time. We have been down
this road too often, and it only gets harder."
Furlan was born in the former Yugoslavia, where she had a number
of stage roles and was part of the Croatian National Theatre,
and emigrated to the U.S. in 1991. She joined space opera
"Babylon 5" as Delenn, the Minbari ambassador to the titular
space station, in 1993, and would go on to star in the series
for its full five seasons. In 2004, she made her debut in ABC's
megahit "Lost" as Danielle Rousseau, a scientist who'd been
shipwrecked on the show's mysterious island 16 years before the
crash of the Oceanic Flight 815. She recurred throughout the
series over its next few seasons.
Furlan continued to act through last year, and racked up dozens
of credits across film and TV throughout her life. Her film
credits include Emir Kusturica's Oscar-nominated "When Father Was
Away on Business," "Beauty of Vice," "Three For Happiness" and
"In the Jaws of Life."
She is survived by Gajic and their son, Marko Lav Gajic.
All the legends are dropping like flies. I hope these new directors take lessons from these legendary actors now! The crap that we have now on television is intolerable!
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