Born 1943 in Belgrade, Serbia, former Yugoslav actress Beba Lončar had her acting break came with getting cast alongside another pair of first-time film performers—twenty-year-old Boris Dvornik and fifteen-year-old Dušica Žegarac—in France Štiglic’s Deveti krug, a Holocaust story produced by Jadran Film about a Jewish family from Zagreb that would go on to achieve notable critical success.
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Lončar appeared in 52 films between 1960 and 1982. Known for her film career during the 1960s and 1970s, she first became a star in native Yugoslavia before moving to Italy where she achieved considerable success.
Lončar was married to Croatian businessman and socialite Josip “Dikan” Radeljak. After giving birth for the first time at the age of 39, she decided to end her film career. Towards the late 1980s, the couple separated as Radeljak left Lončar for the younger actress Ena Begović. Following a bitter court battle, their divorce was finalized in 1994 with Radeljak getting the custody of their only son.
Despite not acting for almost 30 years, Lončar is still very much in demand by the Serbian and former Yugoslav media. However, she leads a very quiet, low-key life and rarely makes media appearances. Her latest one was for the 50th anniversary of the release of Ljubav i moda during June 2010.
Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Beba Lončar in the 1960s and 1970s.