Milla Jovovich

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Milla Jovovich

Militza Natasha Jovovich a.k.a. Milla Jovovich (born December 17, 1975) was born in Kiev, Ukraine to a Serbian father Bogić Jovović and Russian mother Galina Loginova Jovović. She is an actress, musician and model (frequently referred to as a supermodel). Her last name is pronounced "yo-vo-vitch".

Milla's family is Montenegrin in origin, their estate being at Metohija in Zlopek near Peć. Her great-grandfather Bogić Camić Jovović was flag-bearer of the Vasojevići tribe and officer of the guard of the King Nicholas I of Montenegro; his wife's name was also Militza. Her grandfather Bogdan Jovović was commander of the Pristina military area and later led finances in military areas of Skoplje and Sarajevo where he uncovered massive gold embezzlement; refusing to convict his friend for that, he was punished. Later, the communist government imprisoned him on Goli Otok. When he feared that he could be arrested again, he escaped to Albania and later came to the Soviet Union, in Kiev. Bogić, Milla's father, later joined him in Kiev where he and his sister graduated in medicine.[1] (http://arhiva.glas-javnosti.co.yu/arhiva/2000/07/18/srpski/F00071702.shtm)

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Milla Jovovich in the first Resident Evil film.

The Jovovićs later moved to London and in 1981, when Milla was five years old, to Sacramento, California; just seven months later they settled in Los Angeles, California. She has done extensive modeling since she was eleven years old. She speaks Serbian, Russian, French and English fluently.

She became a film actress in the late 1980s as a teenager and gained popularity through her appearance in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) which led to inevitable comparisons between her and another child model-turned-actress, Brooke Shields (who had starred in The Blue Lagoon 11 years earlier). Most of her early appearances were in supporting or cameo roles, but by the late 1990s she was receiving top billing and entered the world of action heroes with her performances in two films based upon the video game series, Resident Evil.

In 1994, Jovovich, billed under her first name, Milla, released her critically acclaimed first musical album, The Divine Comedy. Featuring many original songs, the album led to comparisons with Tori Amos and Kate Bush, though Jovovich has of late concentrated more on her acting than her musical career, and has appeared on The Crystal Method album Legion of boom.

Milla married Shawn Andrews in 1992 during the filming of Dazed and Confused; the marriage was annulled soon after. She later married The Fifth Element director Luc Besson in 1997. They have since divorced. She is currently engaged to director Paul W. S. Anderson though recent reports are that this relationship has also broken down.

Partial filmography

Discography

  • The Divine Comedy - released April 1994 (single: "Gentleman Who Fell")
  • The Peopletree Sessions - unauthorized 1998 release that still turns up with Amazon and other retailers
  • The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Hollywood Goes Wild benefit compilation - "On the Hill" by her band, Plastic Has Memory

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