Milena Govich

by stlucas on August 9, 2017

Milena Govich – The Cinema Society and Conde Nast Traveler Hosted a Screening of “Transsiberian” –  Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Milena Marija Govich

Place of Birth: Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 29, 1976

*Serbian (father)
*English, Scottish, possibly other (mother)

Milena Govich is an American actress, singer, dancer, and musician.

Milena is the daughter of Marilyn (Green) and Bruce Michael Govich. Her father was a first-generation American, of Serbian ancestry. Her mother has English, and is also said to have Scottish, roots. Milena’s aunt (father’s sister) is actress Milica Govich. Milena is married to writer, composer, and film producer David Cornue.

Milena’s paternal grandfather was Michael George Govich (the son of parents whose surnames were Gvoić and Trkulja). Michael was born in Yugoslavia (now Serbia).

Milena’s paternal grandmother was Mary Pavlovich (the daughter of Sam Pavlovich and Milica Busic). Mary was born in Yugoslavia (now Serbia).

Milena’s maternal grandfather was Jerl W. Green (the son of James “Jim” Monroe Green and Mary Etta Jackson).

Milena’s maternal grandmother was Velda Sue Parker (the daughter of William Franklin Parker and Ruby Christell Cearlock). Ruby was the daughter of William Alfred Cearlock and Appie Lee Price.

Sources: Milena’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Milena’s father –

Milena’s paternal grandparents, Michael George Govich and Mary Pavlovich, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Milena’s paternal grandmother, Mary (Pavlovich) Govich –

Obituary of Milena’s maternal great-aunt (maternal grandfather’s sister), Bertha Lee (Green) Monroe –

Obituary of Milena’s maternal grandmother, Velda Sue (Parker) Green –


Dick Durock

by bablah on June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Durock

Place of Birth: South Bend, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 18, 1937

Place of Death: Oak Park, California, U.S.

Date of Death: September 17, 2009

Ethnicity: Serbian

Dick Durock was an american actor. He is known for his portrayal of Swamp Thing. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Serbian parents, Sadie (Medich) and David Durock.

Sources: Dick Durock on the 1940 U.S. census –

Obituary of Dick Durock –


Peter Bogdanovich

by stlucas on May 28, 2017

Birth Name: Petar Bogdanović

Place of Birth: Kingston, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 30, 1939

*Serbian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian.

Peter is the son of Herma (Robinsohn/Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich.

Peter’s father was an Orthodox Christian artist from Yuma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Peter’s mother was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family, and later moved to Croatia.

Peter’s paternal grandparents were Antonije Bogdanović and Mara.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Heinrich “Henry” Robinsohn/Robinson (the son of Schmuel Robinson and Taube Weisenfreund). Heinrich was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Rudolfine “Finny” Zwilling (the daughter of Hersch Leib/Hermann Zwilling and Anna Chane Reiza Schmidt). Rudolfine was born in Vienna, Austria, to a father from Lviv, Ukraine, and a mother from Warka, Poland. Hermann was the son of Moses Israel Zwilling and Malie Rize Pordes. Anna Chane was the daughter of Mendel Schmidt and Rechel Moskowicz.

Source: Genealogy of Peter Bogdanovich –

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Bojana Novaković

by stlucas on May 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Belgrade, Serbia)

Date of Birth: July 12, 1981

Ethnicity: Serbian

Bojana Novaković is a Serbian-born Australian actress.

Bojana is the daughter of Biljana and Radovan Novaković, who are Serbian. She has a sister, Valentina, who is also an actress. The family moved to Australia when Bojana was seven years old.

Bojana’s parents are pictured here.


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Laura Benanti

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Birth Name: Laura Ilene Vidnovic

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 15, 1979

Ethnicity: Serbian, German, English, Irish

Laura Benanti is an American actress and singer.

Laura is the daughter of Linda (Wonneberger) and Martin Vidnovic. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Salvatore Benanti, in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Laura’s father has Serbian ancestry. Laura’s mother is of half German descent, and also has English and Irish ancestry. Laura is also said to have Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Laura’s paternal grandparents were Burke Vidnovic (the son of Božo Vidnjević/Vidnovic and Smilyna/Cecilia Devic) and Marge/Mary M. Bozo and Smilyna were from Ponikve, Yugoslavia.

Laura’s maternal grandfather was William Karl Wonneberger (the son of Oswald Wonneberger and Louise). Oswald was born in Germany. Louise was born in New York, to parents from Germany.

Laura’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Ilene Jones (the daughter of Ertie Lee “Casey” Jones and Mary Elizabeth Byrne). Ertie was the son of William Fleming “Wild Bill” Jones and Mary Jane Norris.

Sources: Obituary of Laura’s uncle (father’s brother), Nicholas Charles Vidnovic –

Obituary os Laura’s great-uncle (paternal grandfather’s brother), Nick Vidnovic –

Obituary of Laura’s uncle (mother’s brother), Robert Karl Wonneberger –

Laura’s maternal grandfather, William Karl Wonneberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Laura’s mother, Linda Wonneberger (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Photo by kathclick/