Ivo Andric was a Yugoslav short story writer, poet, and novelist. Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature after the Nobel Committee chose him over writers like Robert Frost, E. M. Forster, John Steinbeck, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After receiving the award, Andric's works were translated into several languages as they found an international audience.
Đorđe Balašević was a Serbian singer-songwriter, poet, writer, and director. He is best remembered for writing Rani Mraz's popular song Count on Us, which is widely regarded as an anthem of an entire generation. Đorđe Balašević was also renowned for intertwining political commentaries into his performances and songs.
Nadja Regin was a Serbian actress who achieved international prominence during the 1960s by appearing in British television series like The Benny Hill Show, Maigret, and Danger Man. Regin is one of the few actresses to have played important roles in two James Bond films; From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Nadja Regin also had a prolific literary career.
Dobrica Cosic was a Yugoslav and Serbian political theorist, writer, and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the first President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 15 June 1992 to 1 June 1993. Dobrica Cosic also achieved popularity as a writer, winning prestigious awards such as the Medal of Pushkin and the NIN Award.
Danilo Kis was a Yugoslav short story writer, novelist, translator, and essayist. He also contributed as a writer for magazines like Vidici and worked as a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg. Many of his works, including a novel titled Peščanik for which he won the prestigious NIN Award, have been adapted into films and TV series.
Croatian chanson singer Arsen Dedić was also an award-winning poet. Born into a working-class family, he initially studied law, but soon dropped out to study music. He spent his final years in extreme pain due to a number of illnesses. He was against politics and was banned in various phases of his career.
Lazar Ristovski is a Serbian former actor, writer, director, and producer. During his illustrious career, Ristovski starred in more than 40 films, TV dramas, and TV series and performed around 4,000 times on stage. Lazar Ristovski has also appeared in English-language movies like Along the Roadside and Casino Royale.
The 2nd vice-president of Yugoslavia, Koca Popovic had also been a Communist volunteer at the Spanish Civil War. Remembered as the man who saved the Yugoslav People's Army, he also supported the Serbian rebels and was a pioneering figure of the Serbian Surrealist movement.
Eva Ras is a Serbian actress, painter, and writer. In addition to winning several prestigious awards for her acting skills, Ras has also received many awards for her literary work. In 2005, Eva Ras was honored with the Man Booker International People's Prize for her work Born Dead.