She is born in Sipske, Moravice, Yugoslavia,
to a Turkish father and an Italian mother.
Her father will become the governor of the island
of Lastovo, in the Adriatic Sea; her brother,
a major in the Yugoslavian army.
|?||As a schoolgirl, she spends her summer vacations |
working on the railroad as some type of limited
|c. 49||Is a junior swimming champion at age 14 |
|?||Becomes a member of the |
Yugoslavian Olympic swimming team
|55||When the team competes in Austria, |
she refuses to return to her native country
|?||Makes a few movies in Austria |
|April 55||As Tanya Ivelya, she is a "Continental Beauty" |
in Esquire together with Mari Aldon,
Vera Molnar, and Jester Naefe
|?||Goes with her mother to America |
and seeks asylum in the States
/ enters America as a political refugee
with help of her American aunt,
after escaping from behind the Iron Curtain.
"She has been a professional architect, swimmer,
actress, fashion model and singer.
Her measurements are 36-22-36."
|November 55||Columnist Earl Wilson reports her to be |
Saga's "Girl of the Month."
She speaks six languages.
|?||Wins her movie contract two weeks |
after her arrival in Hollywood
|August 57||Is "Today's Bob Neal Item: |
The oil millionaire discovered her,
the Yugoslav Olympic star, who scrammed
the Iron Curtain for a Warner contract..."
|March 58||Is heralded the "Voom Girl" and selected as |
guest for the Naval Reserve Center's
opening at 12200 Sylvan Street, North Hollywood,
on March 28
|?||films Whiplash on location in Puerto Rico. |
During the trip, she's put in jail in Venezuela
because she has her picture taken beside
a statue of Simon Bolivar.
|February 59||Columnist Earl Wilson interviews her at |
New York's Essex House bar:
"I gave my mother a TV set and $300 for a
refrigerator when she was here.
My father is governor of the Island of Lastovo,
but he doesn't make much money.
When he met me in Paris, he was in a daze.
He didn't believe this world existed.
My mother I wanted to wear my mink.
She said no, just get her a little cloth coat.
She wasn't used to American drinks. Mostly slibovitz."
|?||returns from Cuba with a gift of an automatic rifle. |
She says the 30-caliber M1 carbine was given to
her on a recent vacation in Havana by Fidel Castro
"to use on Hollywood wolves."
|18 March 59||the rifle arouses the curiosity of the Hollywood police, |
who notify her that possession of the weapon is illegal
and firmly remove it from her apartment
|May 59||boards a French airliner at Idlewild Airport, New York, |
for Paris, en route to Vienna, Austria, to start work in a
new film, Olympia
|August 60||columnist Walter Winchell asks: "Is Joe Di Maggio |
planning a reprise with his used-to-be playmate,
lovely Tania Velia, now that she's a smash at the
|March 61||producers Griffith and Prince sign her to understudy |
the star in Kuprin
|July 61||leaps from song arranger Joe Sherman's smoking car |
just before it explodes. She receives only bruises.
|February 62||heralded a former "Miss Yugoslavia," she performs |
"songs in many languages" at the Three Saints
Restaurant, Liverpool, New York