Mani Gotovac

Nov 12, 1939 - Nov 12, 2019(80)

You Can Do Without Letters

The story about a girl who was very determined to host a radio show. In spite of one unlucky letter.

Mani Gotovac, the eccentric diva of the Croatian theater, the first Croatian female intendant and a famous writer, had one flaw. She could not pronounce the letter "r" since she was a child.

Paragraph image 1321

At the beginning of her career, back in the sixties, Mani got a job at Radio Zagreb. She wrote theater reviews. The writers themselves usually read the reviews during the show's running. They did it for an extra fee. But not Mani. Poor Mani, for the life of her, could not pronounce the letter "r". This is why radio show producers refused to allow Mani to read her reviews on her own.

What they didn't know was, that Mani would eventually find a way to do what she wanted. In spite of everyone, she took a plastic tape and taped the letter "r" on her typewriter – a black Continental inherited from her mother.

Every time she touched that damned letter to write it, Mani stopped herself. She then tried to think of another word that didn't contain the letter she hated. During her career on the radio, Mani managed to write dozens of reviews, none of which contained a single word with the letter "r"! Producers, witnessing her determination, therefore had to allow her to read her reviews. And this is the story how Mani, thanks to her persistency, successfully established herself as a theater critic on that very same radio.

Tributes Wall

Share this Memorial

View Memorial Share via email

Share Memories

Enrich the memorial with you story.

Memory Guardian

Dino Jerković

Remind me

You will receive a memo on new stories and anniversaries.


Life is much more than names and dates written in a stone.

Life is about memorable stories your loved ones left behind. Preserve memories on the most beautiful, secure, and easy-to-use digital memory platform out there.

3000+ Memory Guardians
150+ positive 5.0★ reviews
Ensuring eternity through blockchain
Google Play StoreApple Store
Download mobile app
©2023 Spiritus Memoria. All rights reserved.