One of the best-known Yugoslav sevdalinka and folk singers. She is particularly remembered for a hit song called "Å ta Ä‡e mi Å¾ivot."
She learned how to play the mandolin during her elementary school years. She later moved to Belgrade and formed a music duo with Toma Zdravković.
She was killed in a car accident when she was just thirty-seven years old.
Her marriage to tennis player Radmilo Armenuli produced a daughter.
Born Zilha Bajraktarevic, she chose the name Silvana in honor of actress Silvana Mangano.