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Ilona Massey (1910–1974)

Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning roles at the Staats Opera. A Broadway, radio and night-club... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1959 Jet Over the Atlantic
Mme. Galli-Cazetti
 1954 The Ilona Massey Show (TV Series)
Host (1954-55)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1952 Rendezvous (TV Series)
Nightclub Owner (1952)
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
- The Liar (1952)
 1951 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- The Third Time (1951)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Malvern
- Purple and Fine Linen (1951) ... Lady Malvern
 1950 The Magnavox Theatre (TV Series)
 1947 Northwest Outpost
Natalia Alanova
 1946 Holiday in Mexico
Countess Toni Karpathy
 1941 New Wine
Anna
 1939 Balalaika
Lydia Pavlovna Marakova
 1937 Rosalie
Brenda
 1935 Zirkus Saran
Eine Sängerin (as Ilona von Hajmassy)
 1935 Heaven on Earth
Operettendiva Fioritta (as Ilona von Hajmassy)
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Show Show Self (7 credits)
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Other Works:

Broadway: "Ziegfeld Follies of 1943". Directed by John Murray Anderson. Winter Garden Theatre (moved to The Imperial Theatre from 25 Jan 1944 to close); 553 performances. Cast included Ilona Massey as "Thirty-Five Summers Ago" Singer/"Love Songs are Made in the Night" Singer/Gertrude Olsen/Loves-A-Poppin'/Michala Carmen in Zoot/"Hindu ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ilona von Hajmassy
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Personal Quote:

My salvation is that I have known misery and hunger. In my youth in Budapest I didn't know the taste of meat until I was 7 years old. That's how poor my family was. If I'm well fed, well-dressed and have a home, what else is there for me to want?

Trivia:

During the tabloid feud between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Ms. Massey was tried out as Eddy's co-star in a couple of musical films. The public was not receptive to it. Most people thought Jeanette and Nelson were married in real life and viewed this new pairing as tantamount to adultery. See more »

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