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1. Zsa Zsa Gabor Zsa Zsa Gabor Actress, Moulin Rouge Undoubtedly the woman who had come to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career. It is unclear as to Zsa Zsa's birth year: sources vary from 1917 to 1919...
2. Harry Houdini Harry Houdini Actor, Haldane of the Secret Service The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five brothers and one daughter born to rabbi Samuel Weiss and his wife Cecilia...
3. Paul Lukas Paul Lukas Actor, The Lady Vanishes Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
4. Michael Curtiz Michael Curtiz Director, Casablanca Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
5. Magda Gabor Magda Gabor Self, The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor
6. Oscar Beregi Jr. Oscar Beregi Jr. Actor, Young Frankenstein Heavyweight Hungarian-born character actor Oscar Beregi Jr.'s best performances were on the small screen, usually as Germanic or Russian heavies. His stock-in-trade villainy was of a cultured or psychological, rather than physical nature, urbane and intellectual, yet inevitably sinister. His father...
7. Charles Vidor Charles Vidor Director, Gilda Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
8. Miklós Rózsa Miklós Rózsa Music Department, Ben-Hur 'Miklos Rozsa' studied the violin from the age of five. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1929, his violin concerto was performed there. While living in Paris from 1931, Rozsa had his 'Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song' and his 'Symphony and Serenade for Small Orchestra' performed...
9. Ilona Massey Ilona Massey Actress, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 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...
10. Zoltán Fábri Zoltán Fábri Director, The Fifth Seal He was born in 1917 and between the two World War he finished his primary and secondary school. After them he graduated in the College of Fine Arts, which helped him later to be a production-designer. He liked to learn and joined the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. He bacame a director and actor. In the beginning of his career he was a production-designer...
11. Laslo Benedek Laslo Benedek Director, The Wild One Laslo Benedek was brought to Hollywood from Hungary--where he had been a writer, editor and photographer--by MGM, and his first few films were undistinguished programmers. His third, however, was quite a bit better: Death of a Salesman, the screen version of Arthur Miller's classic play. Although trashed by critics at the time for...
12. Lili Darvas Lili Darvas Actress, Love Hungarian-born Lili Darvas (pronounced 'Darvash') was a major star first in Budapest, then on the German stage with Max Reinhardt's theatre company during the 1920's, touring Europe with plays by Goethe, Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Shaw. She received her education at the Budapest Lyceum and made her acting debut at the age of 20 as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"...
13. Paul Hörbiger Paul Hörbiger Actor, The Third Man
14. Mártha Eggerth Mártha Eggerth Actress, For Me and My Gal From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a surprise...
15. Ernest Laszlo Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer, Judgment at Nuremberg Ernest Laszlo, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer best known for his creative collaborations with directors Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kramer, was born on April 23, 1898, in Budapest, Hungary, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After emigrating to the US, he worked as a camera operator on Wings...
16. Ferenc Molnár Ferenc Molnár Writer, One, Two, Three
17. Ján Kadár Ján Kadár Director, The Shop on Main Street
18. Ladislao Vajda Ladislao Vajda Director, It Happened in Broad Daylight
19. Robert Capa Robert Capa Cinematographer, The 400 Million
20. Steve Sekely Steve Sekely Director, The Day of the Triffids
21. John Halas John Halas Producer, Animal Farm
22. Guy Deghy Guy Deghy Actor, Dark of the Sun
23. Pál Fejös Pál Fejös Director, Lonesome Budapest-born director Paul Fejos first called attention to himself in Kecskemét, Hungary, as a student actor. During World War I he was a soldier in the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after the war he became a student of chemistry. His artistic inclination, however, drew him to the scenery workshop of the local opera house...
24. Nicholas Bela Nicholas Bela Actor, Little Caesar
25. Miklós László Miklós László Writer, You've Got Mail
26. John H. Auer John H. Auer Producer, City That Never Sleeps Born in Hungary and educated in Vienna, John H. Auer was an actor in European films from the age of 12. After his career as a child actor ended, he entered the business world, but soon decided to rejoin the film industry. He journeyed to Hollywood in 1928 to find work as a director, but came up empty...
27. Barta Barri Barta Barri Actor, Red Sun
28. Éva Szörényi Éva Szörényi Actress, Mária növér
29. Joseph Kosma Joseph Kosma Composer, The Grand Illusion Joseph Kosma was born in Budapest. He took an interest in music at a very young age, writing an opera called "Noel dans les Tranchées" as a teenager. One of his greatest loves in Budapest was the music of Bela Bartok. Finding the political atmosphere to be more and more oppressive in Budapest, Kosma...
30. Márton Keleti Márton Keleti Director, The Corporal and Others He learnt directing from Pál Fejös, and László Vajda as an assistant director. In 1937 he made his first film followed by 2 other films in the same year, (A harapós férj, a Viki and Torockói menyasszony). Between 1939 and 1944 he couldn't make films because he was Jewish. After the 2nd WW, he made the first Hungarian film (A tanítónö)...
31. Katalin Karády Katalin Karády Actress, Szíriusz
32. George Tabori George Tabori Writer, I Confess
33. Oscar Beregi Sr. Oscar Beregi Sr. Actor, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
34. Klári Tolnay Klári Tolnay Actress, Pacsirta
35. Felix Salten Felix Salten Writer, Bambi
36. Georg Solti Georg Solti Soundtrack, Apocalypse Now Sir Georg Solti was a renowned orchestra and opera conductor, best known as the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who set a since-surpassed record by winning 31 Grammy Awards. He was born György Stern in Budapest, Hungary (his Germanic last named was changed under the country's post-World War One "Hungarianization" policy) into a Jewish family...
37. Jules Engel Jules Engel Animation Department, Gerald McBoing-Boing Founder of the experimental-animation program at CalArts in 1970 (where he taught for over thirty years), and a founder of the UPA animation studio, Jules Engel choreographed the famous hippopotamus/alligator dance, the bottle-dancing Cossack thistles and the mushroom ballet within "Fantasia" (1940)...
38. Eric Feldary Eric Feldary Actor, For Whom the Bell Tolls
39. Franciska Gaal Franciska Gaal Actress, The Buccaneer Popular Continental cabaret artist of the 20s and 30s who starred in DeMille's 'The Buccaneer' (1938) and later appeared in two other US films. She also appeared sporadically on Broadway.
40. Gitta Alpar Gitta Alpar Actress, She, or Nobody
41. Fred Haggerty Fred Haggerty Actor, From Russia with Love
42. Rosi Barsony Rosi Barsony Actress, A harapós férj Rosy Barsony (born as Miss Schustek) was a child actress, dancer and soubrette. In 1931, in Berlin, she appeared in Paul Abraham's operettas "Viktoria und ihr Husar" ("Victoria and Her Hussar"), "Die Blume von Hawaii" ("The Flower of Hawaii", "Fleur d'Hawai") and Ball im Savoy ("Ball At The Savoy", "Bale au Savoy")...
43. Gyula Kabos Gyula Kabos Actor, Hyppolit, the Butler
44. Paul Erdös Paul Erdös Self, N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös A child prodigy, Erdos independently discovered the principle of negative numbers around age three. Around the same time, he was able to multiply two three-digit numbers in his head, and amuse visitors with his ability to calculate how many seconds they had been alive. Though he never married or had children of his own...
45. Hilda Gobbi Hilda Gobbi Actress, Szaffi
46. Charles Puffy Charles Puffy Actor, The Blue Angel
47. Attila Hörbiger Attila Hörbiger Actor, Das vierte Gebot
48. Sándor Szabó Sándor Szabó Actor, Topaz
49. Jean Image Jean Image Director, Moon Madness
50. Jenny Dolly Jenny Dolly Self, The Million Dollar Dollies The Great Ziegfeld discovered the Dolly Sisters - identical twins Jenny and Rosie - dancing in the middle rung of the vaudeville circuit and hired them for his 1911 Follies. With their dark olive complexions and diminutive statures, they exuded an elusive exotic allure, but in reality they were anything but...
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