Vilma Bánky (1898–1991)


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Vilma Bánky appeared in Hungarian, Austrian and French movies between 1920 and 1925, the year in which Samuel Goldwyn signed her, in Budapest, to a Hollywood contract. In Hollywood she was billed as the "The Hungarian Rhapsody". In the mid and late 1920s she was Goldwyn's biggest money maker, especially playing with Ronald Colman. Her best-known ... See full bio »

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Known For

(1926)
The Eagle Mascha Troekouroff
(1925)
The Night of Love Princess Marie
(1927)
A Lady to Love Lena Shultz
(1930)

Filmography

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 1933 The Rebel
Erika Leroy
 1930 A Lady to Love
Lena Shultz
 1929 This Is Heaven
Eva Petrie
 1928 The Awakening
Marie Ducrot
 1928 Two Lovers
Donna Leonora de Vargas
 1927 The Magic Flame
Bianca, the Aerial Artist
 1927 The Night of Love
Princess Marie
 1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth
Barbara Worth
 1926 The Son of the Sheik
Yasmin (as Vilma Banky)
 1925 The Eagle
Mascha Troekouroff (as Vilma Banky)
 1925 The Dark Angel
Kitty Vane
 1924 The Lady from Paris
Bessy Ferguson
 1924 King of the Circus
Ketty
 1924 Hotel Potemkin
Mabel
 1923 Das Bildnis
 1922 Schattenkinder des Glücks
Helen Blaas
 1921 Galathea
Galathea
 1921 Veszélyben a pokol
Aurora
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Toured in national company of "Cherries Are Ripe" by Anita Loos. Also in cast: Rod La Rocque.

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 20 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Vilma Banky

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Rod La Rocque  (his death)

Relatives:

Viktor Bánky (sibling)
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Trivia:

Banky's 1927 marriage to fellow silent film star Rod La Roque was arranged by their respective studios in hopes of bolstering both of their fading careers, and the wedding itself was staged like a film premier on a Hollywood sound stage (with guests in the "cheap seats" reputedly served papier mache chickens). Despite its impetus as a publicity stunt, the marriage lasted nearly 50 years, ending ... See more »

Trademark:

The Hungarian Rhapsody

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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