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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 talent 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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
(1943)
Invisible Agent Maria Sorenson
(1942)
International Lady Carla Nillson
(1941)
Balalaika Lydia Pavlovna Marakova
(1939)

Filmography

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 1967 The Cool Ones
Toni Karpathy (uncredited)
 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)
 1950-1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Countess de Vionnet / Countess de Vionet
- The Ambassadors (1951) ... Countess de Vionnet
- The Ambassadors (1950) ... Countess de Vionet
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Malvern
- Purple and Fine Linen (1951) ... Lady Malvern
 1950 The Magnavox Theater (TV Series)
 1949 Love Happy
Madame Egelichi
 1948 The Plunderers
Lin Connor
 1947 Northwest Outpost
Natalia Alanova
 1946 Holiday in Mexico
Countess Toni Karpathy
 1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
 1942 Invisible Agent
Maria Sorenson
 1941 International Lady
Carla Nillson
 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 (13 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in New England summer-stock tour of "Angel in Paris". See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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:

Her widower, Donald Dawson, was a lawyer who was, at one time, an administrative assistant to President Harry S. Truman. He was questioned, in 1951, by Senator J. William Fulbright's subcommittee about his connections with Washington influence peddlers and RFC loans. See more »

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