Bánky, Vilma (1901–1991)
The first Hungarian international star had a career in Hollywood that only few others enjoyed. Her portrait featured on the front covers of magazines from South America to Japan and people thronged the cinemas to see her.
Bela, Nicholas (1900–1963)
Actor with the Comedy Theatre, Budapest who became the ‘water polo pope of Hollywood’.
Corda, Maria (1898–1976)
The beautiful actress who saved the life of Alexander Korda played heroines of Antiquity.
Fejos, Paul (1897–1963)
The polymath filmmaker in whose life there was room for the glitter of Hollywood, the world of tigers and Komodo dragons, not to mention mapping mysterious Inca ruins.
Lichtman, Al (1888–1958)
The film pioneer born in Monok who became one of the best movie salesmen of all time in Hollywood.
Putti, Lya de (1896–1931)
The tragically fated world star was an irresistible force and a modern artist blessed with enormous dramatic expressiveness. She was often referred to as the Hungarian Pola Negri, Adolph Zukor invited her to America but de Dupont, Murnau and Griffith were also keen to work with her.
Rapée, Ernö (1891–1945)
One of the first movie composers whose melodies became hits in their own right.
Toth, André de (1912–2002)
A director with an adventurous backstory, a favourite of Tavernier, Scorsese and Tarantino, who revelled in all genres from the western to melodrama.
Vészi, Margit (1885–1961)
The woman who inspired Endre Ady and Ferenc Molnár, turned Puccini's brain, and won the Second World War for the United States.