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Vilma Banky c. 1926

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Vilma Bánky was a Hungarian-born American silent film actress who began her acting career in Budapest, France, Austria, and Germany.She was hailed as "The Hungarian Rhapsody" and was an immediate hit with American audiences. She appeared opposite silent greats Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925) and The Son of the Sheik (1926) and Ronald Colman in a series of fantastic love stories, including The Dark Angel and The Winning of Barbara Worth. It is commonly believed that her thick Hungarian accent cut her career short with the advent of sound; however, after a successful film career, she wanted to settle down with Rod La Rocque and simply be his wife. By 1928, she had begun announcing her intention to retire in a few years.

Of her twenty four films, only eight still exist in their entirety (Hotel Potemkin, Der Zirkuskönig [aka The King of the Circus with Max Linder], The Son of the Sheik, The Eagle, The Winning of Barbara Worth, The Night of Love, A Lady to Love, and The Rebel), and three other films exist in fragments.

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  • Born: Vilma Koncsics January 9, 1901 Nagydorog, Tolna County, Austria-Hungary (present-day Nagydorog, Republic of Hungary)
  • Died: March 18, 1991 (aged 90) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1919–1933
  • Spouse(s): Rod La Rocque (m. 1927–69) (his death)

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