Foregoers - Arts

André Kertész

(1894 – 1985) Acclaimed photographer One of the pioneers of “street photography.” With a small camera he captured the poetic and absurdity of ordinary life. A major force, he made his mark on different kinds of photography, making documentary an art form. Kertesz began taking pictures when he was sixteen. He was called to arms in […]

Robert Capa

(Endre Ern? Friedmann, 1913 – 1954) Acclaimed Photojournalist Capa left Hungary as a boy, lived in Paris in 1930’s and covered many wars: Spanish Civil War, China, WW II  and the French Indo-China war. He was killed after stepping on a landmine. His most famous photo is  the “Falling Soldier ” from the Spanish Civil War […]

Ferenc Molnár

(1878 – 1952) Playwright He was one of the many talented immigrants that were part of the “Hungarian Invasion” of New York Theatre. His play Liliom provided the plot for Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s famed musical Carousel. Some of his plays were adapted for the Big Screen, including The Swan, starring Grace Kelly, Charles Vidor, Alec Guiness, […]

Joe Eszterhás

(Jozsef E., 1944 – ) Screenwriter He is best known for his vicious, sexy, highly literate crime and mystery scripts: The Jagged Edge, Betrayed and the Sharon Stone starmaker Basic Instinct. Other credits include: Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film, Telling Lies in America, Jade, Showgirls, Sliver, Checking Out, Music Box,  Big Shots, Hearts of […]

George Pál

(1908 – 1980) Cartoonist – Winner of SIX Oscars As an animator, Pal was a pioneer of stop-action animation. George Pal’s Puppetoons earned him an Academy Award (Oscar) – the first of six in his career. He later brought to the screen such classics as H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (Oscar), The Time Machine […]

Harry Houdini

(Erik Weisz,1874 – 1926) Magician, Actor, Pioneer Pilot Houdini fascinated audiences with his great escapes and illusions for decades. He won awards in track and swimming and later used these talents as an escape artist. He was honored as first to fly a plane in Australia and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of […]

Michael Curtiz

(Manó Kertész Kaminer, 1898 – 1962) Oscar Winning Director of “Casablanca” He began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros. His films Casablanca (1942) and Mildred Pierce (1945) are considered to be film classics. Other credits […]

Tony Curtis

(Bernard Schwartz, 1925 – 2010) Actor and Artist He started his career at the movies in 1949. Tony has been called by critics, “The World’s Favorite Movie Actor.” Star of 106 films, including “The Defiant Ones,” in 1958 (Oscar Nomination!), “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, “Spartacus,”. He also played the title role […]

Béla Lugósi

(Dezso Blasko, 1882 – 1956) Actor – The Original Dracula! His first American film was 1923’s The Silent Command, a suspenseful spy movie in which Bela played the bad guy. He officially became a US citizen on June 26, 1931. He took on the role of Count Dracula in Horace Liveright’s play in place of actor […]

Miklós Rózsa

(1907 – 1995) Triple Oscar Winning Film Composer A born musician, Rózsa began studying the violin at age five and became steeped in the folk music of his native land, an influence that could be detected in much of his later work. He began scoring films for fellow Hungarian Alexander Korda in England in the 1930s […]

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