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Sándor Márai

(1900 – 1989) Writer He was highly successful in Hungary from the 1930s, published over books of novels and essays, survived Nazi occupation and had to flee in 1948. After a short stop in Italy, he emigrated to San Diego, California where he lived in obscurity, and committed suicide in 1989. Marai was an author of […]

William Fox

(Vilmos Fried, 1879 – 1952) Producer, Founder of Fox Studios Fox Film Corporation was one of the most powerful and creative studios of the silent era. At the peak of his power, Fox owned over 500 movie houses in the US (he bought control of the giant Loew’s, Inc.) and the Gaumont Theatres chain in Great […]

Zsa Zsa Gabor

(Sári Gabor, 1918 – 2016 ) Though officially an actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor is more famous as a whimsical celebrity sex symbol (the former Miss Hungary married nine times). Her credits include Queen of Outer Space, Moulin Rouge and a small role  in the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil. Eva Gabor (1920 – 1995) […]

Vilmos Zsigmond

(1930 – 2016) Oscar Winner Cinematographer Zsigmond’s evocative look and “altering eye” found outlets in such masterpieces as Deliverance, The Rose, Maverick, The Crossing Guard  and The Ghost and the Darkness. His Academy Award came in 1977 for his powerful achievements on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The following year found Zsigmond’s dark […]

Victor Vasarely

(Gy?z? Vásárhelyi, 1906 – 1997) father of Op Art He pioneered the visually disturbing effects that were later called Op Art. His paintings were characterized by their repeated geometric forms and interacting vibrant colors which created a visually disorientating effect of movement. Forms from nature were transposed into purely abstract elements in his paintings. During the […]

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 […]

Sir Alexander Korda

(Kellner, 1893 – 1956) Film Maker Together with his brothers Vincent and Zoltan  made his Oscar nominated film, The Private Life of Henry VIII, perhaps the most influential British film of all time. He became the first member of the film industry to be knighted.

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

(1853 – 1919) Painter His oeuvre consists of about one hundred paintings and twenty drawings – not too many, but his paintings were the first great summary of modern art in Hungary. His individual style – best illustrated by Trees in Electric Light  and Storm over the Great Hortobágy – was characterized by pantheism and expressive […]

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 […]

Paul Newman

(1925 – ) Oscar Winning Actor Newman was born as the second and youngest child of German and Hungarian parents in Cleveland, Ohio. His numerous acclaimed films include Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict, Absence of Malice and The Color […]

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