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1898 - 1991
The actress Vilma Banky was born as Vilma Lonchit in Nagydorog, Hungary.
She began her film career in Europe where she played in Austria, Hungary and France between 1920 and 1925. To her European productions belong "Im letzten Augenblick" (20), "Galathea" (21), "A Halott szerelma - Das Auge des Toten" (22), "Das Bildnis" (23), "Das verbotene Land" (24) and "Soll man heiraten?" (25).
The year 1925 marked her breakthrough. Samuel Goldwyn offered her a
contract for Hollywood and Vilma Banky seized the opportunity. She had
the good fortune to have the legendary Rudolph Valentino as her partner
in the movies "The Eagle" (25) and especially in "The Son of the Sheik"
(26) - Valentino's last picture - with which she became a star in no time.
Beside she she acted together with Ronald Colman.
Vilma Banky got married with no less famous actor Rod La Rocque in 1927. The marriage was paid by Samuel Goldwyn and was considered to be one of the most extravagant weddings in Hollywood.
With the arise of the sound movie came her career to an end. Sie appeared
in "This Is Heaven" (29) and "A Lady to Love" (30), after that she went
to Germany with her husband Rod La Rocque where she took part in the movies
"Die Sehnsucht jeder Frau" (30) and "Der Rebell" (32).
Other movies with Vilma Banky: