Vilma Bánky


Vilma Bánky

Infobox actor
name = Vilma Bánky



imagesize =
caption = October 25, 1926
birthname = Vilma Konsics Bánky
birthdate = birth date|1898|1|9
location = Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary
deathdate = Death date and age|1991|3|18|1898|1|9
deathplace = Los Angeles, California
spouse = Rod La Rocque (June 26, 1927-October 15, 1969)

Vilma Bánky (January 9, 1898 - March 18, 1991) was a Hungarian-born American silent film actress, although the early part of her acting career began in Budapest, spreading to France, Austria, and Germany.

Early life

She was born Vilma Konsics Bánky to János Konsics Bánky and Katalin Ulbert in Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary, and began appearing in films in 1919, her first film being "Im Letzten Augenblick", directed by Carl Boese in Germany. On a trip to Budapest in 1925, Hollywood film producer Samuel Goldwyn discovered the violet-eyed, blonde beauty and signed her to a contract. Her father was strongly against Vilma's career as was her fiancé, but acting had become something that she loved. She left behind her intended husband in Hungary, sailing for America in early March 1925.

Career

She was hailed as "The Hungarian Rhapsody" and was an immediate hit with American audiences. The New York Times remarked in its review of her first American film, The Dark Angel, that she "is a young person of rare beauty...so exquisite that one is not in the least surprised that she is never forgotten by Hillary Trent" [ The New York Times Directory of the Film, 'The Dark Angel' review by Mordaunt Hall, October 12, 1925, p. 17, 1971, Arno Press and Random House, United States of America ] (the movie's main male character who decides to allow his family and fiancee to believe him dead rather than place what he perceives as the burdon on them of a life caring for a blinded war veteran). 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". Prior to Valentino's death, he and Bánky were close friends, and although affairs were rumored throughout Hollywood, there were just that - rumors. Bánky realized he needed a friend more than anything. Her other close Hollywood friends included Victor Varconi, Gloria Swanson, Lya de Putti, Lily Damita, and Leatrice Joy. It is commonly believed that her thick Hungarian accent cut her career short with the advent of sound, however she began losing interest in films and wanted to settle down with Rod La Rocque, and simply be a wife. By 1928, in fact, she had begun announcing her intention to retire in a few years. Of her twenty four films, seven exist in their entirety ("Der Zirkuskönig, 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 exist in fragments ("Tavaszi Szerelem" in scattered bits and the first five reels of "The Magic Flame" and an incomplete copy of "Two Lovers").

After Hollywood

She married actor Rod La Rocque on June 26, 1927, and was with him until his death on October 15, 1969. They had no children. From all accounts theirs was a marriage based on mutual respect and compatibility.

Her post Hollywood years were spent selling real estate with her husband and playing golf, her favorite sport. She and her husband created an educational fund for children called "The Banky - La Rocque Foundation".

Bánky died on March 18, 1991, of cardiopulmonary failure at age 93. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea.

References

*Unterburger, Amy L., "International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers". Vol. 3. 3rd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, c1997. ISBN 1-55862-302-7.

External links

*imdb name|id=0126566|name=Vilma Banky
*amg name|2:3739|Vilma Banky
* [http://www.vilma-banky.com Vilma Bánky: Hungarian Rhapsody]
* [http://forgetthetalkies.blogspot.com/2008/08/complete-filmography-vilma-banky.html Complete Vilma Banky Filmography]
* [http://forgetthetalkies.blogspot.com/2008/09/silents-talk-vilma-banky.html Vilma Banky Speaking]
* [http://www.szineszkonyvtar.hu/contents/a-e/bankyelet.htm Information on Vilma in Hungarian]
* [http://www.goldensilents.com/stars/vilmabanky.html Vilma Bánky at Golden Silents]
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=775 Photographs of Vilma Banky]
*Find A Grave|id=7717989

Persondata
NAME= Bánky, Vilma
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Bánky, Vilma Konsics
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Film actress
DATE OF BIRTH= January 9, 1898
PLACE OF BIRTH= Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary
DATE OF DEATH= March 18, 1991
PLACE OF DEATH= Los Angeles, California


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Vilma Bánky — Vilma Konsics Bánky Nombre real Vilma Koncsics Bánky Nacimiento 9 de enero de 1898 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Vilma Banky — Vilma Bánky Vilma Bánky (* 9. Januar 1898 in Nagyrodog, Ungarn; † 18. März 1991 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien) war eine ungarische Schauspielerin. Sie war gegen Ende der Stummfilmära eine der bekanntesten Stars in Hollywood. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Vilma Banky — Vilma Bánky Vilma Bánky Nom de naissance Vilma Konsics Bánky Naissance 9 janvier 1898 Nagydorog (Autriche Hongrie) Nationalité(s) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Vilma Bánky — (* 9. Januar 1898 in Nagyrodog, Ungarn; † 18. März 1991 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien) war eine ungarische Schauspielerin. Sie war gegen Ende der Stummfilmära eine der bekanntesten Stars in Hollywood. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Karriere wurde sie als… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Vilma Bánky — Données clés Nom de naissance Vilma Konsics Bánky Naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bánky — Vilma Bánky Vilma Bánky (* 9. Januar 1898 in Nagyrodog, Ungarn; † 18. März 1991 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien) war eine ungarische Schauspielerin. Sie war gegen Ende der Stummfilmära eine der bekanntesten Stars in Hollywood. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Banky — can refer to: *Banky Edwards, a fictional character in several movies by director Kevin Smith *Banky Yeung, a theatre playwright, director and actor in Hong Kong *Vilma Bánky, a Hungarian born American silent film actressSee also: *Banki …   Wikipedia

  • Filmpaar — Als Leinwandpaar (engl. screen couple) bezeichnet man beim Film zwei Schauspieler, die über mehrere Filmproduktionen hinweg als Hauptdarstellerpaar eingesetzt werden und als Paar charakteristische Interaktionsmuster ausbilden, die für das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stummfilmschauspieler — Dreharbeiten in den New Yorker Edison Studios, um 1908 Als Stummfilm wird seit der Verbreitung des Tonfilms in den 1920er Jahren ein Film ohne technisch mechanisch vorbereitete Tonbegleitung bezeichnet. Die Aufführung solcher Filme wurde… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • List of Hungarian Americans — This is a list of notable Hungarian Americans. Many Hungarians went to the United States after the Soviet invasion in 1956 during Operation Safe Haven.ListEntertainmentActors*Vilma Bánky [ [http://www.starpulse.com/Actresses/Banky,… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.