~Vilma Bánky~

Born: January 9, 1898 in Nagydorog, Hungary
Died: March 18, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA
During her heyday, Hollywood leading actress Vilma Banky was billed as "The Hungarian Rhapsody." She
was born Vilma Lonchit, near Budapest at the turn-of-the-century. She was discovered by Sam Goldwyn
who was taken by her exquisite beauty and brought her to Hollywood in 1925 to star opposite Rudolph
Valentino in The Eagle, and subsequently, The Son of the Sheik (1926). Banky is best known for the work
she did opposite handsome leading man Ronald Colman. They appeared in five films together and their
chemistry was magical. Unfortunately, Banky's career died with the advent of sound because audiences
found it difficult to understand her heavily accented English. She retired from films in the late 1920s after
marrying movie star Rod La Rocque; they stayed together until he died in 1969. In 1932 she made one
last film, Der Rebell/The Rebel. Banky died in 1991, but news of her passing was not announced until
1992 for it was the embittered Banky's dying request that her death not be formally announced.

Biography by Sandra Brennan, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Rebel (1933) ... Erika Leroy
Die Sehnsucht jeder Frau (1930) ... Mizzi
A Lady to Love (1930) ... Lena Shultz

This Is Heaven (1929) ... Eva Petrie
The Awakening (1928) ... Marie Ducrot
Two Lovers (1928) .... Donna Leonora de Vargas
Die Dame von Paris (1927)
... aka The Lady from Paris (USA: literal English title)
The Magic Flame (1927) .... Bianca, the Aerial Artist
The Night of Love (1927) .... Princess Marie
The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) .... Barbara Worth
The Son of the Sheik (1926) (as Vilma Banky) .... Yasmin, André's Daughter
The Eagle (1925) (as Vilma Banky) .... Miss Mascha Troekouroff
Soll man heiraten? (1925)
... aka Intermezzo einer Ehe in sieben Tagen
The Dark Angel (1925) .... Kitty Vane
Das schöne Abenteuer (1924)
... aka The Lady from Paris (USA)
Das verbotene Land (1924)
... aka Das Leben des Dalai Lama
Die letzte Stunde (1924)
... aka Hotel Potemkin (International: English title)
Der Zirkuskönig (1924)
... aka Circusmania (UK)
... aka Clown aus Liebe
... aka King of the Circus (USA)
... aka Le roi du cirque (France)
Das Bildnis (1923)
... aka L'image (France)
A Halott szerelme (1922)
... aka Das Auge des Toten
Kauft Mariett-Aktien (1922)
Schattenkinder des Glücks (1922)
Galathea (1921)
Tavaszi szerelem (1921)
Veszélyben a pokol (1921)

Im letzten Augenblick (1919)