Vilma Banky

Actor
Delicately beautiful star of European silent films brought to the United States by Sam Goldwyn in 1925 and publicized as 'The Hungarian Rhapsody'. Banky enjoyed immediate success opposite Rudolph Valentino in Clarence ... Read more »
Born: 01/09/1898 in Hungary

Filmography

Actor (5)

The Son of the Sheik 1925 (Movie)

Yasmin (Actor)

A Lady to Love (Movie)

Lena Shultz (Actor)

The Night of Love (Movie)

Princess Marie (Actor)

The Winning of Barbara Worth (Movie)

Barbara Worth (Actor)

This Is Heaven (Movie)

Eva Petrie (Actor)

Biography

Delicately beautiful star of European silent films brought to the United States by Sam Goldwyn in 1925 and publicized as 'The Hungarian Rhapsody'. Banky enjoyed immediate success opposite Rudolph Valentino in Clarence Brown's "The Eagle" (1925) and "The Son of the Sheik" (1926), the latter Valentino's last film. Gary Cooper's long screen career began in a Banky showcase as he attempted "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926), but the ethereal star's most notable leading man was Ronald Colman, opposite whom she acted five times during her brief Hollywood heyday. Goldwyn first teamed the duo for the tearjerking "The Dark Angel" (1925), while later co-starring vehicles such as "The Magic Flame" and "The Night of Love" (both 1927) favored rank passion over sentiment.

Relationships

Rod Rocque

Husband
married 1927 until his death in 1969

Milestones

1932

Made final film "Der Rebell/The Rebel"

1930

Acted in the all-talking film, "A Lady to Love" and its German-language version, "Die Sehnsucht jeder Frau"

1929

First film with sound, "This Is Heaven"

1928

Last of five films opposite Colman, "Two Lovers"

1926

Hollywood stardom confirmed: reteamed with Valentino for "The Son of the Sheik" and with Colman for "The Winning of Barbara Worth"

1925

Discovered by Samuel Goldwyn; moved to USA; made first Hollywood films, "The Eagle" opposite Rudolph Valentino, and "The Dark Angel", her first of five films opposite Ronald Colman

1921

Film acting debut in "Im letzen Augenblick" (Europe)

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