2 Eva Gabor(Played Lisa Douglas, the wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas, on the hit TV show Green Acres)
Apart from being the sister of renowned actor Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor was a talented actor in her own right. Known as Lisa Douglas from the sitcom Green Acres and its sequel, she was also famous for her voice roles in Disney movies. She later launched a fashion collection, too.
3 Magda Gabor(Actress)
The elder sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, Magda Gabor was an actor who had appeared in the film Modern Girls and on a few TV shows. She was rumored to be the mistress of the Portuguese ambassador to Hungary and had later married 6 times.
4 Ahna Capri(Actress)
Starting as a child actor, Ahna Capri later soared to fame with her role of Tania in the movie Enter the Dragon. Her other notable roles were in films such as Piranha and Payday and in series such as Dan August. She died in a fatal car crash.
5 Vica Kerekes(Actress)
Hungarian-origin Slovak actor Vica Kerekes started her career with the Slovak movie Konečná stanica. Also known as Vica, she later soared to fame with her award-winning roles in films such as Ki/Be Tawaret and Seven Days of Sin. She also appeared in the popular Slovak-Czech series Odsúdené.
6 Zita Gorog(Actress)
Hungarian model Zita Gorog began modeling at 18 and later traveled to over 20 countries, working for brands such as Mont Blanc, Benetton, Nivea, and Nissan. She has also been featured in publications such as Playboy, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, and has appeared in movies such as the Underworld franchise.
7 Eva Bartok(Actress)
Though she married a Nazi officer at age 15, to avoid deportation, Hungarian Jewish actor Eva Bartok was later hounded by Hungarian Communists. She then moved to the US and gained fame with movies such as The Crimson Pirate. She also claimed to have had a daughter with singer Frank Sinatra.
8 Andrea Osvárt(Actress)
Hungarian actor and model Andrea Osvárt is also a linguist, well-versed in a number of languages, such as Italian and German. She has also been interested in dance since age 13. After appearing in countless commercials, she bagged a role in the Brad Pitt starrer 2001 movie Spy Game.
9 Anna Thynn, Marchioness of Bath(Actress)
Apart from being the Marchioness of Bath, Anna Thynn was also a fine actor, known by her stage name, Anna Gaël. She had started dating Alexander Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, known to be a womanizer, while still married to French director Gilbert Pineau. She has also previously worked as a reporter.
10 Katalin Vad(Actress)
Best known for her works with the Private Media Group, Hungarian porn star Katalin Vad is also known as Michelle Wild. She once maintained a column on FHM and hosted a radio show. The AVN and Venus Award winner is now a mother and has vowed never to return to porn.
11 Vilma Bánky(Actress)
Known as The Hungarian Rhapsody in the US, actor Vilma Bánky was a star of silent films such as The Son of The Sheik. She was also an avid golfer who had won club championships and dealt in real estate, too. She also funded a children’s foundation with her husband.
12 Ilona Massey(Actress)
Initially known as “the new Dietrich,” actor and opera singer Ilona Massey grew up amid poverty and funded her singing lessons by working as a dressmaker’s apprentice. From performing on radio and in night clubs, she later rose to be the quintessential temptress in films such as Love Happy.
13 Eszter Balint(Singer)
The daughter of theater personality Stephan Balint, Hungarian-born violinist and performer Eszter Balint grew up with her father’s Squat Theatre troupe in New York. Apart from her critically acclaimed albums, such as Flicker, she is also known for her appearances in films and series such as Shadows and Fog and Louie.
14 Erika Marozsan(Actress)
Hungarian actor Erika Marozsan has primarily starred in Hungarian films and German TV shows and has also appeared in international films such as Sniper 2. The green-eyed beauty is a trained ballet dancer. She was previously part of Hungary’s New Theater group and now performs as part of the Kaposvár Theater.
15 Edina Ronay(Fashion designer)
The daughter of renowned Hungarian food critic Egon Ronay, Edina Ronay started her career as an actor, with roles in series such as The Avengers and The Champions. Now a fashion designer, she has her own label. She is also known as the mother of English actor/writer Shebah Ronay.
16 Steffi Duna(Actress)
Though her vintner father didn’t initially want Steffi Duna to pursue dance, he later trained her in some of the best ballet schools. Known for plays such as Words and Music, she later performed in the Broadway play The Threepenny Opera and then made her way to Hollywood films such as Waterloo Bridge.
17 Hanna Hertelendy(Actress)
Hanna Hertelendy, also known as Hanna Landy, began her career with Hungarian theater, appearing in plays of Shakespeare and Chekhov. After moving to the US, she was seen in several series, such as Peter Gunn and Barnaby Jones, and in movies such as Rosemary's Baby and The Girl from Petrovka.
18 Maria Corda(Actress)
Silent-film actor Maria Corda began her career with the films of director Alexander Korda, whom she married later. After fleeing a political-conflict-ridden Hungary, she and her husband collaborated on numerous hits in Austria, such as Samson und Delila. In her final years in the US, she penned several novels.
19 Aleska Diamond(Actress)
Known for her voluptuous figure, Hungarian beauty Aleska Diamond started her journey in the adult entertainment industry with girl-on-girl and solo porn and later moved on to more hardcore porn. The AVN Award winner is a former sex worker and now works as an aerial acrobatics instructor.
20 Gitta Alpar(Soprano)
Born Regina Klopfer, Hungarian opera singer Gitta Alpár changed her name when she began performing publicly. She later performed for the Berlin State Opera and married German actor actor Gustav Fröhlich. A Jewish cantor’s daughter, she was named to Hitler’s hitlist and fled to Austria, and then to England and the US.
21 Brigitta Bulgari(Actress)
Brigitta Kocsis, or Brigitta Bulgari, was once a top model for the Hungarian versions of Playboy and Penthouse. While she initially aspired to be a lawyer, destiny made her a porn actor. She was once arrested for running naked on the field during a soccer match. She is now a popular DJ.
22 Marta Eggerth(Actress)
While her mother had been an opera singer-turned-housewife, actor-singer Marta Eggerth’s father was also an amateur pianist-turned-banker. A prodigy, who made her theater debut at age 11, Eggerth later soared to fame with Broadway plays such as The Merry Widow and gained the nickname The Callas of Operetta.
23 Zsuzsa Csisztu(Artistic gymnast, Actress)
Former gymnast Zsuzsa Csisztu, who once represented Hungary at the 1988 Olympics and 3 World Championships, later gained fame as an actor and TV presenter. Some of her best-known works include the films Hungarian Beauty, White Palms, and Pizzás. She was previously married to presenter Gábor Bochkor.
24 Kathe von Nagy(Actress)
At 16, Kathe von Nagy wanted to get married and thus her reluctant parents tucked her away to a convent to make her change her mind. She then wished to be an author but later became famous for her performances in French, German, and Hungarian films, and for her photo postcards.
25 Lujza Blaha(Hungarian actress)
A significant figure of the golden age of the Hungarian folk play, Lujza Blaha earned the nickname of The Nation’s Nightingale. Born to traveling actors, she stepped into acting at age 15 and later gained fame with plays such as Madame Sans-Gêne. She was also in the news for her sexually liberal outlook.
26 Hilda Gobbi(Actress)
27 Judit Bardos(Actress)
The daughter of Hungarian politician Gyula Bárdos, Judit Bardos is best known for her award-winning performance in the film The House. She also gained fame with her role of Salome in the Slovak National Theater production of Herodes and Herodias and has appeared in the Czech series Svět pod hlavou.
28 Aletta Ocean(Actress)
Buxom, brunette Hungarian beauty Dora Varga is known to her porn film fans as Aletta Ocean. While she initially studied economics and also won the pageant Miss Tourism Hungary, she later stepped into hardcore porn. The AVN Award winner has also appeared in Playboy and Penthouse.
29 Ildikó Pécsi(Actress)
Known for roles in countless Hungarian films such as The Man of Gold, Rain and Shine, and Virtually a Virgin, actor Ildikó Pécsi was married to Olympic gold medal-winning Hungarian footballer Lajos Szücs. She was also a Socialist MP of the Hungarian Parliament and a mother of two.
30 Gizi Bajor(Actress)
While her parents owned a café at Kálvin Square in Budapest, Gizi Bajor was inspired by the site’s nightlife and was later drawn to theater. A versatile actor, she remained associated with Hungary’s National Theatre till her final days. Her mentally ill husband, Tibor Germán, eventually killed her and himself.
31 Déryné Róza Széppataki(Opera singer)
Known as Hungary’s first female opera singer, Déryné Róza Széppataki, better known as Déryné, was struck by poverty after her father’s death. Initially reluctant to let Déryné join theater, her mother later gave in. Though she was versatile in terms of roles, she gained immense fame as a comedian.
32 Margit Symo(Actress)
Remembered as the mother of actor Eva Mattes, Margit Symo was also a well-known actor in her own right. Starting her career with operettas and stage revues, she was later featured as a dancer in various movies. She later gained fame with prominent roles in films such as Zigeunerblut.
33 Mari Jászai(Actress)
A carpenter’s daughter, Mari Jászai worked as a maid since age 10. At 16, she fled to a touring acting company and performed as a chorus girl for a while, before graduating to theater. At Pest’s National Theatre, she played lead roles such as Lady Macbeth. She later also appeared in silent films.
34 Dora Venter
Dora Venter apparently found her initial job as an ICU nurse too hectic and thus chose to enter the adult film industry. The Hungarian porn star initially performed as Claudia Wennstrom and then used a host of pseudonyms, such as Barbie Star and Linda Taylor. She has starred in porn films across Europe.
35 Julia Taylor(Actress)
Budapest-born Hungarian adult film star Julia Taylor is best known for her performances in movies such as Sexy Santa, Take Me Baby, and Absolute Desire. She has also appeared in the TV series Mike's Apartment. The natural red-head has now got a makeover and dyed her hair blonde.
36 Mona Lisa(Actress)
Hungarian adult film actor Mona Lisa is also known by her many pseudonyms, such as Diana and Tina Magnani. The Jászberény-born entertainer is best known for her X-rated movies such as Dead Man’s Wish and Cum Over Nuns and porn video series such as Familie Flodder and Private Stories.
37 Rita Faltoyano(Model)
Born Rita Gacs, Hungarian adult film star Rita Faltoyano is the daughter of a former Miss Hungary. Rita later used many pseudonyms, such as Daniella, Rita Doll, and Rita Anik. She has previously been a national-level junior swimming champion thrice. She is married to American porn film actor/director Tommy Gunn.
38 Maya Gold(Actress)
Hungarian porn star Maya Gold is also known by her other pseudonyms such as Mya and Maja Gold. The Venus Award winner is known for videos such as Hot Paradise and has also penned a memoir. She retired from the adult industry after getting into a relationship, fearing the risk of STDs.
39 Stella Stevens(Actress)
Actor Stella Stevens is best known for her roles in films such as The Nutty Professor and The Poseidon Adventure. Her movie debut as Chlorine in Say One for Me won her a Golden Globe Award. She was scouted by an agent while modeling at a Memphis department store.