Famous Hungarian Media Personalities

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Joseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)
Joseph Pulitzer
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Birthdate: April 10, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Makó
Died: October 29, 1911

Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher who became a national figure in the Democratic Party after crusading against corruption and big business. Pulitzer is also credited with founding the Columbia School of Journalism. The world-renowned Pulitzer Prizes, which are awarded annually to reward excellence in various fields, are named in his honor.

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Robert Capa
(Photographer, Photojournalist)
Robert Capa
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Birthdate: October 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 25, 1954

Robert Capa was a Hungarian-American photojournalist and war photographer. Regarded as the greatest adventure and combat photographer of all time, Robert Capa is best remembered for covering five major wars, namely Second Sino-Japanese War, Spanish Civil War, World War II, First Indochina War, and the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. In 1947, he was honored with the prestigious Medal of Freedom.

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Theodor Herzl
(Journalist)
Theodor Herzl
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Birthdate: May 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pest, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died: July 3, 1904

Initially a budding lawyer, Theodor Herzl later deviated toward literature and also worked as a journalist. The anti-Semitism he witnessed in France, along with the Dreyfus affair, pushed him into Zionism. His will mentioned he wished for a no-frills funeral that would have no flowers or speeches.

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Arthur Koestler
(Novelist and Journalist Best Known for His Books ‘Darkness at Noon’ and ‘The Thirteenth Tribe’)
Arthur Koestler
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Birthdate: September 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 1, 1983

Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian-British journalist and author. He achieved international fame in 1940 when he published an anti-totalitarian novel titled Darkness at Noon. He was honored with the prestigious Sonning Prize in 1968. In 1972, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to the field of journalism.

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Karl Polanyi
(Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist)
Karl Polanyi
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Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: April 23, 1964

Apart from being a political economist, Karl Polanyi was also a prominent Hungarian political leader. The Great Transformation remains his best-known work. He taught at institutes such as the Columbia University and is known for proposing the idea of a cultural version of economics known as substantivism.

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Muhammad Asad
(For English Translation of Quran, 'The Message of The Qur'an")
Muhammad Asad
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Birthdate: July 2, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
Died: February 20, 1992

Austro-Hungarian journalist Leopold Weiss was a descendant of rabbis and ran away from home in his teens, taking up odd jobs, before finally becoming a journalist in Germany. His work took him to the Middle East, where he converted to Islam and adopted the name Muhammad Asad.

Anna Thynn, Marchioness of Bath
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Birthdate: September 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Georg von Habsburg
(Hungary's Ambassador to France since 2020)
Georg von Habsburg
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Birthdate: December 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Starnberg, Germany
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Béla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)
Béla Kun
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Birthdate: February 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cehu Silvaniei
Died: August 29, 1938

Born to a village clerk in Hungary, Béla Kun later rose to be one of the most prominent Communist leaders of his country. Initially a journalist, he later fought for the Austro-Hungarian Army and was captured by the Russians. In Russia, he embraced Communism and later established the Hungarian Communist Party.

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Eva Henger
(Television Personality, Model, and Former Pornographic Actress)
Eva Henger
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Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Győr, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Hungary

After winning beauty pageants such as Miss Teen Hungary and Miss Alpeadria, blonde Hungarian beauty Eva Henger moved to Italy and became a hit porn star. She has previously been a handball player and is also trained in the piano. She is now married to producer Massimiliano Caroletti.

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André François
(Cartoonist)
André François
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Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Timişoara, Romania
Died: April 11, 2005
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Emeric Pressburger
(Screenwriter, film director, and producer, best known for his series of film collaborations with Michael Powell)
Emeric Pressburger
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Birthdate: December 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
Died: February 5, 1988

While he initially studied math and engineering, Emeric Pressburger later quit studies due to his father’s sudden death. He worked as a journalist and screenwriter in Berlin but had to flee to England after being chased by the Nazis. He later collaborated with Michael Powell to produce films such as Black Narcissus.

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Sándor Márai
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Birthdate: April 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: February 21, 1989

A descendant of a Hungarian noble family, Sándor Márai grew up to become a celebrated journalist. He was the first to review the works of Franz Kafka. He neither liked the Nazis nor the Communists. His best-known works include the novel Embers, which was later made into a stage play.

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Frigyes Karinthy
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Birthdate: June 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 29, 1938

Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy was the first to state the concept of six degrees of separation, in his short story Chains. Initially a journalist, he later mastered the short story format and also penned novels such as Voyage to Faremido. He also wrote the script for the film The Stork Caliph.

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Zsuzsanna Budapest
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Birthdate: January 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Besides being an author and a songwriter, Zsuzsanna Emese Mokcsay, a.k.a. Zsuzsanna Budapest, is also known for her Goddess-oriented witchcraft, Dianic Wicca, which she established in LA. She also founded the first women-only witches’ coven. She was initially married, and had 2 sons, but divorced after realizing she was a lesbian.

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Martin Esslin
(Hungarian-British Dramatist, Journalist and Critic Known for Coining the Term 'Theatre of the Absurd' in His Book)
Martin Esslin
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Birthdate: June 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 24, 2002

Hungarian-British producer and dramatist Martin Julius Esslin is best known for introducing the term "the theatre of the absurd” in his 1961 book of the same name. Apart from being a BBC scriptwriter and producer, he also taught at institutes such as Stanford. He died after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

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Dezső Kosztolányi
(Hungarian author)
Dezső Kosztolányi
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Birthdate: March 29, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: November 3, 1936

Hungarian author Dezső Kosztolányi brought in futurism to Hungarian literature and wrote everything from plays to plays. Known for his novels such as Skylark and The Golden Kite, he also translated works of legends such as Shakespeare and Rilke. He was a lifelong journalist, too.

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Karl-Maria Kertbeny
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Birthdate: February 28, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 23, 1882

Hungarian journalist Karl-Maria Kertbeny is best remembered for coining terms such as homosexual and heterosexual. The suicide of a gay friend after being blackmailed made Kertbeny study homosexuality in detail later. A prominent gay rights activist, he also believed homosexuality was inborn but didn’t live to see acceptance of his ideas.

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Gyorgy Balint
(Horticulturist)
Gyorgy Balint
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Birthdate: July 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gyöngyös, Hungary
Died: June 21, 2020

Legendary horticulturalist Gyorgy Balint, known as Farmer Balint and the Gardener of the Country, in his homeland, Hungary, was dragged into Nazi concentration camps with his family. Eventually, only Balint and one of his sisters survived. Known for his Facebook gardening videos, he died of COVID-19 at age 100.

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Károly Eötvös
(Hungarian writer, lawyer, and politician)
Károly Eötvös
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Birthdate: March 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mezőszentgyörgy, Hungary
Died: April 13, 1916

A well-known lawyer of his time, Károly Eötvös is best remembered for his role as a defense counsel in an iconic case on anti-Semitism, known widely as the 1883 Tiszaeszlár blood feud. He was also a famed author, known for works such as The Bakony, and had also been an MP.

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Zsuzsa Csisztu
(Artistic gymnast, Actress)
Zsuzsa Csisztu
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Birthdate: February 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Kati Horna
(Photojournalist)
Kati Horna
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Birthdate: May 19, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 19, 2000
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Stefan Lorant
(Hungarian-American Filmmaker, Photojournalist, and Author Known for His Pictorial Histories of American Presidents)
Stefan Lorant
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Birthdate: February 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 14, 1997

A pioneering photojournalist, Stefan Lorant initially edited and directed several films in Berlin and Vienna, before joining Münchner Illustrierte Presse as an editor. Imprisoned for opposing Hitler, he moved to England once released. He is remembered for founding the magazines Lilliput and Picture Post and for his photo histories of US presidents.

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Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky
(Hungarian politician and an important voice in the struggle against German expansion and military policy)
Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky
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Birthdate: June 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Szarvas, Hungary
Died: December 24, 1944
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István Csurka
(Former Member of the National Assembly of Hungary)
István Csurka
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Birthdate: March 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 4, 2012

Hungarian far-right politician István Csurka not only established the Hungarian Justice and Life Party but also served as an MP. He was also a talented playwright who also penned many short stories and novels, though his achievements as a writer was overshadowed by his radical political views.

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Mihály Táncsics
(Politician, Writer, Journalist)
Mihály Táncsics
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Birthdate: April 21, 1799
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ácsteszér, Hungary
Died: June 28, 1884
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Geza Szocs
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Birthdate: August 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Târgu Mureș, Romania
Died: November 5, 2020

A significant pillar of Hungarian poetry, Geza Szocs was known for his disregard for conventions. He also worked as journalist in Geneva and later served as Hungary’s Secretary of State for Culture and the president of the Hungarian PEN Club. He died of COVID-19 complications in 2020.

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Ferenc Herczeg
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Birthdate: September 22, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vršac, Serbia
Died: February 24, 1954
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Karl Freiherr von Vogelsang
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Birthdate: September 3, 1818
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Legnica, Poland
Died: November 8, 1890
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Ladislas Aigner
(Photojournalist)
Ladislas Aigner
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Birthdate: September 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Hungary
Died: March 29, 1999