Famous Hungarian Media Personalities

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 1 Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer
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Famous As: Journalist & Publisher
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.

 2 Robert Capa

Robert Capa
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Famous As: Photographer, Photojournalist
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.

 3 Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl
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Famous As: Journalist
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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 4 Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 2, 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.

 5 Karl Polanyi

Karl Polanyi
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Famous As: Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist
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.

 6 Muhammad Asad

Muhammad Asad
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 7 Lajos Kossuth

Lajos Kossuth
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 16, 1802
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monok, Hungary
Died: March 20, 1894

Born into a noble family, Lajos Kossuth grew up to be one of his country’s greatest political reformers. He initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer and later entered national politics to become the governor-president of Hungary. He is remembered for his role in the Hungarian Revolution.

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 8 Georg von Habsburg

Georg von Habsburg
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Famous As: Hungary's Ambassador to France since 2020
Birthdate: December 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Starnberg, Germany

 9 Kati Marton

Kati Marton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

New York Times bestselling Hungarian-American author Kati Marton was born to reporter parents who had survived the Holocaust. She has previously been an award-winning correspondent for NPR and the bureau chief of ABC News in Germany. Her best-known works include True Believer and Enemies of the People.

 10 Béla Kun

Béla Kun
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
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.

 11 Anna Thynn, Marchioness of Bath

Anna Thynn, Marchioness of Bath
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 12 Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Susan Faludi is best known for her studies on the portrayal of women in the media. The Harvard alumna is known for her books such as Backlash and Stiffed. A firebrand feminist, she also wrote about her father’s sex-change operation in his 70s in In the Darkroom.

 13 André François

André François
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Timişoara, Romania
Died: April 11, 2005

 14 Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger
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Famous As: Screenwriter, film director, and producer, best known for his series of film collaborations with Michael Powell
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.

 15 Sándor Márai

Sándor Márai
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 16 Frigyes Karinthy

Frigyes Karinthy
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Famous As: Author
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.

 17 Endre Ady

Endre Ady
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Famous As: Turn-of-the-century Hungarian poet
Birthdate: November 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ady Endre, Romania
Died: January 27, 1919

Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist. Widely regarded as the 20th century's greatest Hungarian poet, Ady is credited with introducing a new, modern style of poetry, breaking away from the folksy style of Sándor Petőfi, which was widely followed by Hungarian poets at that time. In 1947, a postage stamp featuring Ady's likeness was issued by Hungary. 

 18 Janos Arany

Janos Arany
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 2, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salonta, Romania
Died: October 22, 1882

Hungarian poet Janos Arany is regarded by many as the Shakespeare of ballads. Best known for his iconic epic poem Toldi, which was part of a trilogy, he had also been associated with the Hungarian Academy. He had initially been part of the Hungarian Revolution and later also taught for a while.

 19 Zsuzsanna Budapest

Zsuzsanna Budapest
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 20 Martin Julius Esslin

Martin Julius Esslin
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Famous As: Dramatist
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.

 21 Dezső Kosztolányi

Dezső Kosztolányi
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Famous As: Hungarian author
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.

 22 Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 23, 2008

Inspired by his older war photographer brother Robert Capa’s photos of the Spanish Civil War, Cornell Capa later became a staff photographer for Life magazine. He also joined Magnum Photos, co-founded by his brother. His camera captured many luminaries, such as JFK, Armando Reverón, and Clark Gable.

 23 Karl-Maria Kertbeny

Karl-Maria Kertbeny
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 24 Gyorgy Balint

Gyorgy Balint
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Famous As: Horticulturist
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.

 25 Zsuzsa Csisztu

Zsuzsa Csisztu
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast, Actress
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.

 26 Károly Eötvös

Károly Eötvös
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Famous As: Hungarian writer, lawyer, and politician
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.

 27 Kálmán Mikszáth

Kálmán Mikszáth
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sklabiná, Slovakia
Died: May 28, 1910

While he initially studied law, Kálmán Mikszáth later became a renowned journalist and later penned some of the best social commentaries of his time. Remembered for his short story collections such as The Slovak Kinsfolk and novels such as The Black City, he was also an elected member of the National Assembly.

 28 Lajos Kassák

Lajos Kassák
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Hungary
Died: July 22, 1967

Remembered as the first writer from the Hungarian working class, Lajos Kassák traveled all over Europe on foot in his 20s. A man who was influenced by several avant-garde movements, he later penned his iconic 8-volume memoir, A Man’s Life, of which the later chapters were deleted for going against communism.

 29 Kati Horna

Kati Horna
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: May 19, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 19, 2000

 30 Ladislas Farago

Ladislas Farago
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 21, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Csurgó, Hungary
Died: October 15, 1980

Hungarian historian Ladislas Farago is remembered for his books on war and spies, with the backdrop of World War II. Many of his books, such as The Broken Seal and Patton, later inspired movies. In 1972, he shocked everyone by claiming Martin Bormann was alive and was living as a businessman in Argentina.

 31 Stefan Lorant

Stefan Lorant
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Famous As: Filmmaker
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.

 32 Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky

Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky
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Famous As: Hungarian politician and an important voice in the struggle against German expansion and military policy
Birthdate: June 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Szarvas, Hungary
Died: December 24, 1944

 33 István Csurka

István Csurka
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 34 Mihály Táncsics

Mihály Táncsics
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: April 21, 1799
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ácsteszér, Hungary
Died: June 28, 1884

 35 Geza Szocs

Geza Szocs
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 36 Ferenc Herczeg

Ferenc Herczeg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 22, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vršac, Serbia
Died: February 24, 1954

 37 Karl Freiherr von Vogelsang

Karl Freiherr von Vogelsang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1818
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Legnica, Poland
Died: November 8, 1890

 38 Ladislas Aigner

Ladislas Aigner
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: September 14, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Hungary
Died: March 29, 1999