Ilona Staller is a former porn star, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity by appearing in Telefono rosso, the first Italian hardcore pornography production, and then went on to pose nude in Playboy's editions around the world. In 1980, an erotic series titled La Cicciolina was made based on Ilona Staller's life and career.
Apart from being a rock and heavy metal singer, who has also worked with the Danish band King Diamond, Livia Zita is also a talented voiceover artist who specializes in accented English for commercials. She has also lent her voice to video games and animation films.
Renowned Hungarian thereminist and violinist Katica Illényi was born into a musical family and is now best known to international listeners for her video Once Upon a Time in the Wild West, which went viral on social media. Apart from classical music, she has also experimented with jazz and folk music.
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.
Known as the Hungarian Janis Joplin, Sarolta Zalatnay started her career with teen pop and eventually graduated to rock music. Also known as Cini, she turned into a political activist in post-Communist Hungary. She later stunned her fans by posing nude for Playboy in her 50s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best known for her appearances in Richard Wagner’s operas such as Tristan und Isolde, Hungarian opera singer Katharina Klafsky started her career as a chorus singer and a music trainer. Also known for her roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Beethoven’s Fidelio, she died of brain cancer at age 41.