Famous Hungarian Women

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Known to be prettiest and smartest in the world, Hungarian women have been the owners of that title for quite a while now. Maybe it's the perks of mixing with many nations during their ancestral years; the Hungarian women stand out as exotic beauties with their physical attributes varying from place to place. Not just known for their beauty, Hungarian women are also highly regarded for their intellect and their desire to always pursue higher degrees. But the accolades for the Hungarian women do not end there! Their list of achievements and contribution towards the empowerment of the Hungarian women is way more powerful than words can describe.

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Barbara Palvin
(Fashion Model)
Barbara Palvin
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Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian model Barbara Palvin gained fame after appearing in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was later named a Victoria's Secret Angel. She has modeled for top-notch brands such as Prada and Chanel. She was also seen as Greek mythological figure Antimache in the 2014 film Hercules.
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Zsa Zsa Gabor
(Actress & Socialite)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 18, 2016
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a stage actor and also became Miss Hungary before she moved to the U.S. Fans loved her in Moulin Rouge and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. She was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and her nine marriages, including one to hotelier Conrad Hilton. 
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Elizabeth Báthory
(Hungarian Noblewoman and Serial Killer)
Elizabeth Báthory
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Birthdate: August 7, 1560
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyírbátor, Hungary
Died: August 21, 1614
Known as The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula, Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman who was accused of killing at least 650 young women from 1590 to 1610. She was also accused of cannibalism and bathing in the blood of her victims. She evaded punishment and died in house arrest.
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Judit Polgár
(Chess player)
Judit Polgár
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Birthdate: July 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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Ilona Staller
(Hungarian Former Pornographic Actress and Member of the Chamber of Deputies (1987 - 1992))
Ilona Staller
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Birthdate: November 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Magda Gabor
(Hungarian-American Actress and Socialite)
Magda Gabor
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Birthdate: June 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 6, 1997

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.

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Big Nose Kate
(Prostitute)
Big Nose Kate
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Birthdate: November 9, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Slovakia
Died: November 2, 1940
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Amrita Shergil
(Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century)
Amrita Shergil
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Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 5, 1941

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter best remembered as a pioneer of modern Indian art. Widely regarded as one of the early-20th century's greatest avant-garde women artists, Sher-Gil's work has influenced several Indian artists like Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza. Her life and career inspired the 1969 documentary film Amrita Sher-Gil which was directed by Bhagwan Das Garga.

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Katinka Hosszu
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Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
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Katalin Karikó
(mRNA technology in immunology and therapies)
Katalin Karikó
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Birthdate: January 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Szolnok, Hungary

Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó is best known for her research on mRNA, which led scientists to develop the first mRNA-based vaccine in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. After working at the Biological Research Centre in Szeged, she moved to the US due to lack of funding.

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Jadwiga of Poland
(Former Queen of Poland (1384 - 1399))
Jadwiga of Poland
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Birthdate: 1373 AD
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: July 17, 1399

Jadwiga of Poland reigned over the Kingdom of Poland as its first female monarch from 1384 until her death in 1399. Regarded as one of Poland's greatest rulers, Jadwiga is often compared to Casimir the Great and Bolesław the Brave. Also remembered for her charitable activities, Jadwiga of Poland established new schools, hospitals, and churches.

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Elizabeth of Hungary
(Saint and Princess of the Kingdom of Hungary)
Elizabeth of Hungary
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Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: November 17, 1231

Elizabeth, the daughter of Hungarian king Andrew II, was married at 14 but lost her husband to a plague in Italy at 20. She then joined the Third Order of St. Francis and opened a hospital for the poor. She is revered as the patron saint of the homeless.

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Anna Rudolf
(Chess player)
Anna Rudolf
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Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
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Timea Babos
(Tennis player)
Timea Babos
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Birthdate: May 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary
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Ahna Capri
(Actress)
Ahna Capri
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 19, 2010

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.

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Katalin Novák
(Member of National Assembly)
Katalin Novák
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Birthdate: September 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
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Hannah Szenes
(Writer, Poet)
Hannah Szenes
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Birthdate: July 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: November 7, 1944

Hungarian Jewish poet and SOE member Hannah Szenes went down in history for voluntarily parachuting into occupied Europe during World War II to assist the Allied forces and the armed resistance against the Nazis. Captured at the Hungarian border, she was eventually tortured and executed by a firing squad.

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Angelica Bella
(Pornographic Actress)
Angelica Bella
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Birthdate: February 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tiszalök, Hungary
Died: May 7, 2021

Hungarian brunette beauty Angelica Bella began her career in the porn industry as Gabriella Dari. Initially a favorite of German producers, she later became a huge name in Italy. Known for her hardcore porn films that included anal sex, she has  now retired and runs an online sex shop.

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Vica Kerekes
(Actress)
Vica Kerekes
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Birthdate: March 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fiľakovo, Slovakia

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.

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Sylvia Plachy
(Hungarian-American Photographer Best Known for Weekly Pictures in 'The Village Voice')
Sylvia Plachy
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Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born in Hungary, Sylvia Plachy fled to the US with her family after the Hungarian Revolution. Now a renowned photographer, she is mainly known for her stint with the US newsweekly The Village Voice. A Guggenheim fellow and a Lucie Award winner, she is also the mother of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.

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Aletta Ocean
(Hungarian Pornographic Actress)
Aletta Ocean
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Birthdate: December 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Aleska Diamond
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Birthdate: August 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Komló, Baranya, Hungary

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.

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Eva Bartok
(Hungarian-British Actress Who Acted in American, British, German, Hungarian, French and Israeli Films)
Eva Bartok
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Birthdate: June 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kecskemét, Hungary
Died: August 1, 1998

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.

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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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Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria
(The Last Child of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria)
Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria
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Birthdate: April 22, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: September 6, 1924

Archduchess Marie Valerie was the last child of Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary, and Empress Elisabeth. Rumors also claimed she was an illegitimate child of Elisabeth and Gyula Andrássy. He marriage to her third cousin, Archduke Franz Salvator, was criticized for not being dynastic.

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Jázmin Dammak
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Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Named Miss Universe Hungary 2008, Jázmin Dammak was born to a Hungarian mother and a Tunisian father. The gorgeous model later stepped into acting and stunned audiences with her role of Vampire princess Sonja in the 2003 movie Underworld. She has also been part of the series A Konyhafönök VIP.

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Katalin Vad
(Actress)
Katalin Vad
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Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hungary

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.

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Elizabeth Swaney
(Freestyle skier)
Elizabeth Swaney
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Birthdate: July 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California, United States
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Andrea Osvárt
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Birthdate: April 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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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Livia Zita
(Singer)
Livia Zita
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Birthdate: December 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Zita Gorog
(Actress)
Zita Gorog
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Birthdate: September 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nagybátony, Nógrád County, Hungary

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.

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Monique Covét
(Adult film star)
Monique Covét
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Birthdate: July 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian porn actor Monique Covét, also known as Monika Visi, was scouted by French hardcore porn director Pierre Woodman while on a modeling assignment in Paris. The Venus Award winner is now a certified sex therapist and offers online consultation on sexual and personality issues.

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Gisella Perl
(Gynecologist)
Gisella Perl
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Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: December 16, 1988
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Mya Diamond
(Glamour model)
Mya Diamond
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Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marcali

Hungarian porn star and model Mya Diamond, also known as Julia Duval, gained fame with series such as House of Taboo and is loved by her fans for her foot fetish scenes. Initially interested in languages, she mastered German. She got her first porn offer while modelling during her university days.

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Anette Dawn
(Make-up artist)
Anette Dawn
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Birthdate: May 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salgótarján, Hungary

Anett Bocsi, better known by her pseudonym Anette Dawn, was a make-up artist earlier and stepped into the porn industry at 23. While she initially only filmed solo and lesbian porn with Eastern European models, she later quit the adult industry and became one of the highest-paid luxury escorts in Hungary.

Gladys Vanderbilt Szechenyi
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Birthdate: August 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: January 29, 1965
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Jolie Gabor
(Jeweler and Socialite & Mother of Actresses 'Magda', 'Zsa Zsa' and 'Eva Gabor')
Jolie Gabor
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Birthdate: September 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 1, 1997

Jolie Gabor, also known as Mama Jolie, was a renowned socialite and the mother of the actor sisters Zsa Zsa, Magda, and Eva Gabor. Born into a family of famous Hungarian jewelers, she herself owned multiple jewelry shops in Hungary and later established her business in the US.

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Niki Belucci
(Hungarian DJ and Former Pornographic Actress)
Niki Belucci
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Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Initially a promising and award-winning gymnast from Budapest, Niki Belucci had to end her sports career due to an injury at 15. While working at a lingerie store, she was scouted by an adult industry agent. After working as a porn actor, she eventually became one of the most successful DJs of Hungary.

Geraldine of Albania
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Birthdate: August 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 22, 2002
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Margaret Mahler
(Physician)
Margaret Mahler
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Birthdate: May 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary
Died: October 2, 1985
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Sofia Polgar
(Chess player)
Sofia Polgar
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Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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Vilma Bánky
(Hungarian-American Silent Film Actress)
Vilma Bánky
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Birthdate: January 9, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagydorog, Hungary
Died: March 18, 1991

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.

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Judith Leiber
(Fashion Designer)
Judith Leiber
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Birthdate: 1921 AD
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 28, 2018

Legendary Hungarian-American designer Judith Leiber started her career as a trainee at a handbag company and was the first female member of the Hungarian Handbag Guild. She survived the Holocaust and later launched her own label in the US. She is known for her signature crystal purse collections.

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Agnes Keleti
(Gymnast)
Agnes Keleti
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Birthdate: January 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Agnes Keleti is a Hungarian-Israeli former artistic gymnast and coach. A former Olympic and world champion, Keleti won 10 Olympic medals including two bronze medals, three silver medals, and five gold medals. She is regarded as one of the most successful Jewish Olympians of all time. In 2001, Agnes Keleti was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.  

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Eszter Balint
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Birthdate: July 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

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Krisztina Egerszegi
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Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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Baroness Orczy
(British Novelist and Playwright Best Known for Her Series of Novels Featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel)
Baroness Orczy
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Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tarnaörs, Heves County, Hungary
Died: November 12, 1947

Best known for her historical novel The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hungarian-British novelist Emma Orczy was the only child of noted composer Baron Felix Orczy. While she initially studied art, she later took to writing. Apart from the Pimpernel sequels, she also penned several collections of detective stories, such as Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.

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Ilona Massey
(Actress)
Ilona Massey
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Birthdate: June 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 20, 1974

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.

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Katica Illényi
(Violinist, Singer and Theremin Player)
Katica Illényi
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Birthdate: February 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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.

Some of the women whose names just cannot go unsaid are: Judit Polgar, Eva Marton, Krisztina Egerszegi and Vilma Hugonnai. Know more about famous Hungarian women and how they strive for the betterment of their future and are slowly making a difference to the world in their own special way.