Famous Hungarian Women

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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 1 Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin
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Famous As: Fashion Model
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.

 2 Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Famous As: Socialite, Actress
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. 

 3 Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: July 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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 4 Eva Gabor

Eva Gabor
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Famous As: Played Lisa Douglas, the wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas, on the hit TV show Green Acres
Birthdate: February 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 4, 1995

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.

 5 Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

 6 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil
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Famous As: Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century
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.

 7 Big Nose Kate

Big Nose Kate
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Famous As: Prostitute
Birthdate: November 9, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Slovakia
Died: November 2, 1940
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 8 Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Báthory
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Famous As: Countess, Serial Killer
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.

 9 Katalin Karikó

Katalin Karikó
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Famous As: mRNA technology in immunology and therapies
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.

 10 Jadwiga of Poland

Jadwiga of Poland
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Famous As: Queen of Poland (1384-1399)
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.

 11 Anna Rudolf

Anna Rudolf
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary

 12 Timea Babos

Timea Babos
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary

 13 Ahna Capri

Ahna Capri
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 14 Ilona Staller

Ilona Staller
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Famous As: Pornographic actor, Politician
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.

 15 Jolie Gabor

Jolie Gabor
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Famous As: Jeweler, Socialite
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.

 16 Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria

Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria
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Famous As: Archduchess
Birthdate: April 22, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: September 6, 1924

 17 Sylvia Plachy

Sylvia Plachy
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Famous As: Photographer
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.

 18 Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
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.

 19 Eva Bartok

Eva Bartok
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, 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.

 20 Jázmin Dammak

Jázmin Dammak
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Famous As: Model
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.

 21 Elizabeth Swaney

Elizabeth Swaney
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Famous As: Freestyle skier
Birthdate: July 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California, United States

 22 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.

 23 Livia Zita

Livia Zita
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 24 Angelica Bella

Angelica Bella
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tiszalök

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.

 25 Katalin Novák

Katalin Novák
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Famous As: Member of National Assembly
Birthdate: September 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary

 26 Zita Gorog

Zita Gorog
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 27 Mya Diamond

Mya Diamond
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Famous As: Glamour model
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.

 28 Magda Gabor

Magda Gabor
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 29 Gisella Perl

Gisella Perl
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Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: December 16, 1988

 30 Katalin Vad

Katalin Vad
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 31 Emma Orczy

Emma Orczy
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tarnaörs, 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.

 32 Margaret Mahler

Margaret Mahler
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary
Died: October 2, 1985

 33 Geraldine of Albania

Geraldine of Albania
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 22, 2002

 34 Agnes Keleti

Agnes Keleti
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Famous As: Gymnast
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.  

 35 Gladys Vanderbilt Szechenyi

Gladys Vanderbilt Szechenyi
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Famous As: Heiress
Birthdate: August 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: January 29, 1965

 36 Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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.

 37 Anne of Bohemia and Hungary

Anne of Bohemia and Hungary
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: July 23, 1503
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: January 27, 1547

 38 Krisztina Egerszegi

Krisztina Egerszegi
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 39 Vica Kerekes

Vica Kerekes
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 40 Eszter Balint

Eszter Balint
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 41 Vilma Bánky

Vilma Bánky
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 42 Stephanie von Hohenlohe

Stephanie von Hohenlohe
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: September 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 13, 1972

 43 Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde

Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: September 21, 1812
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Romania
Died: October 1, 1841

 44 Katica Illényi

Katica Illényi
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Famous As: Violinist, Singer and Theremin Player
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.

 45 Ilona Massey

Ilona Massey
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 46 Magda Szabó

Magda Szabó
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Debrecen, Hungary
Died: November 19, 2007

 47 Olga Lengyel

Olga Lengyel
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transylvania
Died: April 15, 2001

The author of Five Chimneys, an autobiographical account of her time as a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Olga Lengyel was eventually the only survivor from her family. A physician’s assistant, she later moved to the US and formed the Memorial Library there, which now raises awareness about the Holocaust.

 48 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.

 49 Sofia Polgar

Sofia Polgar
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 50 Mary, Queen of Hungary

Mary, Queen of Hungary
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: April 14, 1371
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: May 17, 1395

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.