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Also Known As: Vilma Lonchit Died: March 18, 1991
Born: January 9, 1898 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: actor

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Delicately beautiful star of European silent films brought to the United States by Sam Goldwyn in 1925 and publicized as 'The Hungarian Rhapsody'. Banky enjoyed immediate success opposite Rudolph Valentino in Clarence Brown's "The Eagle" (1925) and "The Son of the Sheik" (1926), the latter Valentino's last film. Gary Cooper's long screen career began in a Banky showcase as he attempted "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926), but the ethereal star's most notable leading man was Ronald Colman, opposite whom she acted five times during her brief Hollywood heyday. Goldwyn first teamed the duo for the tearjerking "The Dark Angel" (1925), while later co-starring vehicles such as "The Magic Flame" and "The Night of Love" (both 1927) favored rank passion over sentiment.

Delicately beautiful star of European silent films brought to the United States by Sam Goldwyn in 1925 and publicized as 'The Hungarian Rhapsody'. Banky enjoyed immediate success opposite Rudolph Valentino in Clarence Brown's "The Eagle" (1925) and "The Son of the Sheik" (1926), the latter Valentino's last film. Gary Cooper's long screen career began in a Banky showcase as he attempted "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926), but the ethereal star's most notable leading man was Ronald Colman, opposite whom she acted five times during her brief Hollywood heyday. Goldwyn first teamed the duo for the tearjerking "The Dark Angel" (1925), while later co-starring vehicles such as "The Magic Flame" and "The Night of Love" (both 1927) favored rank passion over sentiment.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Rebel (1933) Erika Riederer
2.
 Die Sehnsucht Jeder Frau (1930) Mizzi
3.
 A Lady to Love (1930) Lena
4.
 This Is Heaven (1929) Eva Petrie
5.
 Two Lovers (1928) Donna Lenora de Vargas
6.
 The Awakening (1928) Marie Ducrot
7.
 The Night of Love (1927) Princess Marie
8.
 The Magic Flame (1927) The Aerial Artist [Bianca]
9.
 The Son of the Sheik (1926) Yasmin
10.
 The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) Barbara Worth
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1921:
Film acting debut in "Im letzen Augenblick" (Europe)
1925:
Discovered by Samuel Goldwyn; moved to USA; made first Hollywood films, "The Eagle" opposite Rudolph Valentino, and "The Dark Angel", her first of five films opposite Ronald Colman
1926:
Hollywood stardom confirmed: reteamed with Valentino for "The Son of the Sheik" and with Colman for "The Winning of Barbara Worth"
1928:
Last of five films opposite Colman, "Two Lovers"
1929:
First film with sound, "This Is Heaven"
1930:
Acted in the all-talking film, "A Lady to Love" and its German-language version, "Die Sehnsucht jeder Frau"
1932:
Made final film "Der Rebell/The Rebel"
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husband:
Rod La Rocque. Actor. Married 1927 until his death in 1969.

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