Steffi Duna
Hungarian actor
Steffi Duna
Steffi Duna was a Hungarian-born film actress popular in American and British films during the 1930s.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 82
    Died on April 22, 1992.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 30
    She retired from films in 1940, and died in Beverly Hills, California in 1992, aged 82.
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    In 1940 she married actor Dennis O'Keefe; they remained together until his death.
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  • 1938
    Age 28
    They divorced in 1938.
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  • 1936
    Age 26
    In 1936, she played the part of Nedda in the British film version of 'Pagliacci', starring Richard Tauber.
    More Details Hide Details The films in which she played lead roles such as Panama Lady (1939) with Lucille Ball, were popular but did not make her a major star. Her best remembered films are arguably some of those in which she played key supporting roles, such as Anthony Adverse (1936) and Waterloo Bridge (1940). In Anthony Adverse Duna performed as a halfcaste in the African sequence. Duna was married first to the actor John Carroll. The two performed together in Hi, Gaucho (1935). They had a daughter named Juliena Lefaye.
  • 1932
    Age 22
    When she first came to Hollywood in 1932, Duna could not speak a word of English.
    More Details Hide Details She made up her mind to learn quickly. Directors advised her to stay away from her Hungarian friends to speed up her learning of English. Within a few years she could speak six different languages. During the 1930s Duna played a variety of nationalities. However, despite her European background, she was often cast as fiery Latin femme fatales in films that made full use of her exotic and glamorous persona, such as La Cucaracha (1934) the first live-action short film made in three-strip Technicolor. She made her film debut in The Indiscretions of Eve (1932) in the starring role (along with Jessica Tandy also making her debut). Signed by RKO Radio Pictures, Duna played Guninana, the Eskimo wife of Francis Lederer, in Man of Two Worlds (1934). Also Czech, Lederer had performed with Duna in the Berlin, Germany presentation of Die Wunderbar.
    In 1932, she appeared on the London stage in the Revue Words and Music by Noël Coward, being one of the four actresses to create the song Mad about the Boy.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1910.
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