Vilma Bánky

Film Actress
Born Jan 9, 1901
Hometown Nagydorog
Died Mar 18, 1991
Death Place Los Angeles
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality Hungarian

Vilma Bánky was a Hungarian-born American silent film actress, although the early part of her acting career began in Budapest, spreading to France, Austria, and Germany. Banky was best known for her roles in The Eagle and The Son of the Sheik with Rudolph Valentino and several romantic teamings with Ronald Colman.… Read More

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1901 Birth She was born Vilma Koncsics on January 9, 1901 to János Koncsics and Katalin Ulbert in Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary. … Read More


1919 18 Years Old Her first film appearance was in the now lost film, Im Letzten Augenblick, directed by Carl Boese in Germany in 1919.


1925 24 Years Old 1 More Event
On a trip to Budapest in 1925, Hollywood film producer Samuel Goldwyn discovered and signed her to a contract.
1927 26 Years Old She married actor Rod La Rocque in 1927; they remained married until his death in 1969. … Read More
1928 27 Years Old By 1928, she had begun announcing her intention to retire in a few years.


1981 80 Years Old Her post Hollywood years were spent selling real estate with her husband and playing golf, her favorite sport. In 1981, Bánky established an educational fund called the Banky – La Rocque Foundation, which is still in operation.
1991 90 Years Old Vilma Bánky died on March 18, 1991, from cardiopulmonary failure, aged 90, but notice of her death was not made public until the following year. … Read More
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