Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Vilma Banky, performed in Hungarian, Austrian and French movies between 1920 and 1925. In Hollywood she was billed as the "The Hungarian Rhapsody". By the mid 1920s she was Goldwyn's biggest money maker. Her best known works were with Rudolph Valentino: In The Eagle (1925) and in The Son of the Sheik (1926). Her first talking movie was This Is Heaven (1929). She toured the U.S. in "Cherries Are Ripe" with her husband Rod La Rocque. In 1930 she went with him to Germany to make her last film.

Was an avid golfer who was still playing well into her 80s.

Her wedding to actor Rod La Rocque was considered one of the most extravagant of all Hollywood parties at the time.

Banky spoke no English when first discovered .

Rudolph Valentino picked Vilma Banky as his leading lady in what would be his final film "The Son Of The Sheik".


  1. Dawn, you have posted such beautiful photos of Vilma Banky. She was wonderful with Valentino in both The Son of the Sheik and in The Eagle. Vilma's marriage to actor Rod La Rocque lasted about 40 years until he died in the late 1960's. Thanks for posting!

  2. Silent, Thank you for adding to Vilma Banky, fun facts! I would love to have the dress with the scalloped hems. :)

  3. Dawn, that dress is so beautiful. It's even stylish today.


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