World-famous stars whose parents are Hungarian – PHOTOS
There are many more people in the world with Hungarian ancestry than one would think. From Hollywood stars to the Queen, numerous people have Hungarian forefathers and foremothers. In this article, we have gathered some famous people whose parents – either one or both – were or are Hungarian.
Mariska Hargitay is one of the highest paid actresses today. Few may know that the star is half Hungarian: her father, Miklós Hargitay, was born in Budapest. He later emigrated to the United States to pursue a career as a bodybuilder, winning the title of Mr Universe in 1955. Mariska spoke Hungarian at home with her dad from a young age, nlc.hu writes. As a child, she spent a lot of time in Budapest and at Lake Balaton.
Rachel Weisz. Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Montclair Film
The actress of The Mummy is also half Hungarian: her father György Weisz was a Hungarian engineer and inventor. In 1938, the family fled to England to escape Nazi persecution. There, the actress was born in 1970. She has played in movies like Disobedience, Black Widow and Dream House. Her husband is Daniel Craig.
Drew Barrymore. Source: Wikimedia Commons/Angela George
Drew Barrymore’s mother is actress Jaid Barrymore, who was born Ildikó Makó in 1946 in a refugee camp near Munich. Drew Barrymore’s name first came to the world’s attention in 1982, when she was cast as a little girl in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Drew Barrymore comes from the Barrymore and Costello families on her father’s side, both famous Hollywood acting families, femina.hu writes. On her mother’s side, she has Hungarian ancestry, her mother Ildikó Makó was born in West Germany in a camp for Hungarian refugees after World War II.
Goldie Hawn. Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Siebbi
Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson’s mother, also has a Hungarian parent. Hawn’s mother, Laura Steinhoff, was born in Hungary. The family moved to the United States before World War II. Goldie was born in Washington, D.C., in 1945. The actress visited Budapest in 2012: “In Hungary with my sister, discovering roots. What fun!”
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis. Source: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore
Jamie Lee Curtis’ Hungarian connection is no surprise. Her father, the acting legend Tony Curtis, was born Schwartz Bernát and learned to speak Hungarian because of his father. Jamie Lee Curtis has starred in movies like Halloween, Terror Train and Escape from New York.
Calvin Klein. Source: Wikimedia Commons/ David Shankbone
Although his name sounds rather German at first, the fashion icon is actually from our small country. His father, Leo Klein, was born in Hungary. However, Calvin Klein was born and raised in New York.
Nicolas Sarkozy. Wikimedia Commons/World Economic Forum
A famous politician whose origins are clearly revealed by his name. The father of the former French president, Pál Sárközy, was born in Budapest in 1928 to a Hungarian peasant family and emigrated to France at the age of 20. The then-future president was born here in 1955.