January 24, 2014
One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s died at her home. In 1956 she immigrated to West Germany. She was 84 years old.
Violetta Ferrari was born on April 25, 1930 in Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary, to an Italian soldier who remained in Hungary after World War I, but was raised in the capital city of Budapest. She began acting by appearing in kindergarten plays and in the radio performing troupe Uncle Siliga children's theater.
Later she trained at the Theatre and Film Academy, where she excelled as a student participating in theater performances. After graduating in 1949 she signed on with the National Theatre where she participated in leading roles of classic and contemporary plays. She appeared on the Hungarian stage in such plays as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet” other plays included “Ophelia” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.
In 1956, Violetta and her husband Sandor Szabo fled the country during the Russian Riots, for Germany where she created her second acting career in German-speaking musicals, comedies and feature films. She achieved biggest dream role with the leading female role in the stage play “Caesar and Cleopatra”. Violetta Ferrari is the only Hungarian actress who in recent decades had a real career abroad. She also lived in Austria and Italy.
In 1997, she moved back to Hungary. She was not visible on the stage because of a panic disorder and her doctors barred her from performing.
Born: 4/25/1930 Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary
Died: 1/23/2014, Budapest, Hungary
Violetta’s western – actress:
Prairie Saloon (TV) – 1966 (Claire)