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May 24, 2019

Oscar-winning Hungarian producer Anna Udvardy dies aged 70

Movie producer Anna Udvardy, the only Hungarian to have received an Academy Award in that capacity, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 70, her son announced on Facebook.

“She spent 50 years in the movie business, which was her life. She had her moments of joy and her share of disappointments, and though many chose to ignore her success, to this day my mother remains the only Oscar-winning (Hungarian) producer,” András Kis wrote on his mother’s official Facebook page.

The short lived action 2016 film Sing (Hungarian title: Mindenki, meaning everybody) directed by Kristóf Deák and produced by Anna Undvardy won the Oscar in its category in 2017. Udvardy was one of only fifteen Hungarians or persons of Hungarian extraction to win an Oscar.

The first person of Hungarian extraction to win an Academy Award was art director William S. Darling (1882-1963), born Vilmos Béla Sándorházi in Hungary. He won three Oscars as art director for Cavalcade (1933), The Song of Bernadette (1943) and Anna and the King of Siam (1946).

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