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Handsome Hungarian actor, one of the greatest silent stars of his country and the first Hungarian to make a film in the USA (for Cecil B.DeMille).
became a matinée idol on stage and made his Hungarian screen debut in 1913.
1920 saw him in his first major German/Austrian co-production, starring
opposite Pola Negri in Camille (1920).
Elegant and with impeccable manners, Varconi went on to share the screen with some of silent film's loveliest and talented ladies, including Agnes Ayres, Marie Prevost and Jetta Goudal. His performance as the cuckolded husband of Phyllis Haver's flashy jailbird Roxie Hart in the silent version of Chicago (1927) was exceptional. His last major silent role was that of Nelson in The Divine Lady (1929) co-starring Oscar-nominated Corinne Griffith as Emma Hamilton.
The arrival of sound caused major problems for Varconi, who had a thick accent, and he regressed to ethnic character roles - often playing foreign or royal dignitaries, continental cads or cultivated villains. The forced move probably added years to his Hollywood life. World War II used his talents playing nefarious Axis commanders in spy intrigue and war dramas. In The Hitler Gang (1944), he played an excellent Rudolf Hess. Varconi also appeared in many of DeMille's talking epics such as The Plainsman (as an Indian chief, 1936), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Unconquered (1947) and Samson and Delilah (1949).Later in his career he turned to the stage, especially in Shakespearean roles, radio and television.
This is a superb early ROSS sepia postcard of a very young Varconi, boldly signed across the image in dark blue fountain pen ink. In excellent condition. RARE.