On This Day – January 9

Hungarian-born silent film actress Vilma Banky was born on this day sometime between 1898 and 1903. Her year of birth has been widely disputed. Her death certificate even lists the year as unknown.  She is best known as the leading lady in two Valentino pictures, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik. She married silent film heartthrob Rod La Rocque in 1927 and they were married until his death in 1969. She passed away on March 18, 1991.

Vilma Banky