Born: 05/26/1917, Hungary
Died: 12/01/2009, Los Angeles, California
Spouse: Mr. István Örményi
Number of children: 3
Education: School of Acting
Active role in the revolution: YES
In United States of America
Arrival: 1957, Los Angeles
Occupation: Actress, Real Estate Salesperson
Workplace: From Home, Los Angeles, California
Awards: Performed on stage in Hollywood, for Hungarian Communities all over in US, Europe, Hungary
Kossuth Prize-winning actress of the Hungarian National Theater.
President of Remember Hungary 1956
Dame of Malta
Awards from three Presidents of Hungary
Active leader of World Federation of Hungarian Freedom Fighters (WFHFF)
Éva Szörényi (May 26, 1917 – December 1, 2009) was a Kossuth Prize-winning actress of the Hungarian National Theatre. Her acting career started in the early 1930s playing leading roles in over 20 motion pictures, a result of which she quickly became famous and beloved by the Hungarian people. Her voice was also heard frequently on the radio.
When the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 broke out, Szörényi actively participated in the events. After the November 4, 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary she left her country with her family to escape communist persecution and settled with her husband, István Örményi, and three sons, István, Tamás and Gábor, in Los Angeles.
In exile, Szörényi played an active role in the World Federation of Hungarian Freedom Fighters (WFHFF). She vowed not to visit Hungary until the last occupying Soviet soldier had left Hungary. When that happened, she returned to Hungary for the first time in 1991.
Since 1957, Szörényi has organized fund-raising events for WFHFF in the form of literary evenings, such as regular Széchenyi Tea parties and others. An active member of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters, she became the president of the Remember Hungary 1956 committee to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the revolution.
Éva Szörényi won awards from Presidents of Hungary Árpád Göncz, Ferenc Mádl and László Sólyom.
• Kossuth Prize – 1952
• Meritorious Artist – 1954
• Magyarország Kiváló Művésze díj – 1955 (Leading Actress of Hungary)