I would like to have met my great-grandparents, they sounded very interesting. In the early part of the 20th century, they both walked across Europe from Hungary and found passage to America. They arrived in New York in the 1920s and ended up joining a political and social group for Hungarian Communists in New York.
Yeah, sounds oddly specific to me too, but this is my family’s story.
Anyway, this group was organized enough to have a budget with a decent amount of money for club activities. As it should, it had a treasurer. This treasurer was a young Hungarian actor who was a hit on Broadway in a major production, but had hopes of movie stardom.
One day, he disappeared, the money left with him, and they never saw him again- until they saw him up on the screen while watching one of the most famous horror films of all time.
I am, of course, talking about Bela Lugosi.
My grandmother told me this story. I don’t know if it’s true, but I want it to be true.
Do you have any family connections to actors, writers, directors, crew members, etc. of MST3K movies?
Oh, and apparently the group was into free love, so my great-grandmother, who was known for her beauty, probably screwed Bela. My father used to joke that he was my real great-grandfather. The problem is my grandmother looked a whole like her father and not at all like Bela Lugosi.
How fortunate! This simplifies everything!