Sári Fedák

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The native form of this personal name is Fedák Sarolta Klára Mária. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Sári Fedák
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Born (1879-10-26)October 26, 1879
Beregszász, Austria-Hungary, Zakarpattia
Died May 25, 1955(1955-05-25) (aged 75)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Years active 1912-1941
Spouse(s) Ferenc Molnár (m. 1922–25)

Sári Fedák (26 October 1879, Beregszász (present-day Berehove, Ukraine) – 25 May 1955, Budapest, Hungary) was a Hungarian actress and singer, one of the most well-known prima donnas of her time. According to American journalist and non-fiction writer Richard Traubner, Fedák and Sári Petráss remain "the two best-remembered Hungarian female operetta stars of all time".[1]


She studied acting with Szidi Rákosi until 1899, beginning her career the same year with the Magyar Színház theatre company. Beginning in 1900 she played in Pozsony (now Bratislava), and in several theatres in Budapest, including Népszínház, Király Színház, and Vígszínház. Following World War I, she spoke out against the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Later, during the era of the Hungarian Soviet Republic she agitated for joining the Red Army. [clarification needed]

After the fall of the Republic, Fedák fled to Vienna, but was captured and held in prison at Wiener Neustadt for a short time. As she supported the Republic, she could play in only Vienna from 1920-21. She made appearances in Berlin and Paris in 1921 and 1925. In 1934, she toured several American cities. [clarification needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1922 she married writer Ferenc Molnár, after a six-year relationship. The couple divorced in 1925 or 1926, after "he had accused her of intimacy with 42 gentlemen, and she had replied in kind with a list of 142 ladies".[2]

In 1923, she became a member of the Fővárosi Operettszínház theatre. Starting in 1940, she was the leading actress in the Új Magyar Színház theatre. In 1944, working at the Donausender radio station in Vienna, she rallied for Hungary to continue the fight in World War II on the side of Nazi Germany and was sentenced to eight months in prison after the war. She was also banned from playing in theatres for three years. She never appeared on stage again.[citation needed] After being released from prison, she moved to Nyáregyháza, retiring from active life. She died in 1955, aged 75, and was interred in Budapest's Farkasréti Cemetery.

Selected filmography[edit]



  • [1] - Sári Fedák in the Hungarian Theatrical Lexicon (György, Székely. Magyar Színházművészeti Lexikon. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1994; ISBN 978-963-05-6635-3), freely available on mek.oszk.hu (in Hungarian)
  • Tibor, Bános . Aki szelet vet. Budapest:Magvető 1986.

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