Oscar Beregi was a theater and movie actor. He is mostly known as Isadora Duncan's boyfriend, whom she named in her autobigraphy as Romeo (later he became top-Sheakspearean actor).In English resources not much was written about him. But here what I have found out. He was born on 24 Janaury, 1876, in Budapest. From the young age he was gifted with acting talent, that's why,as a teen, he was hired to the theatre by the director ofthe country'sfinesttroupe. At school he was a bad student, but was a good athlet. In 1899he became amember of the
NationalTheatrein Budapest. He studied in University of Budapest on thephilosophicalfaculty. In 1919 left Hungary becuse of the revolutionary events and went to Vienna.
Oscar Beregi and Norma Talmadge on a poster "Camille"
In 1925 he arrived to Hollywood and stayed there for four years. During that time the actor was filmed in several silent pictures. The most famous was "Camille"(1926), where his partner was Norma Talmadge. In 1930 became a memberof the
HungarianTheatre, buthas performed in severalothertheatersin Budapest. During the World War
II from 1930 to 1946, beacuse of his origin he could not play on the stage. In 1946 emigratedto South America and then to Los Angeles, where he stayed untill his death. He has died on October 18, 1965 in Hollywood, California, USA. His body was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica.
Oscar Beregi with his daughter Lea
He was twice married and had two children: daughter Lea and son Oscar Beregi Jr., who became an actor too. Beregi also wrote his autobiography, but it wasn't pulished and the manuscript ispreserved inthe national
library'sTheatreDepartment. The fragment of his autobiography you could read in Peter Kurth's book "Isadora: A Sensational Life".