Born 1910 as Erzsébet Berindey in Budapest, Hungarian actress Steffi Duna started dancing at the age of nine and first attracted attention as a thirteen-year-old ballet dancer in Europe. She made her first stage appearance performing dramatized fairy tales at the Children’s Theater of Budapest.
Duna made her film debut in The Indiscretions of Eve (1932) in the starring role. Signed by RKO Radio Pictures, Duna played “Guninana”, the Eskimo wife of Francis Lederer, in Man of Two Worlds (1934). In 1936, she played the part of Nedda in the British film version of Pagliacci, starring Richard Tauber.
Films in which Duna played lead roles, such as Panama Lady (1939) with Lucille Ball, were popular but did not make her a major star. Her best remembered films include Anthony Adverse (1936) and Waterloo Bridge (1940).
Duna retired from acting in 1940 and died in 1992 of cancer at her home in Beverly Hills, aged 82. These beautiful photos captured portrait of a young Steffi Duna during her short career.