Melchior Lengyel

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Balmazújváros, Austria-Hungary
Born Lebovics Menyhért, Lengyel started out as a correspondent for Hungarian newspapers in Switzerland and became a well-known journalist, author, and critic in Germany and Austria where he published numerous plays and established friendships with Ernst Lubitsch and other German theater greats with whom he later worked in Hollywood. He visited the US twice in 1921 and 1924, where he maintained a diary of American theater life and met Eugene O'Neill whose work he later produced in Germany. He moved to England in 1933 as a correspondent for the Budapest "Pesti Naplo" and then followed Lubitsch to America in 1935. Read more...