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Básti, Lajos (Louis) (Berger) (Keszthely, 17 November 1911 - Budapest, 1 June 1977) – Actor. He received his diploma at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Budapest in 1935. Until 1937 he was member of the Inner City Theater (Belvárosi Színház), Budapest. He became noticed in the role of Dunois in Shaw’s St. Joan. Between 1937-1939 he had important roles at the Comedy Theater (Vígszínház), Budapest, in the plays of Maugham, Hunyady, Molnár, O’Neill, Bókay and Deval. Afterwards he appeared at the Hungarian Theater (Magyar Színház) in Huszka’s Tokay Wine (Tokaji aszú) and in János Vaszary’s The Devil is Not Sleeping (Az Ördög nem alszik). In 1945 he was contracted by the Artist’s Theater (Művész Színház). He played the SS officer in Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down (A Hold), and the Actor in Molnár’s Prologue to King Lear (Előjáték Lear Királyhoz). He played Ádám in Madách’s The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája), and the title role in Katona’s Bánk bán. Some of his important roles were Almaviva in Beaumarchais’ Marriage of Figaro (Figaró házassága); Armand Duval in Dumas’ The Lady of the Camelias (La Dame aux Camélias – Kaméliás hölgy); Menenius Agrippa in Shakespeare-Brecht’s Coriolanus; Chancellor Ferdinand in Schiller’s Love and Intrigue (Ármány és szerelem); Senator in Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth (Az ifjúság édes madara), and Edgar in Strindberg’s The Dance
of Death (Haláltánc).
He gave an outstanding interpretation in the role of H. Higgins in G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion, as well as in its musical version, My Fair Lady. He was an outstanding recitalist, taught speech technique at the Academy for years. He was contracted by the Hungarian Radio, as well as by the Television. Some of his feature film roles were St Peter’s Umbrella (Szent Péter esernyője) (1935), Momentary Cash-Flow Problem (Pillanyatnyi pénzzavar) (1937); Siege of Beszterce (Beszterce ostroma) (1948, 1955); Daytime Darkness (Nappali sötétség) (1963); The Baron’s Sons i-ii (A kőszívű ember fiai, I, II) (1964), and A Hungarian Nabob – Zoltán Kárpáthy (Egy magyar nábob – Kárpáthy Zoltán) (1966). His book entitled What Are You Thinking About, Adam? (Mire gondolsz, Ádám?), was published in 1962. In it he analyzed the role he played five hundred times. He was awarded the Best Interpretation Award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival, the Kossuth Prize, and was Outstanding Artist, and Artist of Merit titles. – B: 0871, 1439, 1445, T: 7684.

Báthory, Gábor (Gabriel) (Solt, 26 January 1755 - Nagykőrös, 12 February 1842) – Bishop of the Reformed Church. He studied at the schools of Solt, Kecskemét, and Debrecen, and from 1876 in Marburg and other universities in Germany and in Switzerland. He ministered in Tass in 1798, Dunapataj in 1792, Pest in 1796, and Nagykőrös in 1838. He was Bishop of the Danubian Church District from 1814 until his death. He was founder of the Reformed Congregation of Pest, and he built the Calvin Square Church, completed in 1830. He worked patiently and effectively in church organizations, pastoral work and in politics. His writings include Evangelical Service Pleasing to the Lord God (Az úr Istennek tetsző evangéliumi szolgálat) (1808); Evangelical Christian Tolerance…(Az evangéliumi keresztyén tolerancia…) (1822); Could There Be, Is There a One-and-Only Redeeming Church? (Lehet-e, van-e egyedül üdvözitő ecclesia?) (1822). He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1817. – B: 0910, T: 7103.

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