Béres, Ilona (Helen) (Kispest, 4 June 1942 - ) – Actress. She did her higher studies at the Academy of Dramatic Art, Budapest (1960-1964), where she studied with Géza Pártos. She was a member of the Csokonai Theater (Csokonai Színház), Debrecen (1964-1966); the Madách Theater (Madách Színház), Budapest, (1966-1967); the National Theater (Nemzeti Színház), Budapest (1967-1969); the Comedy Theater (1969-1984) (Vígszínház); the National Theater (Nemzeti Színház) (1984-2000) and from 2000, the Hungarian Theater of Pest (Pesti Magyar Színház), and is President of the Hungarian National Actors’ Association. She played more than 75 major classical and modern roles, including Vilma in M. Füst’s The Unhappy Ones (Boldogtalanok); Hippia in Madách’s The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája); Hermia in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer-Night’s Dream (Szeniványéji álom); Alma Winemiller in T. Williams’ Summer and Smoke (Nyár és füst); Natasa in Chechov’s Three Sisters (Három nővér); Beatrix in Molnár’s The Swan (Hattyú), and Albertin Prine in L. Hellman’s Toys in the Attic (Rejtett játékok). She also appeared in a number of feature films including Rainy Sunday (Esős vasárnap); The Golden Man (Az aranyember); Golden Kite (Aranysárkány), Lost Illusions (Elveszett illúziók), and TV plays such as The Reigning Prince (A fejedelem); Gabseck; Girls of Tündérlak (Tündérlaki lányok), and Hospitality (Vendéglátás). She received the Mari Jászai Prize (1973) the titles of Merited Artist and Outstanding Artist (1983, 1996) the Officer’s Cross of Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1992), and the Kossuth Prize (2000). She is Life Member of the National Theater, Budapest. – B: 1120, 1439, 1445, T: 7103.
Béres, József (Joseph) (Záhony, 7 February 1920 - Kisvárda, 26 March 2006) – Research chemist. His higher studies were at the Agricultural College at Gödöllő (1965). He did post-graduate studies in Engineering. He fought in World War II (1941-1945) and has been injured. After his return he was a co-operative manager, construction worker, and Head of the Laboratory of the State Agricultural Farm at Kisvárda. From 1964 to 1989 he was employed as a research fellow by the Agricultural Experimental Research Institute of Nyírség until his retirement in 1989. In 1989 he was one of the founders of Béres Export-Import Ltd.; and since 1990 he was a member of a Budapest research team. Beside his agricultural research he turned toward the investigation of cancerous growths in humans and their prevention. He developed an anti-cancer drug, the “Béres Drops” (Béres Cseppek), invented during the early 1970s. Taking the drops not only alleviated the pain associated with advanced cancer, but in some cases it cured the cancer itself. The chemist, who worked in Kisvárda, could not accept money for the drug that he developed because he was not a qualified physician. The fame of Béres Drops soon traveled abroad as well and, as a consequence, many hopeless cancer patients visited him. He went bankrupt and later became mentally ill. Under Hungarian public pressure and opinion, as well as the results of changes in the political system, the dramatic effect of the Béres Drops was demonstrated in a film presentation in 1987. It proved to be effective. However, it was not accepted officially as registered medication until 1991. The drug had to undergo all the regulatory animal and clinical experiments and tests. Finally, this natural drug was qualified as registered medication. In 1992 he isolated and induced the reproduction of genes triggering cellular proliferation in cell culture. His works include 47 scientific publications. He was honored with the Natural Healing Prize (1993), the Teichmann Prize (1995) and the Széchenyi Prize (2002). – B: 0873, 1473, T: 7103, 7660.