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Katalin Szentpály was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Her father was a well-known film producer and her mother an active social democrat who was forced to escape Hungary in the early 1950's. Katalin was raised mostly by her father until they were able to escape during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. They emigrated to New York, where they met Katalin's mother and where Katalin went to an American boarding school run by Hungarian nuns. She later moved to Sarasota, Florida after marrying her husband, also a refugee in 1956, Desi Bognár.
Interview conducted by Andrea Lauer Rice and Réka Pigniczky in Sarasota, Florida in May of 2015.