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She was born as Ilona Zimka near Budapest. She married Istvan Hertelendy in 1940. She became a successful stage actress in Budapest, essaying such roles as Ophelia (Hamlet), Irina (Chekhov's Three Sisters), in Molnar's Liliom and in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls.
She continued to act on television in such series as Peter Gunn, Perry Mason, Barnaby Jones, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, and Columbo. Among her television roles was as murderer Helga Dolwig in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Impetuous Imp." Notable films in which she appeared include Rosemary's Baby, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Girl from Petrovka, Two-Minute Warning, Being There and Christmas Lilies of the Field. Others included independent films such as Return (1985).
Hanna Hertelendy was the third and last wife of film star Robert Walker, whom she married on July 27, 1949. Walker died at the age of 32 in 1951, reportedly due to an allergic reaction to a drug administered by his psychiatrist. Hertelendy was married four times; her last husband was Hungarian-American actor Stephen Bekassy.
She died in her West Hollywood, California home on May 15, 2008, aged 88.