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Just for the record, after considerable research, I created this page sans accent mark. Back in August 2006, someone over on Wikipedia moved their Lugosi page to "Béla Lugosi," because they thought it fit. However, all of Lugosi's Hollywood films credit him simply as "Bela Lugosi," which is essentially a screen name anyway. Some digging shows that his birth name was either Be'la or (more likely) Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, but the movies, film scholarship, Universal Studios marketing, and Lugosi's own will all spelled it as "Bela," no doubt an Americanization, but a consistent one (supposedly the accent mark was used in two early silent films, but the only source is IMDb since the films themselves are lost and knowledge of them comes only from records). Gary Alan Rhodes 1997 book Lugosi spells the name both ways, most often with the accent mark but sometimes without, and a more recent biography by Arther Lenning (The Immortal Count, 2003) dispenses with it altogether. Finally, the best evidence along with the will, the official Lugosi website uses Bela everywhere, including a bography by his own son (and chief licensee through Lugosi Enterprises), Bela G. Lugosi (with the sole exception of a filmography page copying info from IMDb, including its errors). So Wikipedia aside, there's enough evidence to consider the man Bela Lugosi, but I've created an accented redirect anyway. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 06:56, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

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