Eva Bartok

Actor, Writer
Hungarian actress Eva Bartok had a somewhat traumatic life leading up to adulthood. A striking beauty even as a teen, at the age of 15 Bartok was forced to marry a Nazi officer in order to avoid deportation to a ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1926 in Hungary

Filmography

Actor (6)

Blood and Black Lace 1964 (Movie)

Cristina (Actor)

Operation Amsterdam 1960 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

Maria Martelli (Actor)

Special Delivery 1955 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

The Crimson Pirate 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spaceways (Movie)

Lisa Frank (Actor)

Biography

Hungarian actress Eva Bartok had a somewhat traumatic life leading up to adulthood. A striking beauty even as a teen, at the age of 15 Bartok was forced to marry a Nazi officer in order to avoid deportation to a concentration camp. The marriage was a brief and unhappy one. By her early 20s, however, Bartok found renewed hope in acting. Her breakout role was the 1951 British drama, "A Tale of Five Women", a film that was shelved for a few years, but ultimately released in movie houses all across England. The film soon came to the attention of actor Burt Lancaster who had seen the film and was so impressed with Bartok's performance that the following year he cast her alongside himself in the 1952 adventure comedy, "The Crimson Pirate". It was during the 1950s that Bartok's acting career really began to become prolific, although she was mostly relegated to roles in campy B-movies like 1954's "Circus of Love", and the 1956 sci-fi horror movie, "The Gamma People". Bartok turned down a Hollywood contract in 1956, yet continued acting in movies well into the 1960s. She retired from acting in 1967, with her last credited role being in the 1966 Israeli drama, "Sabina V'Hagvarim".

Relationships

Marquess of Milford Haven

Companion
had five-year on-again, off-again relationship

Curt Jurgens Actor

Husband

Geza Kovacs

Husband
married during WWII marriage annulled 1942 on the grounds of coercion of a minor

Deana Moore

Daughter
born October 7, 1957 survived her Bartok and her daughter have claimed that Frank Sinatra was the child's father lives in Australia

Alexander Paal Actor

Husband
Married 1948; relationship characterized as a "marriage of convenience"

Frank Sinatra Actor

Companion
had relationship in 1956

William Wordsworth

Husband
Descendant of English poet of same name

Milestones

1964

Starred in the French/Italian/West German stalker crime drama "Blood and Black Lace"

1959

Starred with Peter Finch in the war film "Operation Amsterdam"

1958

Acted opposite Curt Jurgens in the West German melodrama "Ohne Dich Wird es Nacht"

1957

Played Baroness Vera Opalinski in the West German war romance "Der Letzte Walzer/The Last Waltz"

1956

Appeared on the CBS court dramatization program "On Trial" hosted by Joseph Cotten

1956

Starred in the Dean Martin musical comedy "Ten Thousand Bedrooms"

1956

Starred opposite Paul Douglas in the sci-fi drama "The Gamma People"

1955

Starred opposite Joseph Cotten in the West German-American comedy co-production "Special Delivery"

1954

Acted in the British drama "Front Page Story"

1954

Starred opposite Curt Jurgens in the West German drama "Rummelplatz der Liebe/Circus of Love"

1952

Acted with Burt Lancaster in the adventure film "The Crimson Pirate"

1948

Moved to London; changed name to Eva Bartok

1947

Film acting debut

1940

Married at age 15 (date approximate)

Gave up acting to study with the Pak Subuh sect in Indonesia

Ran an arts center in Los Angeles and a gallery in San Francisco

Taught philosophy in a school she opened in Honolulu

Returned to London in the early 1980's where she remained until her death in 1998

Imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II

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