Eva Bartok

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Eva Bartok
Eva Bartok.jpg
Bartok in 1959
Éva Márta Szőke Ivanovics

(1927-06-18)18 June 1927
Budapest, Hungary
Died1 August 1998(1998-08-01) (aged 71)
London, England
Years active1947–1966
Spouse(s)Géza Kovács (1941–1942; annulled)
Alexander Paal (1948–1950; divorced)
William Wordsworth (1951–1955; divorced)
Curd Jürgens (1955–1956; divorced)[1][2]
Dag Molin (1980–1983; divorced)[3]
Partner(s)Frank Sinatra[1]
David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven
ChildrenDeana Jürgens (born 1957)[1]

Éva Márta Szőke Ivanovics (18 June 1927[4] – 1 August 1998), known professionally as Eva Bartok, was a Hungarian-British actress. She began acting in films in 1950 and her last credited appearance was in 1966. She is best known for appearances in Blood and Black Lace, The Crimson Pirate, Operation Amsterdam, and Ten Thousand Bedrooms.[5]


During the Second World War, a teenaged Bartok, the daughter of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was forced to marry Hungarian Nazi officer Géza Kovács; the marriage was annulled after the war on the grounds of coercion of a minor.[6]

She had four other marriages, all of which ended in divorce, including her marriage to actor Curd Jürgens (1955–56). Her daughter Deana was born in 1957, shortly after the marriage to Jürgens ended.[7][8] Three decades later, Bartok claimed Deana's biological father was actually Frank Sinatra, with whom she had a brief affair in 1956.[9]

She died on 1 August 1998 in London.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]

Bartok with daughter, Deana Jürgens (1958)


  • Bartok, Eva: Worth Living For. Autobiography. Putnam 1959.
  • John Banville's Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City, 2003, discusses Bartok at some length.


  • Lamparski, Richard. (1989) Whatever became of ...? Eleventh Series, Crown Publishers: New York. ISBN 0 517 571501.


  1. ^ a b c d Tom Vallance (3 August 1998). "Obituary: Eva Bartok". The Independent. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ Associated Press (5 August 1998). "Eva Bartok, 72, Actress in Films of 50's and 60's". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Eine Frau und ihre Männer" by André Weikard, filmreporter.de, 9 May 2019 (in German)
  4. ^ Some sources cite 1926, 1928 or 1929 as possible years of birth.
  5. ^ "Continuing the Eva Bartok story". The Sunday Mail (Brisbane). 29 November 1953. p. 23. Retrieved 26 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Eva Bartok, Turner Classic Movies; accessed 22 April 2018.
  7. ^ Emond, Bruce (23 October 2010). "The Star Who Came to Jakarta". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Sinatra's secret child speaks out". The Indian Express. 19 May 1998.
  9. ^ "British woman, 36, claims she is Sinatra's daughter". Chicago Tribune. 17 August 1994. p. 2. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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