Eva Mylott was born in Tuross Head, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents, Patrick Mylott, an importer of wine and spirits and his wife, Mary Heffernan (the daughter of Edmund and Honora Heffernan), were immigrants from Ireland to Australia. Mylott became a protégé of Dame Nellie Melba and in 1902, she went to England with her to pursue an opera career outside of Australia.
Mylott died in 1920, aged 44, in Chicago, after slipping in the shower and injuring her neck, leaving two year old Hutton and infant Alexis in the care of her husband, who died thirteen years later.
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