Eva Bartok

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Eva Bartok
Eva Bartok.jpg
Bartok in 1959
Born Éva Márta Szőke Ivanovics
(1927-06-18)18 June 1927
Budapest, Hungary
Died 1 August 1998(1998-08-01) (aged 71)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1947–1966
Spouse(s) Geza Kovacs (1941-1942) (annulled)
Alexander Paal (1948-1950) (divorced)
William Wordsworth (1951-1955) (divorced)
Curd Jürgens (1955-1956) (divorced)[1][2]
Partner(s) Frank Sinatra
David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven[3]
Children Deana Jürgens (b. 1957)[3]

Eva Bartok (18 June 1927[4] – 1 August 1998), was an actress born in Budapest, Hungary as Éva Márta Szőke Ivanovics. 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.


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.[5] She had four other marriages, all of which ended in divorce, including her final marriage, to actor Curd Jürgens (1955–56). Her daughter Deana was born in 1957, shortly after the marriage to Jürgens ended.[6][7] Three decades later, Bartok claimed Deana's biological father was actually Frank Sinatra, with whom she had a brief affair in 1956.[8]

During the 1950s, Bartok was reportedly diagnosed with ovarian cancer while pregnant, but the tumour 'disappeared' before the birth of her child.[citation needed] She died on 1 August 1998 in London.

Partial filmography[edit]

Bartok with daughter, Deana Jürgens (1958)


  • Bartok, Eva: Worth Living For. Autobiography. Putnam 1959.


  1. ^ Tom Vallance. "Obituary: Eva Bartok". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  2. ^ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (5 August 1998). "Eva Bartok, 72, Actress in Films of 50's and 60's - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Mcnab, Heather (30 April 2015). "Frank Sinatra's secret love child Deana slams father for refusing to meet her | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Other sources cite 1926, 1928 or 1929 as possible years of birth.
  5. ^ Eva Bartok, Turner Classic Movies
  6. ^ Emond, Bruce (23 October 2010). "The Star Who Came to Jakarta". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sinatra's secret child speaks out". The Indian Express. 19 May 1998. 
  8. ^ "British woman, 36, claims she is Sinatra's daughter". Chicago Tribune. 17 August 1994. p. 2. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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