Family & Companions
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."
Cast (Feature Film)
Married at age 15 (date approximate)
Film acting debut
Moved to London; changed name to Eva Bartok
Acted with Burt Lancaster in the adventure film "The Crimson Pirate"
Starred opposite Curt Jurgens in the West German drama "Rummelplatz der Liebe/Circus of Love"
Acted in the British drama "Front Page Story"
Starred opposite Joseph Cotten in the West German-American comedy co-production "Special Delivery"
Starred in the Dean Martin musical comedy "Ten Thousand Bedrooms"
Starred opposite Paul Douglas in the sci-fi drama "The Gamma People"
Appeared on the CBS court dramatization program "On Trial" hosted by Joseph Cotten
Played Baroness Vera Opalinski in the West German war romance "Der Letzte Walzer/The Last Waltz"
Acted opposite Curt Jurgens in the West German melodrama "Ohne Dich Wird es Nacht"
Starred with Peter Finch in the war film "Operation Amsterdam"
Starred in the French/Italian/West German stalker crime drama "Blood and Black Lace"