Eva Bartok, the Hungarian-born film actress of the 1950s and 1960s who was also well-known for her marriages and romances, died Aug. 1 at St. Charles’ Hospital in London after being ill. She was 69.
Bartok made nearly 40 films, including “Operation Amsterdam” with Peter Finch and “The Crimson Pirate” with Burt Lancaster.
Born Eva Ivanova Szoeke in Kecskemet, Hungary, in 1929, she was imprisoned in a concentration camp as a teenager and married a Nazi, but the marriage was annulled on the grounds of coercion of a minor.
When her marriage to husband No. 2, Hungarian producer Alex Paal, broke up, she wed Bill Wordsworth, a public relations man. That marriage came apart while she was in Rome making her most famous movie, “The Crimson Pirate,” in 1952.
She met British aristocrat the Marquess of Milford Haven at a London dinner in 1952, and they embarked on a highly publicized relationship that lasted for several years.
Bartok met actor Curt Jurgens when they made a movie together in Germany and her relationship with the marquess broke up. She and Jurgens married in 1955, but that marriage began to founder by the following year.
Bartok had a daughter, Deana, in 1957, when she was married to Jurgens, but in recent years she claimed the girl’s father was Frank Sinatra. She said Sinatra never acknowledged the claim. Bartok said, she met Sinatra in 1956 and had a very brief affair with the singer.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two grandchildren.