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Eva Novak

Eva Novak
A picture of Eva Novak taken in the early 1920s.
Personal information
Birth nameEva Barbara Novak
Birth dateFebruary 14, 1898
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of deathApril 17, 1988(age 90)
Death placeWoodland Hills, Los Angeles, USA
SpouseWilliam Reed

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Eva Barbara Novak (14 February 1898 - 17 April 1988) was an American film actress, being quite popular during the silent film era. She was the younger sister of actress Jane Novak and daughter of Joseph, an immigrant from Bohemia, and Barbara Novak.

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, starting her film acting career in 1917, with her first film role being in L-KO's Roped into Scandal, followed by another seven films that same year. She would appear in seventeen films in 1918, and another eight in 1919. In 1920 she starred opposite Tom Mix in The Daredevil, one of six film roles she would have that year, and one of ten films in which she starred opposite Tom Mix.

In 1921 she married stuntman William Reed, meeting while on location for a film, and being interested in stunt performing herself, having been taught by Tom Mix to perform many of her own stunts. From 1921 to 1928 she appeared in and starred in 48 films, including an early version of Boston Blackie. She also co-starred with Betty Bronson and Jack Benny in The Medicine Man and appeared in the 1922 film Chasing the Moon which was an early forerunner of the 1950s film D.O.A. In the late 1920s, she and her husband moved to Australia where she made numerous films, including The Romance of Runnibede. However, with the advent of "talking films", her popularity faded. She would continue to act, but mostly in obscure roles.

She appeared in 123 films between 1917 to 1965, retiring in the latter. She was residing in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles at the time of her death from pneumonia, on April 17, 1988.

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