Monday, April 17, 2017

"The Daredevil" Actress Eva Novak 1988 San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Eva Barbara Novak (February 14, 1898 – April 17, 1988) was an American film actress, who was 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.


Novak was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and started 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 appeared in 17 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 10 films in which she starred opposite Tom Mix.

In 1921, she married stuntman William Reed, whom she met while on location for a film. She was interested in stunt performing herself, having been taught by 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 (1930) 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 and 1965, when she retired. She was residing in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles at the time of her death from pneumonia at the age of 90, on April 17, 1988. Eva is buried with her sister Jane at San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Partial filmography

The King of the Kitchen (1918)
The Freckled Fish (1919)
The Feud (1919)
The Testing Block (1920)
Silk Husbands and Calico Wives (1920)
O'Malley of the Mounted (1921)
Sky High (1922)
Chasing the Moon (1922)
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1922)
Making a Man (1922)
The Tiger's Claw (1923)
Listen Lester (1924)
The Triflers (1924)
Sally (1925)
Irene (1926)
Say It with Babies (1926)
No Man's Gold (1926)
The Romance of Runnibede (1927)
For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)
The Medicine Man (1930)
The Topeka Terror (1945)
Apology for Murder (1945)
Blackmail (1947)
Four Faces West (1948)
3 Godfathers (1948)
Havana Rose (1951)
Wild Seed (1965)

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