EVA NOVAK - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JANE NOVAK - HFSID 308746
EVA NOVAK & JANE NOVAK The sisters are shown smiling together in this sepia photograph Photograph signed: "Sincerely/Jane Novak" and "Best Wishes/Eva Novak" in black ink, sepia, 8x10.
Sale Price $323.00
EVA NOVAK & JANE NOVAK The sisters are shown smiling together in this sepia photograph Photograph signed: "Sincerely/Jane Novak" and "Best Wishes/Eva Novak" in black ink, sepia, 8x10. Silent film star EVA NOVAK (1898-1988), the sister of actress Jane Novak, made her first film appearances as one of Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties in a series of shorts. Advancing to feature films, she played the romantic partner of Tom Mix in 10 films, beginning with The Daredevil (1920). Mix taught Novak to do many of her own stunts, and in 1921 she married stunt man William Reed. She made many more films, including the first Boston Blackie (1923), before moving with Reed to Australia late in that decade. In the era of talking pictures, she played supporting roles, and was still around to appear on TV in the 1960s (The Alfred Hitchcock Theatre, Rawhide). JANE NOVAK (1896-1990) appeared in film shorts from 1913, and had larger roles in several Hal Roach comedies (with Harold Lloyd in Willie's Haircut, 1914; and Just Nuts, 1915). By the 1920s, however, she had established herself as a Western heroine, co-starring in films with William S. Hart (with whom she was linked romantically) and Tom Mix. She impressed critics with strong dramatic performances in Thelma (1922) and The Lullaby (1925). Like many silent stars, she was reduced to mostly bit parts in talking films (through 1954). A lifelong friend of Alfred Hitchcock, she appeared in his Foreign Correspondent (1940). Novak made a fortune in real estate and film production, and then lost it in the stock market crash of 1929. Her acting range may be indicated by the diverse ways in which she is described by critics. Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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