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Eleanor Parker Overview:

Legendary actress, Eleanor Parker, was born Eleanor Jean Parker on Jun 26, 1922 in Cedarville, OH. Parker appeared in over 75 film and TV roles. Her best known films include Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines, Never Say Goodbye, Detective Story, Scaramouche, The Naked Jungle and The Man with the Golden Arm. Parker is probably most famously remembered for her role as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in the 1965 film, The Sound Of Music (starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer). Parker died at the age of 91 on Dec 9, 2013 in Palm Springs, CA .


Warmly upper-bracket, Eleanor Parker was at her best in films where she had the dominant role or played a strong-willed woman. Less effective as straight-forward heroines, she played substantial leading roles from 1946 to 1957, surprisingly declining before she was 40. She was just the sort of actress that one would expect to have won an Oscar, although in fact she hadn't, having been unsuccessfully nominated three times.

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Although Parker was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1950Best ActressCaged (1950)Marie AllenNominated
1951Best ActressDetective Story (1951)Mary McLeodNominated
1955Best ActressInterrupted Melody (1955)Marjorie LawrenceNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

Actor | , Part 1: The Dream Factory

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 27, 2017 From The Stop Button

In June 1941, right before turning nineteen years old, signed on as a contract player at Warner Bros. She had just finished a year at the Pasadena Playhouse. Parker started acting in high school and had been dodging studio screen tests since she was fifteen; she wanted to continue dev... Read full article

Warner Archive: Goes Exotic in The Seventh Sin (1957) and Valley of the Kings (1954)

By KC on May 16, 2016 From Classic Movies

Following the release of Lizzie (1957) and The Woman in White (1948) earlier this spring, Warner Archive continues to feed my lady crush with another pair of new releases featuring the actress. This time around, she travels to exotic locations in The Seventh Sin (1957) and Valley of t... Read full article

Warner Archive: Takes the Lead in Lizzie (1957) and The Woman in White (1948)

By KC on Apr 1, 2016 From Classic Movies

Parker in 1948 had the talent and appeal of a movie star, but she never developed a recognizable star persona. Nor was she interested in doing so. The actress would become lost in her roles, seemingly becoming a new woman with each film. She could not be typecast, because no one kne... Read full article

[Stop Button Lists] at MGM, 1952-60

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 16, 2015 From The Stop Button

I grew up avoiding movies. At least the one everyone knew about–my mom and my sister used to watch The Sound of Music all the time. My dad and I avoided it for years. When I did discover in the late nineties, I can’t remember the order in which I saw her fil... Read full article

In Memory of : Caged

By Rachel T on Dec 21, 2013 From Sunset Blvd

To celebrate the wonderful , I had originally planned to write a piece on her most famous creation: the Baroness Schraeder of The Sound of Music. However, while it is definitely a lovely performance, (and God knows we all adore her in it  —especially in those gorgeous party dresses) I ... Read full article

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Eleanor Parker Quotes:

Marie Allen: Kindly omit the flowers.

Lenore: Ah, diamonds!
Michael Vanneau: I thought of your eyes and I went right out and bought them.
Lenore: Just my eyes? How sweet - I must see that you start thinking about all of me.

Marjorie Lawrence: [drinking champagne] Tonight I love the whole world and I want them to know it.
Dr. Thomas King: And tomorrow you'll have a monumental hangover.
Marjorie Lawrence: That's the advantage of going out with doctors.

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Was required to have her blonde hair buzzed off to the scalp for her role as a female convict in Caged (1950).

Broke the champagne bottle on the nose on the locomotive, launching the "California Zephyr" a well-known passenger train on its inaugural eastbound run from San Francisco to Chicago at the Western Pacific Depot (San Francisco) on March 19, 1949.

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