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.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Parker was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.
|1950||Best Actress||Caged (1950)||Marie Allen||Nominated|
|1951||Best Actress||Detective Story (1951)||Mary McLeod||Nominated|
|1955||Best Actress||Interrupted Melody (1955)||Marjorie Lawrence||Nominated|
She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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The Baroness: To bring along my harmonica.
The Baroness: Darling, haven't you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school?
Marie Allen: For that forty bucks I heisted I sure got myself an education.
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