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 .

MINI BIO:

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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HONORS and AWARDS:

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

BlogHub Articles:

THE BLOGATHON: Between Two Worlds, 1944

on Oct 10, 2020 From Caftan Woman

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films is saluting the beautiful and versatile with a blogathon running October 10th and 11th. Join the online tributes HERE. My contribution is a look at Between Two Worlds, 1944. Sutton Vane's play Outward Bound premiered in London in 1923. The fantasy... Read full article


Was “Caged”

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 9, 2020 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

When I was introduced to as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965), I didn’t immediately become a fan of her. Her character annoyed me, and, perhaps, I was too focused on Julie Andrews to take the time to focus on her performance. And this, even tho I ... Read full article


Sum Up | : Oscar Nominee

By Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 22, 2019 From The Stop Button

did not win any Academy Awards, which is simultaneously obvious and inexplicable. The latter because she obviously deserved one (or six), the former because if she had won any, she?d have been better known in the eighties and nineties, when home video and basic cable drove classic fil... Read full article


Sum Up | : Oscar Nominee

on Feb 22, 2019 From The Stop Button

did not win any Academy Awards, which is simultaneously obvious and inexplicable. The latter because she obviously deserved one (or six), the former because if she had won any, she?d have been better known in the eighties and nineties, when home video and basic cable drove classic fil... Read full article


Sum Up | : Oscar Nominee

on Feb 22, 2019 From The Stop Button

did not win any Academy Awards, which is simultaneously obvious and inexplicable. The latter because she obviously deserved one (or six), the former because if she had won any, she?d have been better known in the eighties and nineties, when home video and basic cable drove classic fil... Read full article


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Eleanor Parker Quotes:

Bushrod Gentry: I thought they called you Stepping Woman.
Mary Stuart Cherne: I been stepping all day.


Marie Allen: Kill her. Kill her. Kill her.


Lenore: But who is Scaramouche? And why does he hide his face behind a mask?


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Probably best known as the baroness in The Sound of Music (1965).

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani; Lidia Simoneschi; Rina Morelli; and Andreina Pagnani, most notably in The Sound of Music (1965).

Discovered at age 18 by a Warner Bros. talent agent while merely sitting in the audience of the Pasadena Playhouse, and after just one semester of student training there.

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