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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.

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On DVD: in The Last Ride (1944)

By KC on Nov 7, 2018 From Classic Movies

Briskly-paced and clocking in at just under an hour The Last Ride (1944) is a moderately entertaining wartime crime programmer. While chiefly of historical interest, it has a little more zing than other flicks of its kind. The film recently made its DVD debut from Warner Archive. Though Eleanor Par... Read full article

Actor | , Part 4: Guest Star

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 24, 2018 From The Stop Button

When she starred in Eye of the Cat, had been in more than forty theatrical films. She was forty-seven years old. She had just been in the biggest movie of all time–1965’s The Sound of Music. When Eye of the Cat came out in June 1969, Sound of Music was still playing in theaters in its... Read full article

Actor | , Part 3: Baroness

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 17, 2018 From The Stop Button

Going into the nineteen sixties, ’s acting career seemed to have regained some of its recently lost momentum. Home from the Hill, released in March 1960, brought Parker into a genre she’d long avoided–the all-star soap. And–in addition to Parker being outstanding in the film, Hill had ... Read full article

Actor | , Part 2: Technicolor

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 8, 2018 From The Stop Button

When left her Warner Bros. contract in early 1950, she did so before any of her films of that year released. There were three–Chain Lightning, Caged, and Three Secrets. All three were successful. She was top-billed on the latter two (and second-billed only to Bogart in Lightning... Read full article

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

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Eleanor Parker Quotes:

Lenore: Your brain is gone! Where did you fall, on your head?

The Baroness: Darling, haven't you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school?

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

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

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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