Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker

  • Highest Rated: 89% Home from the Hill (1960)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Valley of the Kings (1954)
  • Birthday: Jun 26, 1922
  • Birthplace: Cedarville, Ohio, USA
  • Ohioan Eleanor Parker chose a career in acting when she was still in her teens and began appearing in professional stage productions in Cleveland and at California's Pasadena Playhouse. Signed at Warner Bros. in 1941, the red-haired actress was given the slow buildup in such B's as The Mysterious Doctor before graduating to leads in prestige pictures like Pride of the Marines (1945). As the sluttish Mildred in the 1946 remake Of Human Bondage, Parker was not nearly as effective as Bette Davis in the 1934 version, but she learned from this comparative failure and matured into a versatile actress, equally adept at comedy and heavy dramatics. She was Oscar nominated for Caged (1950), in which she plays an utterly deglamorized prison inmate; Detective Story (1951), wherein, as Kirk Douglas' wife, she agonizingly harbors the secret of a past abortion; and Interrupted Melody (1955), in which she portrays polio-stricken opera diva Marjorie Lawrence. Though she tended toward down-to-earth portrayals, Eleanor could be flamboyantly sexy if required, like her performance as a tempestuous lover in Scaramouche. Still regally beautiful into the 1960s and 1970s, Eleanor Parker was always worth watching no matter if the role was thankless (the Countess in Sound of Music [1965]) or "Baby Jane"-style horrific (the terrorized, elderly cripple in Eye of the Cat [1969]). Parker spent the majority of her career in the 1970s and '80s in TV movies and the occasional guest appearance on television series like Hawaii Five-O and The Love Boat before retiring from acting in 1991. She died in 2013 at age 91.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Sound Of Music Sing-Along Edition Actor 2007
No Score Yet Dead on the Money Actor 1991
No Score Yet She's Dressed to Kill Regine Danton 1979
No Score Yet Sunburn Mrs. Thoren 1979
No Score Yet The Bastard Lady Amberly 1978
No Score Yet Fantasy Island Eunice Hollander Baines 1977
No Score Yet Home for the Holidays Actor 1972
No Score Yet Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Claire Miller 1970
No Score Yet Hans Brinker Dame Brinker 1969
No Score Yet Eye of the Cat Aunt Danny 1969
No Score Yet How to Steal the World Actor 1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot Mrs. Doris Ruston 1967
No Score Yet The Tiger and the Pussycat Esperia Vincenzini 1967
15% The Oscar Sophie Cantaro 1966
No Score Yet An American Dream Actor 1966
84% The Sound of Music The Baroness 1965
No Score Yet Panic Button Louise Harris 1964
No Score Yet Madison Avenue Actor 1962
No Score Yet Return to Peyton Place Connie Rossi 1961
89% Home from the Hill Hannah Hunnicutt 1960
71% A Hole in the Head Eloise Rogers 1959
No Score Yet Lizzie Elizabeth Richmond 1958
No Score Yet The Seventh Sin Carol Carwin 1957
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens Sabina McDade 1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm Zosch Machine 1955
No Score Yet Many Rivers to Cross Mary Stuart Cherne 1955
No Score Yet Interrupted Melody Marjorie Lawrence 1955
0% Valley of the Kings Ann Barclay Mercedes 1954
86% The Naked Jungle Joanna Leiningen 1954
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo Carla Forester 1953
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Lucy Tibbets 1952
No Score Yet Scaramouche Lenore 1952
73% Detective Story Mary 1951
No Score Yet Valentino Joan Carlisle / Sarah Gray 1951
No Score Yet Three Secrets Susan Adele Connors Chase 1950
No Score Yet Caged Marie Allen 1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning Joan "Jo" Holloway 1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling Herself 1949
No Score Yet The Woman in White Laura Fairlie, Anne Catherick 1948
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle Sally Middleton 1947
No Score Yet Escape Me Never Fenella MacLean 1947
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Ellen Gayley 1946
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Mildred Rogers 1946
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Ruth Hartley 1945
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You Janet Wheeler 1944
No Score Yet Crime by Night Irene Carr 1944
No Score Yet Between Two Worlds Ann Bergner 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Herself 1944
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Emlen Davies 1943
No Score Yet The Mysterious Doctor Letty Carstairs 1943
82% They Died With Their Boots On Bit Part (cut out) 1941

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Maggie Tarrow
  • 1986
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Margitta
  • 1968

QUOTES FROM Eleanor Parker CHARACTERS

Aunt Morgan
"Why, you're acting just like a slut."
Elizabeth Richmond
"That's because I AM a slut!"