Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker

Highest Rated: 90% Home From the Hill (1960)

Lowest Rated: 0% Valley of the Kings (1954)

Birthday: Jun 26, 1922

Birthplace: Cedarville, Ohio, USA

A ravishing redheaded leading lady of the 1940s and 50s, Eleanor Parker signed a contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday after gaining experience on stage in Cleveland, summer stock and at the Pasadena Playhouse. She made her debut in Raoul Walsh's "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941) before graduating to starring status in distinguished films like "Pride of the Marines" (1945, her third movie with director Delmer Daves), and "Voice of the Turtle" (1947, opposite Ronald Reagan), adapted from John van Druten's Broadway hit. Parker reached the zenith of her popularity and acclaim in the early 50s, winning three Best Actress Oscar nominations for her terrorized prison inmate in "Caged" (1950), as Kirk Douglas' neglected wife with a secret in "Detective Story" (1951) and as polio-stricken opera star Marjorie Lawrence in "Interrupted Melody" (1955). That same year, she was also memorable as Frank Sinatra's beautiful but hateful crippled wife in Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm." Parker's career had definitely peaked, and though she would reteam with Raoul Walsh for "The King and Four Queens" (1956, with Clark Gable) and Sinatra for Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head" (1959), her best work of the late 50s was in Hugo Haas's "Lizzie" (1957) in which she was excellent as a woman with three distinct personalities, and Carl Schultz's "The Seventh Sin" (1957), playing the adulterous wife of a doctor who redeems herself during an epidemic. "Madison Avenue" (1962) marked her last starring role in a picture, but Parker continued to appear in secondary roles through the 70s, most notably as the Baroness in Robert Wise's "The Sound of Music" (1965). After headlining the NBC melodrama about the movie business "Bracken's World" (1969-70) and appearing in her final feature to date, "Sunburn" (1979), Parker acted in three TV-movies, "Once Upon a Spy" (ABC, 1980), "Madame X" (NBC, 1981) and "Dead on the Money" (TNT, 1991), in addition to the 1986 "Stage Struck" episode of CBS' "Murder, She Wrote." Parker died of complications of pneumonia in Palm Springs on December 9, 2013.

Highest rated movies




No Score Yet No Score Yet Madame X Katherine Richardson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Spy The Lady (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Dressed to Kill Regine Danton (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 64% Sunburn Mrs. Thoren (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models Regine Danton (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Eunice Hollander Baines (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great American Beauty Contest Peggy Lowery (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 37% Home for the Holidays Alex Morgan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 27% Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Claire Miller (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Dame Brinker (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 19% Eye of the Cat Aunt Danny (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% The Tiger and the Pussycat Esperia Vincenzini (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 22% Warning Shot Mrs. Doris Ruston (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 8% An American Dream Deborah Rojack (Character) - 1966
13% 31% The Oscar Sophie Cantaro (Character) - 1966
83% 91% The Sound of Music Baroness Schraeder (Character) $109K 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panic Button Louise Harris (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Madison Avenue Anne Tremaine (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 34% Return to Peyton Place Connie Rossi (Character) - 1961
90% 89% Home From the Hill Hannah Hunnicutt (Character) - 1960
75% 49% A Hole in the Head Mrs. Rogers (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 50% Lizzie Elizabeth Richmond (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 82% The Seventh Sin Carol Carwin (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 35% The King and Four Queens Sabina McDade (Character) - 1956
81% 84% The Man With the Golden Arm Zosch Machine (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 29% Many Rivers to Cross Mary Stuart Cherne (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 68% Interrupted Melody Marjorie Lawrence (Character) - 1955
0% 16% Valley of the Kings Ann Barclay Mercedes (Character) - 1954
86% 60% The Naked Jungle Joanna Leiningen (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 56% Escape From Fort Bravo Carla Forester (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 68% Above and Beyond Lucey Tibbets (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 84% Scaramouche Lenore (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentino Joan Carlisle/Sarah Gray (Character) - 1951
75% 72% Detective Story Mary McLeod (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Millionaire for Christy Christabel "Christy" Sloane (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 83% Caged Marie Allen (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 25% Chain Lightning Joan `'Jo'` Holloway (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 30% It's a Great Feeling Self - 1949
No Score Yet 71% Three Secrets Susan Adele Connors Chase (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman in White Laura Fairlie/Ann Catherick (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% Escape Me Never Fenella MacLean (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 71% One for the Book Sally Middleton (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Never Say Goodbye Ellen Gayley (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Mildred Rogers (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 78% Pride of the Marines Ruth Hartley (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 64% Hollywood Canteen Self - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Ride Kitty Kelly (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 75% The Very Thought of You Janet Wheeler (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 71% Between Two Worlds Ann Bergner (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime by Night Irene Carr (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 21% Mission to Moscow Emlen Davies (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 17% The Mysterious Doctor Letty Carstairs (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men of the Sky Mrs. Frank Bickley (Character) - 1942


No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanished Unknown (Character) 1971
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1968


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