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Eleanor Parker



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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 Hans Brinker
  • Actor
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
18% The Oscar
  • Sophie Cantaro
1966
No Score Yet An American Dream
  • Actor
1966
86% 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
100% Home from the Hill
  • Hannah Hunnicutt
1960
67% 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
No Score Yet 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
67% Detective Story
  • Mary
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

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