Eleanor Parker, ninety one, Dies Oscar Nominee Was in ‘Sound of Music’

December 11th, 2013

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Eleanor Parker with Clark Gable in “The King and Four Queens,” from 1956.

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated a few instances for a very best-actress Oscar but whose very best-recognized part was a supporting a single, as the relationship-minded baroness in “The Sound of Songs,” died on Monday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was ninety one.

A household pal, Richard Gale, informed The Linked Push that the lead to was problems of pneumonia.

Ms. Parker was an classy, ladylike nevertheless sensual movie actress. Even now, her most recognizable part, as the Baroness who enjoys Christopher Plummer’s character, Captain von Trapp, in “The Seem of Music” (1965), known as for an icy demeanor. Uninterested in his houseful of kids, she loses him to the governess, played memorably by Julie Andrews. (Laura Benanti performed the element in the latest variation on NBC.)

The greatest accolades of Ms. Parker’s profession arrived a ten years prior to.

She was nominated for an Oscar for spectacular roles as a wrongly convicted young prisoner in “Caged” (1950), a law enforcement officer’s neglected wife in “Detective Story” (1951) and an opera star with polio in “Interrupted Melody” (1955), a biography of the Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence. She also acquired an Emmy Award nomination in 1963 for an episode of “The Eleventh Hour,” an NBC series about psychiatric instances.

If she never became a star, admirers contended, it was due to the fact of her versatility. At times a blonde, sometimes a brunette, typically a redhead, Ms. Parker made indelible impressions but submerged herself in a vast selection of characters, from a war hero’s noble fianc?e in “Pride of the Marines” (1945) to W. Somerset Maugham’s vicious waitress-prostitute in a remake of “Of Human Bondage” (1946).

Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the daughter of a math instructor and his wife. She appeared in faculty performs as a little one and, in her teens, headed for Massachusetts to examine acting at the Rice Summer time Theater in Martha’s Vineyard. Then she moved to California and researched at the Pasadena Playhouse.

According to many sources, she was approached by motion picture scouts at equally schools but turned down their provides of screen tests in favor of completing her education and learning. When she had done that, she obtained back to the Warner Brothers scout and was soon presented a agreement.

Her function movie debut, even so, was delayed. It was meant to be in the western “They Died With Their Boots On” (1941), with Errol Flynn, but her scenes have been edited out. In 1942 she appeared in two war-marketing shorts and presented the voice of a telephone operator in a Humphrey Bogart gangster movie, “The Huge Shot.” Lastly, afterwards that year, she appeared as a frightened bus passenger in “Busses Roar,” a black-and-white drama about wartime saboteurs.

Over the up coming quarter-century her job tended towards the fatal severe in movies like “Between Two Worlds” (1944), about air-raid victims in the afterlife, and “The Guy With the Golden Arm” (1955), the drug-dependancy drama, as Frank Sinatra’s unsupportive wife. But she won favorable reviews in the occasional comedy, like “The Voice of the Turtle” (1947), reverse Ronald Reagan, and “A Hole in the Head” (1959), in which she also starred with Sinatra, and in hybrids like “The King and Four Queens” (1956), with Clark Gable.

Ms. Parker appeared in numerous television motion pictures and as a guest on several sequence, primarily in the sixties and ’70s. She received new consideration as a potent film-industry secretary in the NBC sequence “Bracken’s World” (1969-70). Her very last theatrical film was “Sunburn” (1979), a inadequately acquired comedy starring Farrah Fawcett, and her closing tv look a 1991 motion picture, “Dead on the Money,” with Kevin McCarthy.

Ms. Parker’s initial partner was Fred L. Losse, a Navy dentist whom she satisfied on the set of the professional-Soviet drama “Mission to Moscow.” Their relationship, in 1943, lasted 21 months. In 1946 she married Bert E. Friedlob, a movie producer. Before their divorce, in 1953, they experienced three children with each other.

A 3rd relationship, to Paul Clemens, an artist, lasted from 1954 to 1965. They had a son. In 1966, she married Raymond N. Hirsch, a Chicago businessman, who died in 2001. Details on survivors was not right away offered.

In 1953, with two current Oscar nominations to her credit history, Ms. Parker talked to The New York Occasions about her very good profession luck so considerably. “Things have a way of operating out proper for me,” she mentioned, including a little bit later on, “I sustain that if you perform, believe in by yourself and do what is appropriate for you with no stepping all above other individuals, the way in some way opens up.”

“I even acquired my a few wishes granted,” she explained in the same job interview. “To be in photos, to give Mother a mink coat and purchase the folks a property.”

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