The actress won three Oscar nods and the love of several generations of fans.
Eleanor Parker, one of the stars of the original Sound of Music movie cast and an iconic actress with a legacy spanning five decades, died Monday in Palm Springs. She passed away at the age of 91 from pneumonia complications. The unfortunate news was confirmed by her son, actor Paul Clements, for the LA Times.
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Parker was nominated for an Oscar on three occasions, but she is best known for her portrayal as the Baroness in the 1965 musical
Eleanor Parker, an esteemed actress with a rich history of well-received performances from a career stretching over 50 decades, has passed away due to complications from pneumonia at a medical facility close to Palm Springs, California. The renowned actress was 91-years-old upon her death, with Variety first releasing the news of her passing.
Beginning in 1941 with an unused bit part in They Died with Their Boots On and lasting until her appearance in the TV movie Dead on the Money in 1991, Parker was one of the best know actresses of her time in the 1950's and 60's. In her 50's heyday, Parker was nominated for an Academy Award three times, all for Best Actress, but it is her role in the timeless movie version of Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music that she is known best for today.
Her role as The Baroness, who was left behind by Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp for Julie Andrews' Maria in the film, has made sure that she has been remembered to this day, however Parker was an well-regarded and wide ranging actress in her day.
Funny thing is: The Sound of Music doesn't need protection from critics. Yes, it's schmaltzy, but it's not nearly as schmaltzy as, say, Titanic. Yes it has all those adorable kids and all those adorable songs and even a cute puppet show stuck right in the middle of it, but it also has grit, drama, and some harrowing moments. Hell, it's got Nazis racing around in big black cars! It is a total cinematic experience, and one that benefits greatly from technological advances that let you enjoy its lavish sights and sounds on a big TV screen with big surround speakers that make it feel like Julie Andrews is embracing your or the Nazis are sneaking up on you from behind.
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This schizophrenic little drama starts with an incredible uninspiring setup: Heston is the hapless owner of a cocoa plantation in South America, 1901. For no particular reason, he sends off for a mail order bride, which arrives in the form of the far too lovely Eleanor Parker. But Parker's got a secret: She's a widow. Gasp!
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