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Eleanor Parker

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, vide 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]). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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Eleanor Parker Trivia

When was Eleanor Parker born?
Eleanor Parker date of birth: June 26, 1922

Who did Eleanor Parker portray in Caged?
Eleanor Parker was Marie Allen in Caged

Who did Eleanor Parker play in The Naked Jungle?
Eleanor Parker was Joanna Leiningen in The Naked Jungle

What role did Eleanor Parker play in Many Rivers to Cross?
Eleanor Parker played Mary Stuart Cherne in Many Rivers to Cross

Who did Eleanor Parker play in Scaramouche?
Eleanor Parker was Lenore in Scaramouche

Who did Eleanor Parker portray in The Man With the Golden Arm?
Eleanor Parker was Zosch Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm

What role did Eleanor Parker portray in Home from the Hill?
Eleanor Parker played Hannah Hunnicutt in Home from the Hill

What role did Eleanor Parker play in Escape From Fort Bravo?
Eleanor Parker played Carla Forester in Escape From Fort Bravo

Who did Eleanor Parker portray in Detective Story?
Eleanor Parker was Mary McLeod in Detective Story

Who did Eleanor Parker portray in The Sound of Music?
Eleanor Parker was The Baroness in The Sound of Music

Who did Eleanor Parker play in Return to Peyton Place?
Eleanor Parker was Connie Rossi in Return to Peyton Place

What role did Eleanor Parker portray in A Hole in the Head?
Eleanor Parker played Mrs. Rogers in A Hole in the Head

Who did Eleanor Parker play in Warning Shot?
Eleanor Parker was Mrs. Doris Ruston in Warning Shot

Who did Eleanor Parker portray in They Died With Their Boots On?
Eleanor Parker was Bit Part (cut out) in They Died With Their Boots On


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