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Eleonor Parker Biography and Filmography
Eleonor Parker
Birthday: June 26, 1922
Birth Place: Cedarville, Ohio, USA
Height: 0' 0"
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Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922 in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays; she was was so serious about becoming a thespian, she attended the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts beginning when she was 15 years old. She was offered her first screen-test by a 20th Century-Fox talent scout while attending Rice, but turned the opportunity down to gain professional stage experience in Cleveland after graduating from high school.She moved on to California to continue her acting studies at the Pasadena Playhouse. It was there, while sitting in the audience of a play being put on at the Playhouse, she was again offered a screen-test - this time from a Warner Bros. scout - and again declined, wanting to finish finish her first year at the Playhouse. When the year was up, Eleanor contacted Warner Bros.' to take them up their offer of a screen-test, and was signed as a contract player two days after it was shot.She was cast in Raoul Walsh's "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941), but her performance was left on the cutting room floor. She was then cast in short-subjects and given other assignments typically of tyro movie actors to enable them to learn their craft, such as voice-overs and appearing in other actors' screen tests. Finally, she was promoted to the B-picture unit, making her feature debut in "Busses Roar"(1942).Her beauty meant she was not forgotten, and she was cast in one of Warner Bros.' biggest productions for the 1943 season, the pro-Soviet "Mission to Moscow" directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Walter Huston as the U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R. Eleanor played his daughter in the film, which became notorious in the McCarthyite period for its glorification of "Uncle Joe" Stalin. "Mission to Moscow" proved significant to Eleanor as she met her future husband on the set, Navy Lieutenant. Fred L. Losse, Navy dentist. The marriage was a brief war-time affair, lasting from March 21, 1943 to December 5, 1944.She went back to the Bs with "The Mysterious Doctor" (1943), then bounced back to the A-list for "Between Two Worlds" (1944), a remake of the 'Leslie Howard' vehicle "Outward Bound" (1930) in which she played Paul Henreid's fiancé. (Both were dead from suicide, but in Hollywood logic, that didn't mean they couldn't gambol together on the silver screen.) Eleanor then made two more "B" quickies in 1944, "Crime By Night" and "The Last Ride," before graduating to the A-list for good with "Pride of the Marines" (1945) in support of 'John Garfield' .She took over the role Warners' contract player Bette Davis had made good in (ironically, at rival R.K.O.) in the 1946 remake "Of Human Bondage." Though Parker would be gaining kudos and Oscar nominations by the beginning of the next decade, her portrait of the slut Mildred was weak beer in comparison with Davis' dynamo.Eleanor Parker received the first of her three Best Actress Oscar nominations playing a prisoner in "Caged" (1950), for which she won the best actress award at the Vencie Film Festival. She was also nominated the next year playing the cop's wife who shared a secret with the neighborhood abortionist in William Wyler's "Detective Story" (1951). Her third and last Oscar nod came for "Interrupted Melody" (1955), playing an opera singer struck down by polio. She could easily have been nominated that same year for her portrayal of Frank Sinatra's faux cripple wife in Otto Preminger's brooding masterpiece "The Man With the Golden Arm" adapted from the novel by Nelson Algren.Eleanor Parker proved herself to be a supremely talented and very versatile lead actress. The versatility was likely one of the reasons why she never quite became a major star. Audiences attending a movie which starred Parker never knew quite what to expect of her, if they even remembered she was the same actress they had seen before in a different type of role in another picture. Her turns in "Detective Story" and "The Man With the Golden Arm" could not have been more different. Eleanor Parker's stardom and subsequent fame (and remembrance) suffered from her focusing on being a serious actress and creating a character who fit the motion picture she was in, rather than playing a character again and again and again as most movie stars do. Now, if remembered at all, it is in the relatively tame part as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music."She received an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy nomination in 1963 for her appearance in "The Eleventh Hour" "Why Am I Grown So Cold?" Despitre the success of "The Sound of Music," which was completely attributed to #1 Box Office sensation Julie Andrews, her appearances in such fare as "The Oscar" (the cast of which the Playboy Magazine reviewer derided as "has-beens and never-will-bes") and the movie adaptation of Norman Mailer's indescribable existential-potboiler "An American Dream" (1966) with fellow Oscar-nominee Stuart Whitman signaled that Miss Parker, indeed, was now inscribed on the list of the has-beens.She had one last hurrah, winning a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 as Best Lead Actress for her role in the TV series "Bracken's World," but unfortunately, times had changed during the tumultuous 1960s. The '60s Youth Quake made anyone over the age of 30 suspect, to say nothing about actresses over the age of 40, already suspect in Hollywood, . while the 1970s was the era of the "Buddy Picture." Her last film was in a Farrah Fawcett bomb, "Sunburn" (1979). Subsequently, she appeared very infrequently on TV, most recently in "Dead On the Money" in 1991 (TV).Eleanor Parker retired far too soon for those who were her fans and those who appreciated a superb actress. Although she received only half as many Oscar nominations as the great Deborah Kerr, surely like Kerr, an honorary Oscar recognizing one of the movies' great talents wouldn't be out of line, but remains improbable due to the lack of recognition that great talent engendered.
Dead on the Money (1991)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Amanda Pays ][ Sheree North ]
Madame X (1981)
[ Tuesday Weld ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Once Upon a Spy (1980)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Mary Louise Weller ][ Lillian Muller ]
Yesterday's Love/Fountain of Youth (1979)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Mary Louise Weller ]
The Wedding: Carol and Doug's Story/Peter and Alicia's Story/Julie's Story/Buddy and Portia's Story: Part 1 (1979)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Julia Duffy ][ Lisa Hartman ][ Caren Kaye ]
The Wedding: Carol and Doug's Story/Peter and Alicia's Story/Julie's Story/Buddy and Portia's Story: Part 2 (1979)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Julia Duffy ][ Lisa Hartman ][ Caren Kaye ]
She's Dressed to Kill (1979)
[ Joanna Cassidy ][ Jessica Walter ][ Connie Selecca ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Cassandra Gava ]
Sunburn (1979)
[ Farrah Fawcett ][ Joan Collins ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Joan Goodfellow ]
The Bastard (1978)
[ Kim Cattrall ][ Olivia Hussey ][ Patricia Neal ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Fantasy Island (1977)
[ Victoria Principal ][ Sandra Dee ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Carol Lynley ]
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1975)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Rosetta LeNoire ]
The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)
[ Farrah Fawcett ][ Barbie Benton ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Joanna Cameron ]
Home for the Holidays (1972)
[ Sally Field ][ Jessica Walter ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Vanished (1971)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Sheree North ]
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971)
[ Sally Field ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Linda Ronstadt ]
Hans Brinker (1969)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Eye of the Cat (1969)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Gayle Hunnicutt ]
The Seven Wonders of the World Affair: Part 1 (1968)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Tigre, Il (1967)
[ Ann-Margret ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Warning Shot (1967)
[ Joan Collins ][ Stefanie Powers ][ Lillian Gish ][ Eleanor Parker ]
An American Dream (1966)
[ Janet Leigh ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Susan Denberg ]
The Oscar (1966)
[ Jill St. John ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Elke Sommer ][ Deanna Lund ]
The Sound of Music (1965)
[ Julie Andrews ][ Angela Cartwright ][ Heather Menzies ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Kym Karath ]
Panic Button (1964)
[ Jayne Mansfield ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Madison Avenue (1962)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
[ Tuesday Weld ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Carol Lynley ][ Luciana Paluzzi ]
The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio (1960)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Mary Wickes ]
Home from the Hill (1960)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
A Hole in the Head (1959)
[ Carol Baker ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Joi Lansing ]
The Seventh Sin (1957)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Lizzie (1957)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Joan Blondell ][ Marion Ross ]
The King and Four Queens (1956)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
[ Kim Novak ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Interrupted Melody (1955)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Valley of the Kings (1954)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Naked Jungle (1954)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Polly Bergen ]
Above and Beyond (1952)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Scaramouche (1952)
[ Janet Leigh ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Wendy Wilcoxon ]
Detective Story (1951)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Lee Grant ]
A Millionaire for Christy (1951)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Valentino (1951)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Three Secrets (1950)
[ Patricia Neal ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Caged (1950)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Jan Sterling ]
Chain Lightning (1950)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Woman in White (1948)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ Eleanor Parker ]
The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
[ Eleanor Parker ][ Eve Arden ]
Escape Me Never (1947)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
[ Hattie McDaniel ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Of Human Bondage (1946)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Pride of the Marines (1945)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Very Thought of You (1944)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Last Ride (1944)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Crime by Night (1944)
[ Jane Wyman ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Atlantic City (1944)
[ Dorothy Dandridge ][ Eleanor Parker ]
Between Two Worlds (1944)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Destination Tokyo (1943)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Mission to Moscow (1943)
[ Cyd Charisse ][ Eleanor Parker ]
The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Soldiers in White (1942)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Busses Roar (1942)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
Men of the Sky (1942)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
The Big Shot (1942)
[ Eleanor Parker ]
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
[ Olivia de Havilland ][ Hattie McDaniel ][ Eleanor Parker ][ Jo Kennedy ]
  • Mother of Paul Clemens
  • Measurements: 36-26-36 (Source: Hollywood Studio Magazine)
  • Discovered at age 18 by a Warner Bros. talent agent while merely sitting in the audience of the Pasadena Playhouse, and after just one semester of student training there.
  • Grandmother of Chase Parker
  • Probably best known as the baroness in The Sound of Music (1965).
  • Broke the champagne bottle on the nose on the train set, launching the "California Zephyr", A well known passenger train, Eastbound for Chicago. at the Western Pacific depot San Francisco on 19, March 1949

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