R.I.P Eleanor Parker

the baroness

Three time Best Actress Oscar nominee Eleanor Parker died Monday, due to complications from pneumonia. She was 91. This is an unfortunate lost, as Parker is one of the most underrated classic movie actresses of all time. She is most popularly known playing the Baroness Schieder in 1965’s “The Sound of Music”. Which she was superb in. When I first saw the movie, I always wondered why she didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was so “on the spot” with such a minimal role, and probably best in show after Julie Andrews (arguably even better). However, the greatest Parker performance is when she portrayed Australian-born Opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in “Interrupted Melody” (1955). In the film, Lawrence plays across Glenn Ford as her famous opera singer suffers from polio. The range she shows in the film truly defines Parker’s career, and it honestly is a forgotten gem and one of the best performances to come out of the 1950s. A truly deserved Oscar nomination. Go see it to celebrate her life! Here’s the only photo I found from the film:



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