Born 1922 in Cedarville, Ohio, American actress Eleanor Parker was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941, and had her film debut as Nurse Ryan in Soldiers in White in 1942.
Parker appeared in some 80 movies and television series. An actress of notable versatility, she was called Woman of a Thousand Faces by Doug McClelland, author of a biography of Parker by the same title.
Parker was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 1950s, for Caged (1950), Detective Story (1951) and Interrupted Melody (1955). Her role in Caged also won her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. One of her most memorable roles was that of “the Baroness” Elsa von Schraeder in The Sound of Music (1965).
Parker’s final TV role was a small supporting role in the 1991 TV movie Dead on the Money. She died in 2013, at a medical facility in Palm Springs, California, of complications of pneumonia. She was 91.
For her contributions to the motion picture industry, Parker was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Eleanor Parker in the 1940s and 1950s.