Person Details

Birthday: 1922-06-26 01:29:24

Death: 2013-12-09 01:29:24

Aliases: Элинор Паркер

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Cedarville, Ohio, USA


Movie Involvements: 50

TV Involvements: 6

Most Famous Work


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 Brothers' scout -- and again declined, wanting to finish her first year at the Playhouse. When the year was up, Eleanor contacted Warner Brothers to take them up their offer of a screen-test, and was signed as a contract player two days after it was shot. Her beauty meant she was not forgotten, and she was cast in one of Warner Brothers' biggest productions for the 1943 season, the pro-Soviet Mission to Moscow (1943) 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 McCarthy era for its glorification of "Uncle Joe" Stalin. The film proved significant to Eleanor as she met a 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. 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 Venice 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 crippled wife in Otto Preminger's brooding masterpiece The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) adapted from the novel by Nelson Algren. 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 (1951) and The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) could not have been more different. 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. She is probably best remembered for the relatively tame part as the Baroness in The Sound of Music (1965).

Most Famous Work

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

(1965) Baroness Elsa von Schraeder
Ghost Story

Ghost Story

(1972) Paula Burgess


(1960) Marion Bannion/Gussie Hill
Bracken's World

Bracken's World

(1969) Sylvia Caldwell
The Man with the Golden Arm

The Man with the Golden Arm

(1955) Zosch Machine
The Naked Jungle

The Naked Jungle

(1954) Joanna Leiningen
Detective Story

Detective Story

(1951) Mary McLeod
Escape from Fort Bravo

Escape from Fort Bravo

(1953) Carla Forester


Year Character Movie/Tv
2019 (archive footage)
1997 N/A
1991 Zosch Machine (archive footage) (uncredited)
Catherine Blake
1984 Maggie Tarrow
1982 N/A
1981 Katherine Richardson
1980 The Lady
1979 Regine Danton
Mrs. Thoren
1978 N/A
Lady Amberly
1977 Rosie Strickland
Alicia Fairchild Bradbury
1974 Alexandra Morgan
1973 Peggy Lowery
1972 Paula Burgess
1971 Sue Greer
Claire Miller
1969 Dame Brinker
Sylvia Caldwell
Aunt Danny
1968 N/A
Margitta Kingsley
1967 Mme Vincenzini
Mrs. Doris Ruston
1966 Deborah Kelly Rojack
Sophie Cantaro
1965 Baroness Elsa von Schraeder
1964 Louise
1963 N/A
1962 Anne Tremaine
1961 Connie Rossi
1960 Marion Bannion/Gussie Hill
Hannah Hunnicutt
1959 Eloise Rogers
1957 Carol Carwin
Elizabeth Richmond
1956 Sabina McDade
1955 Zosch Machine
Marjorie Lawrence
Mary Stuart Cherne
1954 Ann Barclay Mercedes
Joanna Leiningen
1953 Carla Forester
Lucey Tibbets
1952 Lenore
1951 Mary McLeod
Christabel 'Christy' Sloane
Joan Carlisle / Sarah Gray
1950 Susan Chase
Marie Allen
Joan "Jo" Holloway
1949 Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
1948 N/A
Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick
1947 Sally Middleton
Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
Fenella MacLean
1946 Ellen Gayley
Mildred Rogers
1945 Ruth Hartley
1944 Self
Janet Wheeler
Kitty Kelly
Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Irene Carr
Ann Bergner
1943 Mike's Wife on Record (voice) (uncredited)
Emlen Davies
Letty Carstairs
1942 Colleen (song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")
Mrs. Frank Bickley
Telephone Operator (voice)
Nurse Ryan
Year Character Movie/Tv

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