This is a tribute to legendary actress Eleanor Parker who saddly passed away on December 9th 2013 at age 91.
She appeared in many classic movies including “Interrupted Melody”, “Detective Story”, “Caged”, “Of Human Bondage”, “Scaramouche”, “The Naked Jungle”, “Valley of the Kings”, “Escape from Fort Bravo”, “The Man with the Golden Arm” and of course, “The Sound of Music” as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder.
Eleanor Parker was a brilliant actress and she received 3 Oscar nominations.
She had a brilliant career of more of 80 films.
Trivia: Eleanor Parker could read music and had a firm soprano voice with perfect pitch. She prepared for the singing aspect of her role in “Interrupted Melody” by listening to the opera arias for weeks and she sang them during the filming in full voice instead of just lip-synching.
Eleanor Parker was very versatile as an actress and she was also a great beauty.
In my opinion, she should have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “The Sound of Music”. And I am not the only one who thinks that way. She was brilliant as “The Baroness”, she gave a masterful, understated performance. Her face expressions were priceless, she brought many different emotions through her faca and when she sees the Von Trapps singing for the first time, she tells Max: “You didn’t tell me… to bring my harmonica”.And her anxiety, expressions, nervousness, jealousy and disappointment when she is with the Captain and Maria is priceless.