Eleanor Parker

Actor
A ravishing redheaded leading lady of the 1940s and 50s, Eleanor Parker signed a contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday after gaining experience on stage in Cleveland, summer stock and at the Pasadena ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1922 in Cedarville, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Madame X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Thoren (Actor)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Home For the Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Bracken's World 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

Deborah Rojack (Actor)

Warning Shot 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Doris Ruston (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Sophie Cantaro (Actor)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

The Baroness (Actor)

Panic Button 1963 (Movie)

Louise Harris (Actor)

Madison Avenue 1962 (Movie)

Anne Tremaine (Actor)

Return to Peyton Place 1961 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Home From the Hill 1960 (Movie)

Hannah Hunnicutt (Actor)

A Hole in the Head 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Rogers (Actor)

The King and Four Queens 1956 (Movie)

Sabina (Actor)

Interrupted Melody 1955 (Movie)

Marjorie Lawrence (Actor)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Mary Stuart Cherne (Actor)

The Man With the Golden Arm 1955 (Movie)

Zosh (Actor)

The Naked Jungle 1954 (Movie)

Joanna Leiningen (Actor)

Valley of the Kings 1954 (Movie)

Ann Mercedes (Actor)

Escape From Fort Bravo 1953 (Movie)

Carla Forester (Actor)

Scaramouche 1952 (Movie)

Lenore (Actor)

Detective Story 1951 (Movie)

Mary McLeod (Actor)

Caged 1950 (Movie)

Marie Allen (Actor)

Chain Lightning 1950 (Movie)

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Three Secrets 1950 (Movie)

Susan Adele Connors Chase (Actor)

The Voice of the Turtle 1948 (Movie)

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Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

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They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Above and Beyond (Movie)

Lucy Tibbets (Actor)

Dead on the Money (TV Show)

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Fantasy Island (TV Show)

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Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Madame X (Movie)

Katherine Richardson (Actor)

Once Upon a Spy (TV Show)

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Pride of the Marines (Movie)

Ruth Hartley (Actor)

She's Dressed to Kill (TV Show)

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The Bastard (TV Show)

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The Woman in White (Movie)

Laura Fairlie (Actor)

Biography

A ravishing redheaded leading lady of the 1940s and 50s, Eleanor Parker signed a contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday after gaining experience on stage in Cleveland, summer stock and at the Pasadena Playhouse. She made her debut in Raoul Walsh's "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941) before graduating to starring status in distinguished films like "Pride of the Marines" (1945, her third movie with director Delmer Daves), and "Voice of the Turtle" (1947, opposite Ronald Reagan), adapted from John van Druten's Broadway hit. Parker reached the zenith of her popularity and acclaim in the early 50s, winning three Best Actress Oscar nominations for her terrorized prison inmate in "Caged" (1950), as Kirk Douglas' neglected wife with a secret in "Detective Story" (1951) and as polio-stricken opera star Marjorie Lawrence in "Interrupted Melody" (1955). That same year, she was also memorable as Frank Sinatra's beautiful but hateful crippled wife in Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm." Parker's career had definitely peaked, and though she would reteam with Raoul Walsh for "The King and Four Queens" (1956, with Clark Gable) and Sinatra for Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head" (1959), her best work of the late 50s was in Hugo Haas's "Lizzie" (1957) in which she was excellent as a woman with three distinct personalities, and Carl Schultz's "The Seventh Sin" (1957), playing the adulterous wife of a doctor who redeems herself during an epidemic. "Madison Avenue" (1962) marked her last starring role in a picture, but Parker continued to appear in secondary roles through the 70s, most notably as the Baroness in Robert Wise's "The Sound of Music" (1965). After headlining the NBC melodrama about the movie business "Bracken's World" (1969-70) and appearing in her final feature to date, "Sunburn" (1979), Parker acted in three TV-movies, "Once Upon a Spy" (ABC, 1980), "Madame X" (NBC, 1981) and "Dead on the Money" (TNT, 1991), in addition to the 1986 "Stage Struck" episode of CBS' "Murder, She Wrote." Parker died of complications of pneumonia in Palm Springs on December 9, 2013.

Relationships

Paul Clemens Actor

Son
Born Jan. 7, 1958; Paul Clemens

Paul Clemens

Husband
Introduced by William Holden Married Nov. 25, 1954 Divorced March 9, 1965

Bert Friedlob Producer

Husband
Eloped Jan. 5, 1946 to Las Vegas, NV Divorced Nov. 10, 1953

Sharon Friedlob

Daughter
Born April 18, 1950; father, Bert Friedlob

Susan Friedlob

Daughter
Born March 7, 1948; father, Bert Friedlob

Richard Friedlob

Son
Born Oct. 8, 1952; father, Bert Friedlob

Raymond Hirsch

Husband
Married April 17, 1966 until his death 2001

Fred Losee

Husband
Married March 21, 1943 Divorced Dec. 5, 1944

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California

Milestones

1991

Played Catherine Blake in TNT movie "Dead on the Money"

1986

Appeared in "Stage Struck" episode of "Murder She Wrote" (CBS)

1979

Returned to feature films after a ten-year absence to play a role in "Sunburn"; last feature film to date

1978

Portrayed Lady Amberly in syndicated miniseries "The Bastard"

1975

Starred in comedy pilot, Stanley Kramer's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (ABC), based on the director's 1967 feature

1973

Headlined ABC movie "The Great American Beauty Contest"

1970

Played bickering wife of Jackie Cooper and mother to Sally Field's hippie runaway in ABC movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"

1969

Returned to the stage; toured for two seasons in a production of "Forty Carats"

1968

TV series debut as regular, "Bracken's World" (NBC)

1965

Received "guest star" billing for her prominent supporting role as the Baroness in the popular musical film, "The Sound of Music", directed by Wise

1962

Last starring role in "Madison Avenue"

1959

Second film with Sinatra, Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head"

1955

Received the last of her three Oscar nominations as Best Actress for her work in "Interrupted Melody"

1955

Beautiful but hateful as the wheelchair wife in Otto Preminger's "Man with the Golden Arm", starring Frank Sinatra

1951

Picked up second Oscar nomination for William Wyler's "Detective Story"

1950

Last picture with Warner Bros., "Three Secrets", paired her with director Robert Wise; began free-lancing

1950

Received first Oscar nomination for her leading role in "Caged"

1940

Film debut, a bit part in "They Died With Their Boots On"

1940

Signed a contract with Warners on her 18th birthday

1939

Enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse after graduating from high school; discovered by a Warner Bros. talent scout (date approximate)

1932

Began her career at the age of ten with the Cleveland Playhouse Curtain Pullers (date approximate)

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio

Acted in TV movies "Once Upon a Spy" (ABC, 1980) and "Madame X" (NBC, 1981), the seventh version of the famed weeper

Acted throughout her teens in summer stock in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Achieved star status in the mid-1940s in films including "Pride of the Marines" (1945) and "Of Human Bondage" (1946)

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