“Sound of Music” Star Eleanor Parker Has Died
She lived a long and storied life as one of Tinseltown’s great actresses, and sadly Eleanor Parker passed away yesterday (December 9) in Palm Springs, California.
The late actress, who was 91 years old, was best known for her supporting actress role in “The Sound of Music,” playing Baroness Schraeder opposite Christopher Plummer.
Additionally, Parker received three Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards during the course of her career, cementing her place in Hollywood history.
Plummer told the LA Times, "Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."
Eleanor’s son Paul Clemens shared, "[Her part in the Sound of Music] was a lovely role, and she was terrific in it, but it was hardly her greatest role. It was only in the last 10 years of her life that she became glad she had done the film. People of all ages know it."
Back in 1946, Parker told Movie Show magazine that she was determined to be a successful actress. "I wasn't even afraid of all of the tough luck stories I'd heard about other girls who had gone to Hollywood but hadn't conquered. I knew that if I trained myself properly, I'd be ready for the break when it came.
Among Eleanor’s notable roles are movies like “They Died With Their Boots On,” “The Woman in White,” “A Hole in the Head,” and “The Man with the Golden Arm.”