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Date Of BirthJune 26, 1922
DiedDecember 9, 2013, Palm Springs, California, United States
SpouseRaymond Hirsch, Paul Clemens, Bert E. Friedlob, Fred Losee
MarkOften portrayed strong willed women
FactHer wedding to Paul Clemens was held at the famous Hollywood Methodist Church on Thanksgiving Day 1954.

Eleanor Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, to parents who were high school teachers. She had two older sisters. Parker attended Cedarville College, where she majored in English and drama. She also appeared in several college productions. After graduation, Parker moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

Parker made her Broadway debut in 1945 in the play “State of the Union.” She also appeared in several other Broadway productions during the 1940s. In 1948, Parker made her film debut in “The Woman in White.” She went on to appear in a number of films during the 1950s, including “Interrupted Melody” (1955) and “The Sound of Music” (1965).

During her career, Parker won three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards. She was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Parker retired from acting in the early 1970s. She died on December 9, 2013, at the age of 91.

Parker was married three times. Her first husband was Raymond Massey, with whom she had two daughters. Parker’s second husband was Fred Karger, a composer. Her third husband was Robert Walker Jr., an actor. She had no children with either Karger or Walker.

General Info

Full NameEleanor Parker
Date Of BirthJune 26, 1922
DiedDecember 9, 2013, Palm Springs, California, United States
Place Of BirthCedarville, Ohio, United States
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationShaw High School


SpouseRaymond Hirsch, Paul Clemens, Bert E. Friedlob, Fred Losee
ChildrenPaul Clemens, Richard Parker Friedlob, Susan Eleanor Friedlob, Sharon Anne Friedlob
ParentsLola Isett, Lester Day Parker


AwardsVolpi Cup for Best Actress
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
MoviesThe Sound of Music, Caged, Interrupted Melody, Detective Story, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Naked Jungle, Scaramouche, Escape from Fort Bravo, Home from the Hill, A Hole in the Head, Pride of the Marines, The King and Four Queens, The Voice of the Turtle, Valley of the Kings, Many Rivers to Cro...
TV ShowsBracken's World, Fantasy Island, The Eleventh Hour, The Sound of Music, Vanished

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#Marks / Signs
1Often portrayed strong willed women


1When I'm spotted somewhere, it means that my characterizations haven't covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around.


1Died on her Detective Story (1951) co-star Kirk Douglas' 97th birthday.
2Was friends with Andrea King, Lana Turner, and Jane Greer.
3Her favorite actress was Carole Lombard.
4Upon her death, she was promptly cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea in the Pacific Ocean per her last wishes.
5Was a lifelong Democrat.
6Her wedding to Paul Clemens was held at the famous Hollywood Methodist Church on Thanksgiving Day 1954.
7Along with Olivia de Havilland, she was considered for the female lead in The Country Girl (1954).
8On March 6, 1951, Parker had to abandon her sickbed and flee with her two small children when a fire broke out in her Beverly Hills home. She was in bed with the flu when she was aroused by the smell of smoke. She took her daughters, Susan, 3, and Sharon, 1, and left the house. The blaze destroyed a staircase and a wall with damages estimating at $500.
9In May 1950, she was chosen as "Mother of the Year" by American florists.
10Got the female lead in The Very Thought of You (1944) after Ida Lupino withdrew her interest.
11Turned down the female lead in Stallion Road (1947).
12In April 1946, she was chosen as the "National Buddy Poppy Girl" by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
13During the 1940s, she was the most popular actress for columnists to write about and was the favorite subject of such famed movie star commenter's as Dorothy Kilgallen, Hedda Hopper, Shelia Graham, and Louella Parsons.
14From 2003 until her death, she lived a quiet retirement in Palm Springs, California.
15She was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month for June 2013.
16Was required to have her blonde hair buzzed off to the scalp for her role as a female convict in Caged (1950).
17In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani; Lidia Simoneschi; Rina Morelli; and Andreina Pagnani, most notably in The Sound of Music (1965).
18Broke the champagne bottle on the nose on the locomotive, launching the "California Zephyr" a well-known passenger train on its inaugural eastbound run from San Francisco to Chicago at the Western Pacific Depot (San Francisco) on March 19, 1949.
19Probably best known as the baroness in The Sound of Music (1965).
20Grandmother of Chase Parker.
21Discovered at age 18 by a Warner Bros. talent agent while merely sitting in the audience of the Pasadena Playhouse, and after just one semester of student training there.
22Mother of Susan Eleanor Friedlob (born March 7, 1948), Sharon Anne Friedlob (born April 18, 1950), Richard Parker Friedlob (born October 8, 1952) and Paul Clemens (born January 7, 1958, as Paul Day Clemens). All were born in Los Angeles County, California.




Dead on the Money1991TV MovieCatherine Blake
Murder, She Wrote1986TV SeriesMaggie Tarrow
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesNora Spencer
Hotel1983TV SeriesLeslie DeVere
Fantasy Island1977-1983TV SeriesNurse Alice Green / Peggy Atwood / Eunice Hollander Baines
The Love Boat1979-1982TV SeriesAlicia Fairchild Bradbury / Rosie Strickland
Madame X1981TV MovieKatherine Richardson
Vega$1980TV SeriesLaurie Bishop
Once Upon a Spy1980TV MovieThe Lady
She's Dressed to Kill1979TV MovieRegine Danton
Sunburn1979Mrs. Thoren
The Bastard1978TV MovieLady Amberly
Hawaii Five-O1978TV SeriesMrs. Constance Kincaid
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner1975TV MovieChristine Drayton
The Great American Beauty Contest1973TV MoviePeggy Lowery
Home for the Holidays1972TV MovieAlex Morgan
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesPaula Burgess
Vanished1971TV MovieSue Greer
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring1971TV MovieClaire Miller
Bracken's World1969-1970TV SeriesSylvia Caldwell
Hans Brinker1969TV MovieDame Brinker
Eye of the Cat1969Aunt Danny
How to Steal the World1968Margitta Kingsley
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1968TV SeriesMargitta Kingsley
The Tiger and the Pussycat1967Esperia Vincenzini
Warning Shot1967Mrs. Doris Ruston
See You in Hell, Darling1966Deborah Kelly Rojack
The Oscar1966Sophie Cantaro
Convoy1965TV SeriesKate Fowler
The Sound of Music1965The Baroness
Panic Button1964Louise Harris
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesDorian Smith
Breaking Point1964TV Series
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesFern Selman
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesConnie Folsom
Checkmate1962TV SeriesMarion Bannion / Gussie Hill
Return to Peyton Place1961Connie Rossi
Madison Avenue1961Anne Tremaine
Buick-Electra Playhouse1960TV SeriesSister Cecilia
The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio1960TV MovieSister Cecelia
Home from the Hill1960Hannah Hunnicutt
A Hole in the Head1959Eloise Rogers
The Seventh Sin1957Carol Carwin
Lizzie1957Elizabeth / Lizzie / Beth Richmond
The King and Four Queens1956Sabina McDade
The Man with the Golden Arm1955Zosh Machine
Interrupted Melody1955Marjorie Lawrence
Many Rivers to Cross1955Mary Stuart Cherne
Valley of the Kings1954Ann Barclay Mercedes
The Naked Jungle1954Joanna Leiningen
Escape from Fort Bravo1953Carla Forester
Above and Beyond1952Lucey Tibbets
Detective Story1951Mary McLeod
A Millionaire for Christy1951Christabel 'Christy' Sloane
Valentino1951Joan Carlisle / Sarah Gray
Three Secrets1950Susan Adele Connors Chase
Caged1950Marie Allen
Chain Lightning1950Joan "Jo" Holloway
It's a Great Feeling1949Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
The Woman in White1948Laura Fairlie Ann Catherick
The Voice of the Turtle1947Sally Middleton
Always Together1947Eleanor Parker (uncredited)
Escape Me Never1947Fenella MacLean
Never Say Goodbye1946Ellen Gayley
Of Human Bondage1946Mildred Rogers
Pride of the Marines1945Ruth Hartley
Hollywood Canteen1944Eleanor Parker
The Very Thought of You1944Janet Wheeler
The Last Ride1944Kitty Kelly
Crime by Night1944Irene Carr
Atlantic City1944Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Between Two Worlds1944Ann Bergner
Destination Tokyo1943Mike's Wife on Record (voice, uncredited)
Mission to Moscow1943Emlen Davies
The Mysterious Doctor1943Letty Carstairs
Vaudeville Days1942ShortColleen (song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") (uncredited)
Busses Roar1942Norma
Men of the Sky1942ShortMrs. Frank Bickley
The Big Shot1942Telephone Operator (voice, uncredited)
Soldiers in White1942ShortNurse Ryan


Hans Brinker1969TV Movie performer: "There Is A Way", "Golden Tomorrow"
Interrupted Melody1955"Tristan und Isolde" 1856-9, uncredited / performer: "Don Carlos" 1867, "II Trovatore" 1853, "Madame Butterfly" 1904, "Carmen" 1875, "Samson and Delilah" 1877, "Gotterdammerung" 1876, "Tristan und Isolde" 1856-9, "Annie Laurie" 1834-5, "Over the Rainbow" 1939, "Anchors Aweigh" 1906, "Musetta's Waltz", "The Marine Hymn" ©1891, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" 1942, "Waltzing Matilda" 1903 - uncredited


Dinah!1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards1970TV SpecialHerself
Today1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Documentary Awards
The Ed Sullivan Show1953TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryZosch Machine (uncredited)
Presidential Blooper Reel1981Video shortHerself


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6340 Hollywood Blvd.
1950International AwardVenice Film FestivalBest ActressCaged (1950)

Nominated Awards

1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaBracken's World (1969)
1963Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Eleventh Hour (1962)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star15th place.
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star15th place.
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star15th place.
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleInterrupted Melody (1955)
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleDetective Story (1951)
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleCaged (1950)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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