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- Eleanor Jean Parker
- Cedarville Ohio
- United States
- Film And TV Actress
- Perfect Body Beautiful Face
Eleanor Parker Early life
Parker was born in Cedarville, Ohio. At an early age, her family moved to East Cleveland, Ohio and she attended public schools. She is a graduate of Shaw High School. After high school, she was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941, at the age of 19. She would have debuted that year in the film They Died with Their Boots On, but her scenes were cut.
Eleanor Parker Career
By 1946, she had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines and Of Human Bondage. In 1950, she received the first of three nominations for Academy Award for Best Actress, for Caged, in which she played a prison inmate. She was also nominated in 1951 for her performance as Kirk Douglas's wife in Detective Story and again in 1955 for her portrayal of opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in the biopic Interrupted Melody. Parker then performed opposite Charlton Heston as a circa 1900 mail-order bride in George Pal's The Naked Jungle. That same year, Parker appeared in Otto Preminger's film adaptation of the National Book Award-winner The Man with the Golden Arm, in which she plays Zosh, the invalid wife of a morphine addict (Frank Sinatra). In 1956, she was billed above the title alongside Clark Gable for the Raoul Walsh-directed western comedy The King and Four Queens. A year later, she starred in another W. Somerset Maugham novel, a remake of a The Painted Veil in the role originated by Greta Garbo, released as The Seventh Sin. She also appeared in Home from the Hill and Return to Peyton Place. Possibly her most famous screen role was Baroness Elsa Schraeder in 1965's The Sound of Music. She broke the champagne bottle on the nose of the inaugural train-set for the California Zephyr in San Francisco, California on March 19, 1949. She played an alcoholic widow in Warning Shot in 1966. In 1963, she appeared as Connie Folsom in the episode "Why Am I Grown So Cold?" in the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. In 1964, she appeared in the episode "A Land More Cruel" on the ABC drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point. In 1968, she portrayed a sultry spy in How to Steal the World -- a film originally shown as a two-part episode on NBC's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. In 1969-70 she starred in the television series Bracken's World, also on NBC, and several made-for-television movies. Parker has also starred in a number of theatrical productions, including the musical Applause. She wrote the preface to the book "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well", a meditation technique developed by Roy Masters. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Blvd.
Eleanor Parker Personal life
Parker has been married four times. She first wed Fred Losee in 1943, but the union was brief, ending in 1944. She then married Bert E. Friedlob in 1946, divorcing him in 1953. They had three children together. She had a son, Paul, with her third husband, Paul Clemens; she and Clemens married in 1954 and divorced in 1965. The following year, she married her current husband, Raymond Hirsch. With this she accepted two new children into her family, Laurey and Holly. Holly died at a young age leaving behind a son and daughter. Laurey followed in her stepmother's footsteps going through three marriages before resting with Bernard Fontaine.
Eleanor Parker Trivia
Discovered 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. Probably best known as the baroness in The Sound of Music. Broke 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. Was required to have her blonde hair buzzed off to the scalp for her role as a female convict in Caged.