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´Sound of Music´ actress
Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Associated Press, by Jessica Herndon

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/9/2013 9:51:58 PM

LOS ANGELES— Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added. Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965´s "The Sound of Music," in which

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/9/2013 10:04:27 PM     (No. 9647400)

One of the most beautiful woman to ever graced the screen.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/9/2013 11:09:16 PM     (No. 9647470)



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Reply 3 - Posted by: FLCracker, 12/9/2013 11:28:42 PM     (No. 9647481)

At age 19, she had a small role in "They Died With Their Boots On" and a lead, as Nurse Paula Ryan, in the short filmed to accompany it, "Soldiers in White."

Her part in "Boots" ended up on the cutting room floor, but not in the short.

The short was a light-hearted little love story, filmed to entice medical personnel into enlisting in the pre-Pearl Harbor Army, and was filmed at Fort Sam Houston in the last week of October, 1941.

Although it did premiere with "Boots" in early 1942, it was an odd little film for the vastly more somber mood in post-Pearl Harbor America.

I have seen that short more times than I can count and to me, Eleanor Parker is eternally tht 19-year-old ingenue.

Rest in peace, Nurse Ryan.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 12/9/2013 11:58:01 PM     (No. 9647508)

Just saw her last week w John Garfield on TCM. She played a war bride who welcomed her newly married husband home blinded by the war. Wonderful performance.

Some of my favorite lines by great femme fatale actors:

"Snap out of it!"
~ Cher in Moostruck after slapping Nicholas Cage

"Fasten your seat belts. It´s going to be a bumpy night."
~ Bettye Davis in All About Eve

"...and there´s a young governess... who, I´m afraid, will NEVER be a nun..."
~ Eleanor Parker in Sound of Music
She stole all those scenes with her class, skill & gravitas. She made (the snob) Julie Andrews´ acting look amateurish. Played very well opposite Christopher Plummer´s understated slyness. A neo-villain you couldn´t help but admire -- even when she said, "Boarding school, Max." That´s rare talent.

A life lived well it seems. Rest in Peace, Duchess!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: klutkz, 12/10/2013 12:43:04 AM     (No. 9647530)

Such a beautiful female. Rest in peace.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/10/2013 1:04:29 AM     (No. 9647542)

Aww, this is really sad. RIP beautiful lady with the elegant voice.

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