Eleanor Parker Dies of Pneumonia at the Age of 91

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Explore Talent re-posts about the death of Eleanor Parker at age 91. The "Sound of Music" star died of pneumonia complications in a medical center near her residence in Palm Springs, California.

In a report on Huffington Post, Richard Gale, a family friend, said Parker died from complications brought on by the respiratory illness on Monday morning. He said she died peacefully and that she was with her kids until the end.

Acting Career

Eleanor Parker was nominated three times for an Academy Award. She played the Baroness in the hit movie musical, Sound of Music, which was revamped for TV just last week. The actress also played opposite Frank Sinatra, who played a heroin addict in The Man With the Golden Arm.

According to CNN, her acting career started with stage performances when she was still a teenager. When she turned 18, she signed a studio contract with Warner Bros. after she caught their eye during a stage play produced by the Pasadena Playhouse where she was performing. She landed her first major role under the contract as Mildred Rogers in the 1946 remake of "Of Human Bondage".

Her breakthrough performance was when she played a prison inmate in the 1950 film "Caged". This brought her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress, ChicagoTribune reports. After this, she got another nomination for playing in one of her most challenging roles, Kirk Douglas’ frustrated wife in the 1951 movie, "Detective Story".

Her last nomination came in 1955 in "Interrupted Melody", where she played Marjorie Lawrence, an opera star. The actress had to memorize 22 arias in only 10 days for this role. She locked herself in a cabin to do this in the required time.

Screenwriter William Ludwig shared with Parker Parker’s Oscar nomination for the work "Interrupted Melody". In 1986, he wrote a biography about the actress.

Parker was later featured in a number of series like The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, Murder, She Wrote and Fantasy Island. Her last screen appearance was on the telefilm titled Dead on the Money that was released on 1991.

Four Marriages

Although Parker was working a lot, she had time for her personal life. She went into marriage four times. The first time was with Fred Losee, then with Bert E. Friedlob, a producer. Her third husband was Paul Clemens, an artist and the last one was Raymond Hirsch, a Chicago theater executive. All her ex-husbands have already passed away. At the event of her death, Parker left behind two daughters, Susan and Sharon.

Because of Parker’s impressive career, many people will remember her not just as a wonderful actress, but also as a great person and a beautiful woman.

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