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SO UNDERRATED IS RIGHT- HONORARY OSCAR DUE?
- Henry Dreher
I agree with the sentiments here about Eleanor Parker - astonishingly talented; remarkable range of characterizations in so many different kinds of roles; subtle but intense beauty with a phenomenal, sometimes sultry sometimes sad, expressive voice; and painfully underrated over the course of her career. I just saw Never Say Goodbye in which she showed her ability to work off another great actor in her byplay both comic and erotic with Errol Flynn. She also starred with Flynn in a small but interesting movie, Escape Me Never, in which she again has some beautifully played scenes with him. Few people seem to recall anything about the version of Of Human Bondage, mostly because it wasn't very successful, but her performance in the same role Bette Davis made famous in the 1930s was - in my view - even tougher and more surprising than Davis's, which is saying a lot because Davis was great in her version. (The movie has too many other deficiencies to be well remembered, starting with the miscasting of Paul Henreid, so Parker's work has been forgotten...see it when it's next on TCM and keep your eye on her, because her performance is electric.) Then, of course, there is Caged, in which her eyes actually change as her character changes and becomes stripped of her spirit - it's way more than makeup, as she transforms herself over and over - from meek mouse to shattered soul to ball of rage to hardened con. Caged is probably the greatest women's prison picture because of her performance, above all else. And I haven't even said anything about Scaramouche, Detective Story, Interrupted Melody, Man with the Golden Arm, The Seventh Sin, The Sound of Music. It's great to know that she is alive at 90 and hopefully well, living long being the best revenge when one hasn't been fully given one's due...which is all the more reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should give her an Honorary Oscar for her Brilliant Career in Movies.
Valentino movie 1951
- Luba Boychuk
In my opinion Valentino movie 1951 has the best of everything: Beautiful love story, acting, direction, musical score, script, and great chemistry between the very beautiful Eleanor Parker and unforgettable, handsome Tony Dexter.
Stunning in all respects
Like many people of my generation, I was first exposed to Eleanor Parker in the Sound of Music. Then one day I turned on TCM, and caught Never Say Goodbye with Eleanor and Errol Flynn. I did not recognize her immediately, but it was her voice that ultimately tipped me off as to who she was. What an unmistakably expressive and sexy voice! After that, I began to delve into her career more, and have been just floored by her depth and breadth of work. She is one of the best actresses of her generation, and truly one of the most beautiful. I think she is able to express more with her exquisite eyes than perhaps any other actress...bar none. I am only ashamed that I did not know more about her up until now. I would like to see her gain more recognition and exposure than she currently does. It is truly shameful that many people out there surely believe (like I once did) that the Baroness was the pinnacle of her career. How tragically wrong!
Eleanor Parker... exquisite actress...
Just got thru watching Errol Flynn & Eleanor Parker in Never Say Goodbye (1946), a silly comedy, but fun to watch. I almost didn't watch it, thinking I must have seen it before, but no, somehow I'd missed this one. Throughout the movie, while most people would probably be watching Errol, I was struck by Eleanor's ease and poise and elegant sassy delivery... and omg, how beautiful.... an absolute joy to watch her. I hope she's enjoying her golden years, and maybe knows that there are a great many of us who feel she was under-appreciated... and our admiration endures.
Eleanor Parker -
- Brian Haggerty
Ms Parker is truly one of the most underappreciated talents in the business. I always went to the movies to see her films and today my goal is to get them all on DVD. I show them to family and friends and we all have a grand time watching her incredible versatility from film to film.
One of the unknown Hollywood greats
- John Klintworth
Like Charles Laughton or Bette Davis, I would watch a movie just because Eleanor Parker was in it, to me, she's that good. That she sprang into movies at 18 a full fledged woman and actress is astonishing even today. It's a pity that she retired from acting, I imagine she'd be an astonishing character actor even today in her early 80s. Maybe if she was better known she might have got some half decent scripts and stayed in the business. A truly class act, thank you Miss Parker for sharing your talent.
World Class-leading Screen Presence
- Anthony Hopkins
Throughout her acting career Eleanor Parker projected an honest and elegant dignity onto the movie screen that was apparent no matter the role that she played. Robert Wise possibly best captured this when he cast her as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music" (1965). Even the likable, cute and squeaky-clean Julie Andrews seems to disappear into the wallpaper when on camera with Ms. Parker. In addition Eleanor Parker is one of the most under-rated beauties of the cinema with timeless looks that even to date qualifies her as beautiful by all generations' standards. Watch the scene in "Between Two Worlds" (1944) where she awakes from near-death and you will see a face that most of today's top fashion models would envy. Bravo Ms. Parker !
Lovely, Wonderful Actress
- Brian Haggerty
Always one of my favorite actresses, real class. Happy that more of her films are making it to DVD ,like Caged, Detective Sotry. Can not understand why Interrupted Melody has not been cleaned up and released. Truly wonderful film with Ms Parker at the peak of her career. Her moment with SInatra in Hole In The Head is a great piece of acting. It is just how a character, who loses her son and husband in an accident, would tell her story to a stranger. I understand Ms Parker is well in retirement, which is great to hear. Also think her Baroness is a high point despite the incandesence of a young Julie Andrews.
A GREAT TALENT WITH A WIDE RANGE OF ROLES
THERE IS NOT A ROLE THAT THIS FANTASTIC ACTRESS TACKLED THAT SHE DID NOT GIVE AGREAT PERFORMANCE. WITNESS "INTERRUPTED MELODY" "ABOVE AND BEYOND" "THE DETECTIVE STORY" AND "CAGED" TO NAME JUST A FEW. I RECENTLY SAW "THE SEVENTH SIN" WHICH HAS BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITES. SHE COULD NOT GIVE A BAD PERFORMANCE. NEVER PLAYED THE SAME ROLE TWICE----MADE CLARK GABLE, FRANK SINATRA AND GLENN FORD LOOK GOOD. ALWAYS GREAT.
Beautiful, Talented, but sadly Underrated
Eleanor Parker is one of my favorite actresses - beautiful and underrated. She was in a vast array of wonderful movies, some of which I have yet to see, like Caged. But of the movies I have seen her in, I have to say my favorites were The Voice of the Turtle, The Naked Jungle, Scaramouche, and The Very Thought of You. She should have won an Oscar.
A great beauty with a sexy voice
- Joseph Jones
The first thing I always think of with Eleanor Parker is how stunningly beautiful she is and then what an incredibly sexy voice she had--wow! That she was also an incredible actress--just watch her crawl across the floor in Interrupted Melody and I dare you not to cry--made her even more of a classic.
actress Eleanor Parker
- catherine scott
she gave a good clean performance in everything she did a real professional
World Class-leading Screen Presence
- Anthony Hopkins
Throughout her acting career Eleanor Parker projected an honest and elegant dignity onto the movie screen that was apparent no matter which character she played. Robert Wise possibly best captured this when he cast her as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music" (1965). Even the likable, cute and squeaky-clean Julie Andrews seems to disappear into the wallpaper when on camera with Ms. Parker. In addition Eleanor Parker is one of the most under-rated beauties of the cinema with timeless looks that even to date qualifies her as beautiful by all generations' standards. Watch the scene in "Between Two Worlds" (1944) where she awakes from near-death and you will see a face that most of today's top fashion models would envy. Bravo Ms. Parker !
A talented Actress
- catherine scott
ifirst saw eleanor parker in return to peyton place i remember thinking what a talented beautiful actress she was they dont make them like her any more her leaving show business is a sad loss to the entertainment world she always gave a great performance in any film she ever made she deserved a lot more recognition for the work she did her name should have been a lot bigger in hollywood
Oscar nominee deserves better
- Robert Redford
TCM mistakenly has Eleanor Powell noted at the bottom of Eleanor Parker's biography. Also, there are very many photos available of Eleanor Parker. TCM should post Ms. Parker's photo with her biography instead of saying "no image available".
Class-leading Screen Presence
- Rick Amick
Throughout her acting career Eleanor Parker projected an honest and elegant dignity onto the silver screen that was apparent no matter which character she played. Robert Wise possibly best captured this when he cast her as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music" (1965). Even the likeable, cute and squeaky-clean Julie Andrews seems to disappear into the wallpaper when on camera with Ms. Parker. In addition Eleanor Parker is one of the most under-rated beauties of the cinema with timeless looks that even to date qualifies her as beautiful by all generations' standards. Watch the scene in "Between Two Worlds" (1944) where she awakes from near-death and you will see a face that most of today's top fashion models would envy. Bravo Ms. Parker !
Most Under-appreciated Actress
- Bill Ellis
How is it possible that someone so talented and versatile AND one of the most beautiful women on screen never got an Oscar, not even an honorary one? Maybe she was so successful at portraying characters that she didn't call attention to herself as a star. If someone at Warners reads this, please reissue her best Warners and MGM films on DVD. And Fox, how about *A Millionaire For Christy*?