Eleanor Parker


Actor
Eleanor Parker

About

Also Known As
Eleanor Jean Parker
Birth Place
Cedarville, Ohio, USA
Born
June 26, 1922
Died
December 09, 2013

Biography

A ravishing redheaded leading lady of the 1940s and 50s, Eleanor Parker signed a contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday after gaining experience on stage in Cleveland, summer stock and at the Pasadena Playhouse. She made her debut in Raoul Walsh's "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941) before graduating to starring status in distinguished films like "Pride of the Marines" (1945,...

Photos & Videos

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Pride of the Marines - Movie Poster
A Hole in the Head - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Fred L Losse
Husband
Dentist. US Naval lieutenant; married on March 21, 1943; divorced on December 5, 1944.
Bert Friedlob
Husband
Producer. Eloped to Las Vegas on January 5, 1946; divorced on November 10, 1953.
Paul Clemens
Husband
Artist. Introduced by William Holden; married on November 25, 1954; divorced on March 9, 1965.
Raymond N Hirsch
Husband
Businessman. Married on April 17, 1966.

Bibliography

"Eleanor Parker, Woman of a Thousand Faces: A Bio-Bibliography and Filmography"
Doug McClelland, Scarecrow Press (1989)
"Eleanor Powell: First Lady of Dance"
Alice B Levin

Biography

A ravishing redheaded leading lady of the 1940s and 50s, Eleanor Parker signed a contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday after gaining experience on stage in Cleveland, summer stock and at the Pasadena Playhouse. She made her debut in Raoul Walsh's "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941) before graduating to starring status in distinguished films like "Pride of the Marines" (1945, her third movie with director Delmer Daves), and "Voice of the Turtle" (1947, opposite Ronald Reagan), adapted from John van Druten's Broadway hit. Parker reached the zenith of her popularity and acclaim in the early 50s, winning three Best Actress Oscar nominations for her terrorized prison inmate in "Caged" (1950), as Kirk Douglas' neglected wife with a secret in "Detective Story" (1951) and as polio-stricken opera star Marjorie Lawrence in "Interrupted Melody" (1955). That same year, she was also memorable as Frank Sinatra's beautiful but hateful crippled wife in Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm." Parker's career had definitely peaked, and though she would reteam with Raoul Walsh for "The King and Four Queens" (1956, with Clark Gable) and Sinatra for Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head" (1959), her best work of the late 50s was in Hugo Haas's "Lizzie" (1957) in which she was excellent as a woman with three distinct personalities, and Carl Schultz's "The Seventh Sin" (1957), playing the adulterous wife of a doctor who redeems herself during an epidemic. "Madison Avenue" (1962) marked her last starring role in a picture, but Parker continued to appear in secondary roles through the 70s, most notably as the Baroness in Robert Wise's "The Sound of Music" (1965). After headlining the NBC melodrama about the movie business "Bracken's World" (1969-70) and appearing in her final feature to date, "Sunburn" (1979), Parker acted in three TV-movies, "Once Upon a Spy" (ABC, 1980), "Madame X" (NBC, 1981) and "Dead on the Money" (TNT, 1991), in addition to the 1986 "Stage Struck" episode of CBS' "Murder, She Wrote." Parker died of complications of pneumonia in Palm Springs on December 9, 2013.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Dead On The Money (1991)
Catherine Blake
Madame X (1981)
Once Upon a Spy (1980)
Sunburn (1979)
She's Dressed To Kill (1979)
Fantasy Island (1977)
Eunice Hollander Baines
The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)
Peggy Lowery
Home for the Holidays (1972)
Alex Morgan
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971)
Claire Miller
Eye of the Cat (1969)
Aunt Danny
How to Steal the World (1968)
Warning Shot (1967)
Mrs. Doris Ruston
The Tiger and the Pussycat (1967)
Esperia
An American Dream (1966)
Deborah Rojack
The Oscar (1966)
Sophie Cantaro
The Sound of Music (1965)
The baroness
Panic Button (1964)
Louise Harris
Madison Avenue (1962)
Anne Tremaine
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Connie
Home from the Hill (1960)
Hannah Hunnicutt
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Mrs. Eloise Rogers
Lizzie (1957)
Elizabeth Richmond
The Seventh Sin (1957)
Carol Carwin
The Man with the Golden Arm (1956)
Zosh
The King and Four Queens (1956)
Sabina McDade
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Mary Stuart Cherne
Interrupted Melody (1955)
Marjorie Lawrence
Valley of the Kings (1954)
Ann Mercedes
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Joanna Leiningen
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Carla Forester
Above and Beyond (1953)
Lucey Tibbets
Scaramouche (1952)
Lenore
Valentino (1951)
Joan Carlisle, also known as Sarah Grey
Detective Story (1951)
Mary McLeod
A Millionaire for Christy (1951)
Christabel Sloane
Chain Lightning (1950)
Jo Holloway
Caged (1950)
Marie Allen
Three Secrets (1950)
Susan Chase
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Herself
The Woman in White (1948)
Laura Fairlie/Ann Catherick
One for the Book (1948)
Sally Middleton
Escape Me Never (1947)
Fenella [MacLean]
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
Ellen Gayley
Of Human Bondage (1946)
Mildred Rogers
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Ruth Hartley
Crime by Night (1944)
Irene Carr
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Janet Wheeler
The Last Ride (1944)
Kitty Kelly
Between Two Worlds (1944)
Ann Bergner
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Atlantic City (1944)
Bathing beauty
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Emlen Davies
The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
Letty Carstairs
Busses Roar (1942)
Norma

Cast (Special)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1975)
Christine Drayton; Joanna'S Mother
Knight's Gambit (1964)
Dorian Smith

Cast (Short)

Men of the Sky (1942)
Vaudeville Days (1942)
Soldiers in White (1941)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Bastard (1978)
Vanished (1971)

Life Events

1932

Began her career at the age of ten with the Cleveland Playhouse Curtain Pullers (date approximate)

1939

Enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse after graduating from high school; discovered by a Warner Bros. talent scout (date approximate)

1940

Signed a contract with Warners on her 18th birthday

1941

Film debut, a bit part in "They Died With Their Boots On"

1950

Last picture with Warner Bros., "Three Secrets", paired her with director Robert Wise; began free-lancing

1950

Received first Oscar nomination for her leading role in "Caged"

1951

Picked up second Oscar nomination for William Wyler's "Detective Story"

1955

Beautiful but hateful as the wheelchair wife in Otto Preminger's "Man with the Golden Arm", starring Frank Sinatra

1955

Received the last of her three Oscar nominations as Best Actress for her work in "Interrupted Melody"

1959

Second film with Sinatra, Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head"

1962

Last starring role in "Madison Avenue"

1965

Received "guest star" billing for her prominent supporting role as the Baroness in the popular musical film, "The Sound of Music", directed by Wise

1969

TV series debut as regular, "Bracken's World" (NBC)

1970

Returned to the stage; toured for two seasons in a production of "Forty Carats"

1971

Played bickering wife of Jackie Cooper and mother to Sally Field's hippie runaway in ABC movie "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring"

1973

Headlined ABC movie "The Great American Beauty Contest"

1975

Starred in comedy pilot, Stanley Kramer's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (ABC), based on the director's 1967 feature

1978

Portrayed Lady Amberly in syndicated miniseries "The Bastard"

1979

Returned to feature films after a ten-year absence to play a role in "Sunburn"; last feature film to date

1986

Appeared in "Stage Struck" episode of "Murder She Wrote" (CBS)

1991

Played Catherine Blake in TNT movie "Dead on the Money"

Photo Collections

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Pride of the Marines - Movie Poster
Pride of the Marines - Movie Poster
A Hole in the Head - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Above and Beyond - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Above and Beyond (1953), starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker and produced and directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama.
The Man with the Golden Arm - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters from Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1956), starring Frank Sinatra. The main poster design is by Saul Bass.
A Hole in the Head - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

King And Four Queens, The (1956) - Lady Of The House Drifter Kehoe (Clark Gable) rides to the McDade ranch where Ma (Jo Van Fleet) and four widowed daughters in-law (Barbara Nichols, Jean Willes, Sara Shane and Eleanor Parker, dressing, in that order) are said to be sitting on $100,000 in stolen gold, early in The King And Four Queens, 1956.
King And Four Queens, The (1956) - I Wouldn't Lie To Her Kehoe (Clark Gable), who contrived to be shot as a trespasser by the matron of the ranch where her four possibly-wealthy widowed daughters-in-law live, is treated by the smartest, Sabina (Eleanor Parker), checking out his story, early in The King And Four Queens, 1956.
Caged (1950) - I'm On The Last Lap Bad news from the infirmary nurse (Eileen Stevens) as new inmate Marie (Eleanor Parker) is led to isolation where she meets another nurse (Jane Darwell) and a dying roommate (June Whipple) in John Cromwell's Caged, 1950.
Caged (1950) - Open, Pile Out You Tramps! Opening sequence is in the wagon carrying Marie (Eleanor Parker), Emma (Ellen Corby) and friends to prison, from director John Cromwell's seminal women-in-prison drama Caged, 1950.
Caged (1950) - Being Here Is The Punishment Agnes Moorehead hasn’t been introduced but we infer she’s the warden, receiving panicked, pregnant 19-year old, probably wrongly-convicted widow Marie (Eleanor Parker), offering wisdom, in Warner Bros.’ and producer Jerry Wald’s Caged, 1950, from screenwriter Viriginia Kellog’s original research.
Caged (1950) - Hype The New Fish New in the women's prison, Marie (Eleanor Parker) gets support from Kitty (Betty Garde), Smoochie (Jan Sterling), Claire (Joan Miller) and wacky Georgia (Gertrude Michael) in John Cromwell's Caged, 1950.
Caged (1950) - Presents For My Girls Fellow inmate Ann (Lynn Sherman) introduces new girl Marie (Eleanor Parker) to the all-kinds-of-scary matron Harper (Hope Emerson), in John Cromwell's prison drama Caged, 1950.
Hole In The Head A (1959) - Water's Good For You Brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson), with wife Sophie (Thelma Ritter), is too candid as he introduces widow Eloise (Eleanor Parker) to his brother, cash-strapped Miami hotel owner and single dad Tony (Frank Sinatra), Eddie Hodges the kid, Frank Capra directing, in A Hole In The Head, 1959.
Naked Jungle, The (1954) - You've Never Seen Your Husband? Not bad opening scene, Eleanor Parker floating up what the map suggests is the Amazon, with Romo Vincent the boat captain and William Conrad the local official, in producer George Pal’s The Naked Jungle, 1954, from the widely-read short story Leiningen Versus The Ants.
Naked Jungle, The (1954) - Marabunta! Cocoa plantation owner Leinengen (Charlton Heston), his not-beloved mail order bride Joanna (Eleanor Parker) and the gloomy South American (country not specified) local official (William Conrad) behold the threatening ants, in producer George Pal’s The Naked Jungle, 1954.
Naked Jungle, The (1954) - I Don't Like Humor In A Woman The awkward first meeting between improbably sophisticated sort-of mail order bride Joanna (Eleanor Parker) and her new husband (Charlton Heston), owner of a South American cocoa plantation, in The Naked Jungle, 1954, from special-effects specialist producer George Pal.
Valley Of The Kings (1954) - Not That Kind Of Lady Opening scene in which MGM gets every penny of it's on-location at the pyramids payoff, aristocratic Ann (Eleanor Parker) introduces herself to rugged archaeologist Mark (Robert Taylor), who gets to slug a guy, in Valley Of The Kings, 1954.

Trailer

Hollywood Canteen -- (Original Trailer) Half of Hollywood pitches in to help a serviceman and a starlet find love at the Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Never Say Goodbye - (Original Trailer) A husband (Errol Flynn) tries to win back his wife (Eleanor Parker) before she can divorce him in the romantic comedy Never Say Goodbye (1946).
Man With The Golden Arm, The - (Original Trailer) A junkie (Frank Sinatra) must face his true self to kick his drug addiction in Otto Preminger's groundbreaking movie, The Man With The Golden Arm (1955).
Of Human Bondage (1946) - (Original Trailer) Paul Henreid is the medical student in love with Eleanor Parker's Cockney waitress in the second version of Of Human Bondage (1946).
Hole In The Head, A - (Original Trailer) Frank Sinatra is a single father whose swinging lifestyle could cost him custody of his son in Frank Capra's A Hole In The Head (1959).
Lizzie - (Original Trailer) A mousy woman discovers she has two other personalities in Lizzie (1957) starring Eleanor Parker and Richard Boone.
Busses Roar - (Original Trailer) A saboteur rigs a bomb aboard a bus to destroy a strategic oil field in Busses Roar (1942).
Detective Story -- (Original Trailer) A rigid police detective (Kirk Douglas) accidentally uncovers his wife's shady past life in William Wyler's Detective Story (1951).
Valley of the Kings - (Original Trailer) Archaeologists clash with graverobbers during the search for a priceless Egyptian treasure in Valley of the Kings (1954) starring Robert Taylor.
Escape From Fort Bravo -- (Original Trailer) William Holden has to keep Confederate prisoners in while keeping Apaches out in the color western Escape From Fort Bravo (1953).
Seventh Sin, The - (Original Trailer) Eleanor Parker stars in The Seventh Sin (1957) based on Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil.
How to Steal the World - (Original Trailer) Secret agent Napoleon Solo fights to stop a top-secret plot to conquer the world in How to Steal the World (1968).

Family

Susan Friedlob
Daughter
Born in 1948.
Sharon Friedlob
Daughter
Born in 1950.
Richard Friedlob
Son
Born in 1952.
Paul Clemens
Son
Actor. Born in 1958.

Companions

Fred L Losse
Husband
Dentist. US Naval lieutenant; married on March 21, 1943; divorced on December 5, 1944.
Bert Friedlob
Husband
Producer. Eloped to Las Vegas on January 5, 1946; divorced on November 10, 1953.
Paul Clemens
Husband
Artist. Introduced by William Holden; married on November 25, 1954; divorced on March 9, 1965.
Raymond N Hirsch
Husband
Businessman. Married on April 17, 1966.

Bibliography

"Eleanor Parker, Woman of a Thousand Faces: A Bio-Bibliography and Filmography"
Doug McClelland, Scarecrow Press (1989)
"Eleanor Powell: First Lady of Dance"
Alice B Levin