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Eleanor Parker: Talented & Versatile Actress Remembered

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Palms Springs area resident Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 next June 26, was one of the best actresses of Hollywood's studio era. Strangely, Parker isn't nearly as well-remembered today as she should be despite three Best Actress Academy Award nominations (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955), a number of box office and/or critical hits, and a key role in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time (The Sound of Music). Hopefully, the 34 Eleanor Parker movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing each Monday this month – Parker is TCM's Star of the Month of June – will help to introduce the actress to a broader 21st-century audience.

Eleanor Parker movies

“When I am spotted somewhere it means that my characterizations haven't covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around,” Parker once said. In fact, the title of Doug McClelland's 1989 Eleanor Parker bio, Eleanor Parker: Woman of a Thousand Faces, refers to how the actress was known at the time: a versatile performer who could play comedy or drama, sweet and innocent or vicious and jaded; she could look incredibly beautiful or – well, slightly-less-than incredibly beautiful.

In truth, Eleanor Parker was no Lon Chaney. After stepping on a spider, no one in his/her right mind would worry if that could have been Eleanor Parker. But versatile she was, even if some of her performances weren't as good – or as excellent – as others. You can check out a handful of Parker's “thousand faces” tonight, beginning with the enjoyable Warner Bros. B thriller Busses Roar (1942), featuring cold-hearted saboteurs, oil-yielding fields, and roaring busses.

In Delmer Daves' The Very Thought of You (1944), the recently married Parker finds herself at odds with her family, while in the now utterly forgotten Edward A. Blatt's Between Two Worlds (1944), she and fellow luxury-liner passengers John Garfield and Paul Henreid, among others, try to figure out where they are, why they're there, and where in hell (or heaven or purgatory) they're going in this smooth remake of Outward Bound (1930).

The Michael Curtiz-directed Mission to Moscow (1943), starring Walter Huston as American ambassador Joseph E. Davies in the Soviet Union, got Warner Bros. head Jack Warner in trouble during the anti-Communist hysteria of the post-World War II years, while a headless ghost toplines the mystery thriller The Mysterious Doctor (1943), featuring Parker and John Loder.

Crime by Night (1944), a programmer starring Jerome Cowan and Jane Wyman, is the best one of the lot. This surprisingly clever and well-acted crime comedy is reminiscent of – and in my humble opinion is superior to – MGM's William Powell-Myrna Loy Thin Man movies. In a supporting role, Eleanor Parker is duly eclipsed by leading man Cowan and supporting player Faye Emerson. (See also: “Eleanor Parker, Jean Arthur, Patricia Neal: Forgotten Actresses Montage” and Eleanor Parker among actresses who've never received an Honorary Oscar.)

Below is Eleanor Parker's Turner Classic Movies June 3 film schedule (Pacific Time), via the TCM website.

Eleanor Parker film schedule

5: 00 PM BUSSES ROAR (1942). A saboteur rigs a bomb to destroy a strategic oil field. Dir.: D. Ross Lederman. Cast: Richard Travis, Julie Bishop, Charles Drake, Eleanor Parker, Elisabeth Fraser, Richard Fraser.

6: 15 PM THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (1944). In-law problems threaten a wartime marriage. Dir.: Delmer Daves. Cast: Dennis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, Faye Emerson, Beulah Bondi, Henry Travers, William Prince, Andrea King.

8: 00 PM BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1944). Passengers on a luxury liner realize they are en route to the afterlife. Dir.: Edward A. Blatt. Cast: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Edmund Gwenn, George Tobias, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, Sara Allgood, Dennis King, Lester Matthews, Isobel Elsom.

10: 00 PM MISSION TO MOSCOW (1943). True story of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies' attempts to forge a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union. Dir.: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oscar Homolka, Eleanor Parker, Gene Lockhart, George Tobias, Richard Travis, Helmut Dantine, Victor Francen, Henry Daniell.

12: 15 AM CRIME BY NIGHT (1944). Married detectives investigating a small-town murder uncover a spy ring. Dir.: William Clemens. Cast: Jane Wyman, Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Eleanor Parker, Charles Lang, Stuart Crawford.

1: 30 AM THE LAST RIDE (1944). A detective suspects foul play in a series of accidental deaths. Dir.: D. Ross Lederman. Cast: Richard Travis, Charles Lang, Eleanor Parker, Jack La Rue, Cy Kendall.

2: 30 AM THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR (1943). Nazi agents use a headless ghost as a front. Dir.: Ben Stoloff. Cast: John Loder, Eleanor Parker, Bruce Lester, Lester Matthews, Forrester Harvey.

3: 30 AM HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (1944). A serviceman and a starlet find love at the star-staffed serviceman's center. Dir.: Delmer Daves. Cast: Joan Leslie, Dane Clark, The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Eleanor Parker, Joan Crawford, Alexis Smith, Bette Davis, Jack Carson, Kitty Carlisle, Helmut Dantine, Faye Emerson, Victor Francen, John Garfield, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, Paul Henreid, Robert Hutton, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Irene Manning, Joan McCracken, Dolores Moran, Dennis Morgan, Janis Paige, William Prince, Joyce Reynolds, Roy Rogers, Trigger, S.Z. Sakall, Zachary Scott, Barbara Stanwyck, Craig Stevens, Donald Woods, Jane Wyman, Dorothy Malone.

June 17

Eleanor Parker Today ScaramoucheEleanor Parker today: Beautiful as ever in Scaramouche, Interrupted Melody

Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 in ten days (June 26, 2013), can be seen at her most radiantly beautiful in several films Turner Classic Movies is showing this evening and tomorrow morning as part of their Star of the Month Eleanor Parker “tribute.” Among them are the classic Scaramouche, the politically delicate Above and Beyond, and the biopic Interrupted Melody, which earned Parker her third and final Best Actress Academy Award nomination. (Image: publicity shot of Eleanor Parker in Scaramouche.)

The best of the lot is probably George Sidney's balletic Scaramouche (1952), in which Eleanor Parker plays one of Stewart Granger's love interests – the other one is Janet Leigh. A loose remake of Rex Ingram's 1923 blockbuster, the George Sidney version features plenty of humor, romance, and adventure; vibrant colors (cinematography by Charles Rosher); an elaborately staged climactic swordfight; and tough dudes parading around in tights and wigs.

Scaramouche is centered, to put it quite literally, on avenging bastard Stewart Granger, who's out to get meanie, effete swordmaster Mel Ferrer. But it's Eleanor Parker's flaming red hair that nearly steals the show. Parker is a lively presence as a low-brow stage actress who falls for Granger's actor-in-disguise.

I find the buoyant George Sidney version of Scaramouche way more entertaining than Rex Ingram's stately take on Rafael Sabatini's novel. Ingram's version, however, is much more faithful to the book. Ramon Novarro starred as André-Louis Moreau a.k.a. Scaramouche, with Alice Terry as his love interest, Edith Allen as the actress, and Lewis Stone as Scaramouche's nemesis. MGM stalwart Stone and fellow Scaramouche 1923 player John George have small roles in the 1952 remake.

Polio and opera singing: Interrupted Melody

Eleanor Parker delivers an appropriately grandiose performance as opera diva Marjorie Lawrence in Curtis Bernhardt's melodramatic but entertaining Interrupted Melody (1955). Co-starring Glenn Ford and featuring a very young Roger Moore, the film turned out to be one of Parker's biggest box office hits. She lost that year's Best Actress Oscar to Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo.

Lizzie (1957), about a woman suffering from multiple-personality disorder, is considered a poor man's version of Nunnally Johnson's The Three Faces of Eve, released that same year and a respectable success that earned Joanne Woodward the Best Actress Oscar.

Directed by Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure), the Chinese-set The Seventh Sin (1957) was a poorly received remake of the Greta Garbo star vehicle The Painted Veil (also remade in 2006 with Naomi Watts), while Eleanor Parker supports Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in How to Steal the World (1968), a mash-up of a couple of episodes from the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. shown in theaters outside the United States. Of note, the big-screen The Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot currently in the works is reportedly to star Man of Steel's Henry Cavill (replacing Tom Cruise) and The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer.

Above and Beyond: Dropping the A-Bomb on Hiroshima

Robert Pirosh's cliché-ridden Valley of the Kings (1954) is a waste of Eleanor Parker's talent and, really, for the most part so is Melvin Frank and Norman Panama's Above and Beyond (1953). At least the latter film, though lacking in drama and psychological or political insights, offers some historical interest, as it revolves around the U.S. government's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Robert Taylor plays Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot assigned to that mission. Above and Beyond earned Beirne Lay Jr. an Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture Sory.

Infinitely more interesting than Frank and Panama's film is a Paul W. Tibbets interview published in The Guardian in 2002. Here's a Tibbets quote, answering a question about his thoughts on people saying “Let's nuke 'em,” or “Let's nuke these people.”

Oh, I wouldn't hesitate if I had the choice. I'd wipe 'em out. You're gonna kill innocent people at the same time, but we've never fought a damn war anywhere in the world where they didn't kill innocent people. If the newspapers would just cut out the shit: “You've killed so many civilians.” That's their tough luck for being there.

Don't expect to hear any bit of dialogue even remotely similar to the above quote in Above and Beyond.

Eleanor Parker today on TCM

8:00 PM SCARAMOUCHE (1952). A young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder. Dir.: George Sidney. Cast: Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer, Henry Wilcoxon, Nina Foch, Richard Anderson, Robert Coote, Lewis Stone, Elisabeth Risdon, Howard Freeman, John Dehner, John Litel, Carol Hughes, George Baxter, Douglass Dumbrille, John Eldredge, John George, Rex Reason, Dorothy Patrick. Color. 115 min.

10:00 PM INTERRUPTED MELODY (1955). Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence and her battle against polio. Dir.: Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway, Peter Leeds, Evelyn Ellis. Color. 106 mins. Letterbox Format.

12:00 AM HOME FROM THE HILL (1960). A southern landowner's family is torn apart by the revelation that he has an illegitimate son. Dir.: Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, Luana Patten, Anne Seymour, Constance Ford, Ray Teal. Color. 150 mins. Letterbox Format.

2:45 AM LIZZIE (1957). A mousy woman discovers she has two other personalities. Dir.: Hugo Haas. Cast: Eleanor Parker, Richard Boone, Joan Blondell, Hugo Haas, Ric Roman, Dorothy Arnold, Marion Ross, Johnny Mathis. Black and white. 81 min.

4:15 AM HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD (1968). Secret agent Napoleon Solo fights to stop a top-secret plot to conquer the world. Dir.: Sutton Roley. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Barry Sullivan, Eleanor Parker, Leslie Nielsen, Leo G. Carroll, Tony Bill, Peter Mark Richman, Hugh Marlowe, Dan O'Herlihy, Ruth Warrick, David Hurst. Color. 90 min.

6:00 AM THE SEVENTH SIN (1957). An adulteress tries to redeem herself by helping to fight an epidemic in China. Dir.: Ronald Neame. Cast: Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers, George Sanders, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Françoise Rosay, Ellen Corby. Black and white. 93 min.

7:45 AM MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (1955). A pioneer woman sets her sights on a trapper. Dir.: Roy Rowland. Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Alan Hale Jr, John Hudson, Rhys Williams, Josephine Hutchinson, Sig Ruman, Rosemary DeCamp, Russell Johnson. Color. 95 mins. Letterbox Format.

9:30 AM VALLEY OF THE KINGS (1954). Archaeologists clash with graverobbers. Dir.: Robert Pirosh. Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson, Leon Askin, Kurt Kasznar, Aldo Silvani, Victor Jory. Color. 86 min.

11:15 AM ABOVE AND BEYOND (1952). The pilot who helped drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima struggles with the demands of the dangerous mission. Dir.: Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating, Larry Gates, Jeff Richards. Black and white. 122 min.

June 24

Eleanor Parker 2013 Detective StoryEleanor Parker 2013 movie series continues today (image: Eleanor Parker in Detective Story)

Palm Springs resident Eleanor Parker is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of June 2013. Thus, eight more Eleanor Parker movies will be shown this evening on TCM. Parker turns 91 on Wednesday, June 26.

Eleanor Parker received her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for William Wyler's psychological crime drama Detective Story (1951). The movie itself feels dated, partly because of several melodramatic plot developments, and partly because of Kirk Douglas' excessive theatricality as the detective whose story is told. Parker, however, is excellent as Douglas' wife, though her role is subordinate to his.

Just about as good is Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Lee Grant, whose career would be derailed by the anti-Red hysteria of the '50s. Grant would make her comeback in the '70s, eventually winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance opposite Warren Beatty in Hal Ashby's Shampoo (1975). For the record, 1951's winners were Vivien Leigh as Best Actress and Kim Hunter as Best Supporting Actress, both for Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire.

I've never watched the rarely shown A Millionaire for Christy (1951). This 20th Century Fox production was directed by George Marshall (Destry Rides Again) and co-stars Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity), by then on his way to becoming a (mostly) minor Western star – before coming back in the '60s as one of those insufferable Disney Dads.

Eleanor Parker as Alice Terry, Mae Murray, June Mathis, etc.

Lewis Allen's Valentino (1951) is a must-see disaster, a laughably absurd biopic of Rudolph Valentino, the star of The Sheik and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Eleanor Parker plays a fictitious character that's part Mae Murray, part Alice Terry, part-June Mathis, part-Natacha Rambova, part-Jean Acker, part you-name-it.

Whether or not “partly” depicted in the film, Alice Terry, Valentino's co-star in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Conquering Power, and the widow of the director of those two films, Rex Ingram, sued Columbia Pictures for $750,000. She received a six-figure out-of-court settlement, as the film portrays Eleanor Parker's character having an affair with Valentino both before and after Terry's marriage to Ingram. Of note, Valentino star Anthony Dexter looks quite a bit like the original.

The Oscar

Another must-see disaster is Russell Rouse's The Oscar (1966), a Hollywood-set cautionary tale based on Richard Sale's novel about the pitfalls of fame and the dangers of golden statuettes of naked men holding long swords between their legs. Eleanor Parker plays the agent who discovers ambitious actor Stephen Boyd, who falls for beauty Elke Sommer.

Among those glimpsed in The Oscar's cameos and supporting roles are Merle Oberon, Milton Berle, Joseph Cotten, Jill St. John, Tony Bennett, Peter Lawford, Hedda Hopper, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Oscar winners Ernest Borgnine, Ed Begley, Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Frank Sinatra, James Dunn, and Edith Head. The film's last scene was clearly based on the Frank Capra / Frank Lloyd Oscar tale that, according to Capra's biographer Joseph McBride, never happened – or at least not the way the director described it in his autobiography.

Note: The IMDb lists Joan Crawford as one of The Oscar's guest stars. I don't recall seeing her in the movie.

A latter-day Frank Capra and a drug-addicted Frank Sinatra

Speaking of Frank Capra, he's the director of the 1959 comedy A Hole in the Head, his next-to-last movie. (Released in 1961, A Pocketful of Miracles was the last one.) Frank Sinatra is Eleanor Parker's leading man.

Sinatra is also Parker's leading man in Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), a melodrama about drug addiction that left censors apoplectic and audiences wondering how it would feel to shoot up heroin. The Man with the Golden Arm was a huge box office hit, earning Frank Sinatra his one Best Actor Oscar nomination. Eleanor Parker, unfortunately, is way over the top as Sinatra's harridan-from-hell wife, while Kim Novak is the angelic side of the film's dysfunctional triangle.

A curiosity: An American Dream (1966) features former Star Trek actor and current Facebook celebrity George Takei.

Eleanor Parker movie schedule

8:00 PM DETECTIVE STORY (1951). A cop accidentally uncovers his wife's unlawful past. Dir.: William Wyler. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell, Gladys George, George Macready, Lee Grant, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald Mohr, Frank Faylen. Black and white. 103 min.

10:00 PM A MILLIONAIRE FOR CHRISTY (1951). A woman is after a man who has inherited a million dollars. Dir.: George Marshall. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Una Merkel, Chris-Pin Martin, Douglas Dumbrille, Nestor Paiva. Black and white. 91 min.

11:45 PM VALENTINO (1951). Rudolph Valentino is torn between love and career. Dir.: Lewis Allen. Cast: Anthony Dexter, Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Patricia Medina, Dona Drake, Lloyd Gough, Otto Kruger, Joseph Calleia. Black and white. 104 min.

1:45 AM THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955). A junkie tries to kick his drug addiction. Dir.: Otto Preminger. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin, Robert Strauss, George E. Stone. Black and white. 119 mins. Letterbox Format.

4:00 AM THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS (1956). A con man tries to win the confidence of a handful of widows. Dir.: Raoul Walsh. Cast: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Jay C. Flippen, Jo Van Fleet, Arthur Shields. Color. 84 mins. Letterbox Format.

5:30 AM A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959). A man's lifestyle could cost him custody of his son. Dir.: Arthur S. Black Jr. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Joi Lansing, Keenan Wynn, Dub Taylor. Color. 120 mins. Letterbox Format.

7:45 AM AN AMERICAN DREAM (1966). A man suspected of murdering his wife has to elude the police and a gang of hoodlums. Dir.: Robert Gist. Cast: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, J.D. Cannon, Murray Hamilton, Warren Stevens, Harold Gould, George Takei, Richard Derr. Color. 103 min.

9:45 AM THE OSCAR (1966). An unscrupulous actor fights his way to the top. Dir.: Russell Rouse. Cast: Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Eleanor Parker, Merle Oberon, Milton Berle, Joseph Cotten, Jill St. John, Edie Adams, Ed Begley, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Peter Lawford, Hedda Hopper, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Frank Sinatra, James Dunn, Edith Head. Color. 119 min.

Eleanor Parker movie schedule via the TCM website.

Eleanor Parker Detective Story photo: Paramount Pictures.

Eleanor Parker in Scaramouche publicity shot: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


         
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16 Comments to Eleanor Parker: Talented & Versatile Actress Remembered

  1. Beverly Anne Sanchez

    I just recently uploaded an entire website dedicated to this great and legendary actress at Eleanorforever.com I think it important to state that she may not have been the greatest motion picture star created by some overzealous P.R. back office; however, she was in my opinion, the classiest, most elegant and greatest actress that ever came out of Hollywood's Golden era. She could play everything and anything. She was also known as “one-take” Parker by some directors because that's all that it took with her-just one take! Even Meryll Streep has said that she learned so much from Eleanor Parker just by viewing “Caged.” She is so missed and they'll not be another one like her.

  2. Beatrice Hart

    She was one of my favorite actresses and I have a heavy heart after just learning of her death via TCM Memorial. May she rest in peace.

  3. Fred Maller

    For me Eleanor Parker will always be the most versatile and talented of actresses of the golden age of films as well as the most beautiful. She had a quality no other actress possessed which is that she could change like a chamelion within the same film, not just from film to film. In “Lizzie” she actually played three different characters and gave a terrific performance. Her transference in “Caged” from naive frightened young girl to hard boiled con is wonderful. And her independent, feisty opera singer from “Interrupted Melody” to the hopeless and very sad former opera star is nothing short of magnificent! They talk about Meryl Streep being versatile…well, I am a big fan of Meryl Streep's but she just pales next to the master!

  4. Denise

    I love Eleanor Parker; she is a beautiful, talented and classy lady. I have read the bio “Woman of a Thousand Faces” and just about everything else I could find about her; and have seen every movie/television event that is available today. What struck me most is the fact that Ms. Parker was a true “craftsperson” when it came to acting. It may have been Eleanor Parker that showed up to the studio everyday, but what we see on the screen is a complete embodiment of the character. In my humble opinion that is what made her such a great actress, but may also be the reason she is not as well known as her talent would dictate she should be- Ms. Parker took a back seat to the characters she portrayed. There are countless actors/actresses that believe that make-up, wigs and costumes make the character; not Ms. Parker. She created the characters she portrayed with true acting ability. It is my deepest wish that Ms. Parker is in good health, enjoying a full life, and knows how many great fans she still has! I would love to see her do an interview with Robert Osborn on TCM!!!! Of course I would also love to see her receive an honorary Oscar for her contributions to great films; that may begin to make up for the one she definately should have won for “Interrupted Melody”. I also believe she could have won for “Caged” and “The Detective Story” and should have been nominated for “The Very Thought of You” and “Pride of the Marines”.

  5. Norman Cooney

    I always thought Eleanor Parker was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen on the Silver Screen and
    tried to see all her movies but the one that I thought was the best in my eyes was Detective Story with Kirk Douglas,William Bendix and Edward Binns for I thought it took all her abilities to play opposite Douglas as he played a sociopath with many issues!! We share the same month for births,June mine was the second in 1931 and she was nine years older than me but I always thought she was younger!! Is she still as lovely I don't know but it seems to me she should have always been as beautiful but just aging like a Greek Goddess.. I don't know what she does nor do I know if she ever married or had children but I hope she is healthy and still maintains her lovliness regardless her age!! You are 91 and I am 82 and In still walk ten miles daily and bike fourteen and lift weights six hundred times daily and swim
    when I can in unpolluted lakes…I golf daily and love it although the greens fees keep going up
    like most everything else..I hope you are healthy and sill active and I wish you long life to at least one hundred twenty five!!!!!!!
    Respectfully,
    Norm Cooney
    Parma,Ohio

  6. Rose Condon

    Having been a constant fan of TCM since it began I mus t write concerning Eleanor Parker that she is certainly beautiful and obviously an excellent actress,however, there was something about her manner that did not have that memorable relation to the audience. It is hard to pin point but there was a lack of really letting go perhaps. True movie buffs like me know her but not the average fan. Everyone I know who is in their 70s & 80s talk about the one of a kind Rita Hayworth, I am in my 60s and she is still the Goddess. My own kids think she is gorgeous also we all watch her movies. For superb acting Bette Davis is Tops. Those two are still the best. Don't you agree?

  7. Don B.

    One of my all time favorites,beautiful,talented and much more.
    the secret love of my life.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  8. Laura Peace Stafford

    I love Eleanor Parker….beautiful actress…i have been watching her movies on TCM.

  9. wade

    Happy Birthday MS Parker have been watching your films for many years now I remember from my youth seeing you in Caged and with Gable in A King and 4 Queens. I watched most of the movies of yours showing on TCM this month especially enjoyed the Detective Story.. Hope you have a great birthday and many more. Thanks for the wonderful entertainment over the years

  10. Dale Graves

    Happy birthday Ms Parker, from a fan of 60 years ago @ the Hollywood Paramount threatre.

  11. Barry

    She deserved an Oscar nomination as the Baroness in the Sound of Music.

  12. james nixon

    I'm trying to take as much advantage as I can of this cavalcade of Miss Parker of whom I've always been a fan. Although I'm disappointed that they aren't showing Three Secrets with Ruth Roman and Patricia Neal, it's the one of her films I've always wanted to see the most but has proven maddeningly elusive. I've caught several right from the beginning starting with Busses Roar on the first night of the festival, low budget but not bad. Voice of the Turtle (I think it showed under One for the Book) was a cute comedy that would have been better without Ronald Reagan but Eleanor and Eve Arden made up for it.

    The new ones I caught this week were Above and Beyond-it wasn't bad nor was it great, Robert Taylor isn't a favorite of mine so that might have influenced me. How to Steal the World felt like what it was, an extended TV episode. Lizzie-She and Joan Blondell did what they could with the material but it did feel like a retread of 3 Faces of Eve even though they came out the same year. The one I enjoyed the most was The Seventh Sin, an awful title, it was an enjoyable remake I thought with a great performance from George Sanders and good work from Eleanor and Francoise Rosay. It wasn't as good as the Naomi Watts version but a decent view.

    I'd seen Interrupted Melody years ago and while she was fine I found it rough going after awhile. Much better were Home From the Hill and Scaramouche, though the Technicolor in that one was almost blinding.

  13. orringtonmom (D)

    i'm loving the TCM tribute… of course, i knew her best from TSOM but have come to appreciate how really great she was. in fact, it has made really how perfectly she played the baroness. underrated, but NOT FORGOTTEN.

  14. rosspacker

    Great actress Loved her in Pride of the Marines She was beautiful
    and the mother of 4 Children

  15. Al Lourrie

    Wow! Sounds promising, she sure is beautiful.
    I haven't really seen one of her movies in a while.

  16. donna

    Eleanor Parker is beautiful! One of my most favorite of actresses. So happy to know she is still alive..making it to almost 91 soon..WOW…Just a beautiful lady and great actress. She never got the acclaim that was due her…for sure!