Eleanor Jean Parker (born June 26, 1922) is an American film and television actress.
Parker was born in Cedarville, Ohio, and was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941, at the age of 19. She would have debuted that year in the film They Died with Their Boots On, but her scenes were cut.
By 1946, she had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines and Of Human Bondage. In 1950 she received the first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Caged, in which she played a prison inmate. She was also nominated in 1951 for her performance as Kirk Douglas's wife in Detective Story and again in 1955 for her portrayal of opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in the film bio, Interrupted Melody. Parker was overlooked for her superb role opposite Charlton Heston as a circa 1900 mail-order bride in George Pal's jungle fantasy film about attacking killer ants, The Naked Jungle. That same year, Parker appeared in the film adaptation of the National Book Award...
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role. The film is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and with the musical book written by the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Ernest Lehman wrote the screenplay.
The musical originated with the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. It contains many popular songs, including "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "The Lonely Goatherd", as well as the title song.
The movie version was filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria and Bavaria in West Germany, and also at the 20th Century Fox Studios in California. It was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by Ted D. McCord. It won an Academy Award for Best Picture and is one of the most popular musicals ever produced. The cast album was...,
A Hole in the Head (1959) is a bittersweet comedy movie featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, and Joi Lansing. The film introduced the song High Hopes, a Sinatra standard used as a John F. Kennedy campaign song during the presidential election the following year. Wynn plays a character based on Walt Disney who agrees to go into a partnership with Sinatra's character to build an amusement park in Florida (the film predates Disneyland)--until he notices that Sinatra seems too desperate as he cheers for a dog upon which he'd bet heavily. The movie ends with Tony, Eloise and Alley going on the beach singing "High Hopes".A Hole in the Head was the basis for a short-lived Broadway musical, Golden Rainbow, starring Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme in the roles originated by Sinatra and Parker. The stage musical's score contained one song which has since become a standard, "I've Gotta Be Me".Written by Arnold Schulman from his...
The King and Four Queens (1956), a western movie, involves a middle-aged cowboy adventurer (Clark Gable) who learns that a stolen fortune remains buried on a ranch that serves as home to four gorgeous young widows and their battle-axe mother-in-law: the drifter turns on the charm. Directed by Raoul Walsh, the film also features Eleanor Parker. This was the only film that Gable both starred in and produced, for the short-lived Russ-Field-Gabco Productions. In 1956, Theodore Sturgeon "novelized" the original screen story by Margaret Fitts for Dell Books, who published it in December 1956 as a 25-cent paperback. ...,
The Man with the Golden Arm is a 1955 film, based on the novel by Nelson Algren, which tells the story of a heroin addict who got clean while in prison but struggles to stay straight in the outside world. It stars Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang and Darren McGavin.
The movie was adapted by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer and Ben Hecht (uncredited) from the novel by Nelson Algren. It was directed by Otto Preminger. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Frank Sinatra), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Sinatra was also nominated for best actor awards by the BAFTAs and The New York Film Critics.
The Motion Picture Association of America refused to certify the film because it shows drug addiction. The next year the production code was changed to allow movies to deal with drugs, kidnapping, abortion and prostitution.
The movie opens with one of the most famous ...
Interrupted Melody is a 1955 biographical film which tells the story of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence's struggle with polio. The film was made by MGM, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Jack Cummings from a screenplay by Marjorie Lawrence, Sonya Levien and William Ludwig. It stars Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore and Cecil Kellaway. The singing voice of Lawrence was provided by Eileen Farrell.
It won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Eleanor Parker) and Best Costume Design, Color for Helen Rose.
The Naked Jungle was a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was based on the short story Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson.
As the film opens, Joanna (Eleanor Parker), a New Orleans woman arrives at the South Americancocoa plantation to meet her new husband, plantation owner Christopher Leiningen (Charlton Heston)who she has married by proxy.
Leiningen is cold and remote to her, rebuffing all her attempts to make friends with him. She's beautiful, independent, and arrives ready to be his stalwart helpmate; however, no one has told him she's a widow. He rejects her. During the next week, as she awaits the boat to take her back to the United States, they learn that legions of army ants - the Marabunta - will strike in a few days' time. Leiningen refuses to give up the home he fought so hard to create. Instead of evacuating, he resolves to make a...,
Scaramouche is a 1952 MGM romantic adventure film based on the 1921 novel Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. It was directed by George Sidney and produced by Carey Wilson from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel. The music score was by Victor Young and the cinematography by Charles Rosher.
The film stars Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer with Henry Wilcoxon, Nina Foch, Richard Anderson, Robert Coote, Lewis Stone and John Dehner.
The film is set in France just prior to the French Revolution.
The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (Nina Foch), has given Noel, the Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer) and her cousin, the task of finding Marcus Brutus (Richard Anderson), a pamphleteer. Meanwhile, André Moreau (Stewart Granger) has kidnapped his beloved Lenore (Eleanor Parker) to keep her from running off to marry another man. Through some twists and turns, the two stories merge.
In telling the story, the film gives a picture of the backstage and on-stage...
Above and Beyond is a 1952 film about Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, Enola Gay. It starred Robert Taylor as Tibbets, and Eleanor Parker as his wife. James Whitmore played a security officer.
The film was suggested by screenwriter Beirne Lay, Jr., a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, to Curtis LeMay, commander of the Strategic Air Command, who had discussed with Lay the problem of the high rate of divorce among flight crews. A film depicting the problems might help raise morale.
Lay suggested a film based on the experiences of Colonel Paul Tibbets, commander of the 509th Composite Group during World War II. LeMay approved, and after writing an outline Lay handed over scriptwriting duties to Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Though Tibbets gave his full approval and support to the film he felt too closely involved to be objective, and suggested Charley Begg, commander of the nuclear ordnance squadron, and Charles Sweeney, pilot of "The Great Artiste...
Detective Story is a 1951 film which tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detectives squad. It stars Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell and Lee Grant.The movie was adapted by Robert Wyler and Philip Yordan from the play by Sidney Kingsley. It was directed by William Wyler.An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city's lowlife. Little does he realize that his obsessive pursuit of an abortionist (Macready) is leading him to personal disaster.Characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the play include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter....,
Caged is a 1950 film which tells the story of a young woman who is sent to prison for being an accessory to a robbery. Her time in jail changes her from an innocent into a hardened convict.
The movie was adapted by Virginia Kellogg from the story Women Without Men by Kellogg and Bernard C. Schoenfeld. It was directed by John Cromwell.
A 19-year-old woman (Parker) is sent to prison after a botched armed robbery attempt with her husband goes bad. While receiving her prison physical, she finds out that she is two months pregnant with her dead husband's baby. Later, she goes into early labor while behind bars after a convict friend commits suicide. After being in trouble a few times, including being locked up in solitary confinement and having her head shaved by a sadistic prison guard, the woman starts becoming more like the career criminals she's locked in with.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Eleanor Parker), Best Actress in a Supporting...,
The Voice of the Turtle is a 1947 film directed by Irving Rapper, based on the long-running 1943 play of the same name by John Van Druten.Due to its use in television broadcast, the film has become better known by its reissue name One for the Book....
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