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TCM Remembers 'Sound of Music' Actress Eleanor Parker with Marathon Programming December 17 (OBIT ROUNDUP)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2013 at 12:26PM

Most people probably know versatile character actress Eleanor Parker, who died on December 9 at age 91, from classic big-screen musical "The Sound of Music." She played the platinum blonde Baroness, who isn't slow to pick up on Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp's true feelings for governess Maria (Julie Andrews). TCM is rolling out an entire Parker retrospective to celebrate her career on December 17, so viewers can become better acquainted, or reacquainted, with her body of work. Check out the lineup, below, plus an obit roundup.
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Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker

Most people probably know versatile character actress Eleanor Parker, who died on December 9 at age 91, from classic big-screen musical "The Sound of Music." She played the platinum blonde Baroness, who isn't slow to pick up on Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp's true feelings for governess Maria (Julie Andrews). TCM is rolling out an entire Parker retrospective to celebrate her career on December 17, so viewers can become better acquainted, or reacquainted, with her body of work. Check out the lineup, below, plus an obit roundup.

The following is a complete schedule of TCM's tribute to Eleanor Parker:

Tuesday, Dec. 17

6 a.m. – The Very Thought of You (1944)

7:45 a.m. – Of Human Bondage (1946)

9:45 a.m – The Woman in White (1948)

11:45 p.m. – Caged (1950)

1:30 p.m. – Scaramouche (1952)

3:30 p.m. – Interrupted Melody (1955)

5:15 p.m. – Home from the Hill (1960)

Here's TCM's obit:

A remarkably versatile 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, in 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 and adapted from John van Druten's Broadway hit.

Parker reached the zenith of her popularity and acclaim in the early '50s, earning 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 went on to re-team with Raoul Walsh for The King and Four Queens (1956) and Sinatra for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959). Her 1950s work also included Hugo Haas's Lizzie (1957), in which she played 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 Parker's last leading role, but she continued to appear in secondary roles through the '70s, most notably as the Baroness in Robert Wise's The Sound of Music (1965). She continued making television appearances through 1991.

An obit roundup, after the jump...

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.