Eleanor Parker started her career with Warner Brothers and made her debut in the movie ‘Soldiers in White’ (1941). She played a number of supporting roles till she got her big break opposite John Garfield in the movie ‘Pride of the Marines’ (1945).
Her success did not last long as her movies ‘Never Say Goodbye’ (1946) and ‘Escape Me Never’ (1947) turned out to be big disappointments. She was suspended by Warner Brothers on more than one occasion for declining roles.
She made a comeback as Marie Allen in the film ‘Caged’ (1950) for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. She was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the movie and received repeated Oscar nominations for her performances in ‘Detective Story’ (1951) and ‘Interrupted Melody’ (1955).
Parker will always be remembered for her role as the Baroness Elsa von Schraeder in ‘The Sound of Music’ (1965). Her high rated performance on television came in the role of Margitta in the series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ (1968).