Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

Dec. 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Actress Eleanor Parker has died of complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs, Calif., the Hollywood Reporter said.

The triple Oscar nominee was 91 when she died Monday.

Perhaps best known for playing the baroness Elsa Schraeder in the 1965 movie musical "The Sound of Music," the Ohio native also starred in the films "The King and Four Queens," "Of Human Bondage," "Caged," "Detective Story," "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "Interrupted Melody"

"I don't always recognize myself when I see my own [still] pictures," Parker is quoted as saying in author Doug McClelland's biography "Eleanor Parker: Woman of a Thousand Faces."

"Even to me, they look like Ingrid Bergman, Pat Neal, Myrna Loy, Joan Fontaine and Eleanor Powell at various times. I never look like me. Frankly, I think all this is wonderful. What woman doesn't like a little mystery about herself?"

Broadway actress Laura Benanti played the role of the baroness in last week's television broadcast of "The Sound of Music Live!," NBC's live staging of the musical.

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