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

The actress died from complications from pneumonia near her home in Palm Springs on Monday.

By Gabrielle Levy
Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' actress dies at 91
Eleanor Parker in a publicity photo for MGM in the 1940s.

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Eleanor Parker, a three-time Oscar nominee who is best known for her role as the Baroness in The Sound of Music died Monday at the age of 91.

Parker passed away in Palm Springs, Calif., at a medical facility near her home from complications of pneumonia, said director Richard Gale, a family friend.

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She began her career on stage and she signed her studio contract with Warner Bros. on her 18th birthday. After achieving stardom, including a role opposite future President Ronald Reagan in Voice of the Turtle in 1947, Parker went on to achieve critical acclaim and notice from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in the 1950s.

Caged brought Parker her first Oscar nomination in 1950, and she earned another opposite Kirk Douglas in Detective Story. In 1955, she was nominated a third time playing polio-striken opera star Marjorie Lawrence in Interrupted Melody.

But it was her role in the 1965 The Sound of Music, playing the Baroness who wants to send the von Trapp children off to boarding school -- and was jilted by the Captain in favor of Maria -- she is best remembered for.

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Parker is survived by her four children.

[CNN]

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