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Eleanor Parker's greatest hits

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Movie actress Eleanor Parker died Monday December 9th, due to complications from pneumonia, in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 91.

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Born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, Parker is best-known for her role as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music," but she enjoyed a lengthy career as an A-list star, receiving three Best Actress Oscar nominations in the 1950s.

Here, in alphabetical order, are Eleanor Parker's Greatest Hits:

"Between Two Worlds" (1944) as Ann Bergner. Parker is gorgeous in this fantasy about a group of dead people on a ship bound for the afterlife. With John Garfield and Sydney Greenstreet.

"Bracken's World" (TV series, 1969-70) as Sylvia Caldwell. Parker appeared in 16 episodes of this series about a fictional film studio.

"Caged" (1950) as Marie Allen. Parker received her first Academy Award nomination in this classic women-in-prison flick.

"Detective Story" (1951) as Mary McLeod. Parker was nominated again the following year for this adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley play, opposite Kirk Douglas.

"A Hole in the Head" (1959) as Eloise Rogers. Parker plays Frank Sinatra's love interest in this Frank Capra comedy. With Eddie Hodges.

"Home for the Holidays" (1972) as Alex Morgan. Parker starred in some of the best installments of ABC's "Movie of the Week" series, including this drama about an ailing patriarch (Walter Brennan) who asks his daughter to kill his new wife (Parker), who he suspects is trying to kill him. With Sally Field and Jessica Walter.

"Interrupted Melody" (1955) as Marjorie Lawrence. Parker's last Oscar nomination came in this biopic of the Australian opera star, her struggles with polio, and eventual return to the stage.

"Lizzy" (1957): Parker played the title role in this tale of a woman with multiple personality disorder.

"The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) as Zosch Machine. Parker plays the long-suffering wife of Frank Sinatra's junkie jazz musician in Otto Preminger's hard-hitting drama. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren.

"Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring" (TV Movie, 1971) as Claire Miller. Another excellent made-for-TV movie, with Parker as the bewildered mother of a hippie daughter (Sally Field). With David Carradine and Jackie Cooper.

"The Naked Jungle" (1954) as Joanna Leiningen. Parker and Charlton Heston battle ants on a South American plantation.

"Of Human Bondage" (1946) as Mildred Rogers. Eleanor had slightly better luck in the role of the cockney waitress than Kim Novak would have 12 years later, but neither held a candle to Bette Davis in the original version.

"Scaramouche" (1949) as Lenore. The red-haired actress was never lovelier than in this tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler opposite Stewart Granger.

"The Sound of Music" (1965) as The Baroness. Parker loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews in the beloved Broadway hit turned blockbuster movie musical.

"The Woman in White" (1948) as Laura Fairlie/Ann Catherick. Parker plays a dual role opposite Gig Young in this romantic mystery set on a country estate.

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