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‘Sound of Music's’ Baroness actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

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Eleanor Parker was perhaps best known for her role as the scheming Baroness in 1965’s “The Sound of Music.” She died Monday morning at the age of 91 as a result of complications from pneumonia according to a Dec 9 report on MSN Movies.

Richard Gale, a family friend, said the three-time Oscar nominee passed away quietly at a medical a facility located near her Palm Springs home. She was surrounded by her children when she passed.

Parker was nominated for her first Academy Award as Best Actress for her role in 1951’s “Caged” where she played a prison inmate. Her next nomination came in 1952 for her portrayal of Kirk Douglas’ frustrated wife in “Detective Story.

Her third nomination came in 1955 for her challenging portrayal of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence who was wheelchair bound due to polio.

Parker racked up more than 80 film credits over her career. “The Sound of Music” was her last major film role. She played Elsa Schrader, also known as ‘The Baroness.’ She was engaged to the film’s lead character, The Captain played by Christopher Plummer until she lost him to Maria, played by Julie Andrews. The film won the Academy Awards’ Best Picture award that year.

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