Eleanor Parker – Woman of a Thousand Faces

Day 216 of Colourisation Project – December 9

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

Best remembered for her role as Elsa von Schraeder, the scheming baroness in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music, American actress, Eleanor Jean Parker passed away this day, December 9, 2013, aged 91.

Eleanor Parker

Publicity still – Eleanor Parker – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Today’s subject for colourisation, Eleanor Parker was one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1940s and 1950s. Nominated three times for the Best Actress Academy Award for Caged (1950), Detective Story (1951) and Interrupted Melody (1955), Parker was noted for her versatility in acting roles and was dubbed Woman of a Thousand Faces. 

During a career that spanned more than half a century, she refused to be pigeonholed. “It means I’ve been successful in creating the characters that I’ve portrayed – that I’m not just a personality who is seen in a variety of roles.”

Parker appeared in over 80 movies opposite many of Hollywood’s greatest leading men — such as Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, and Frank Sinatra. Parker also had a long career in television starring in dozens of films and TV shows, including the 1969-70 series Bracken’s World, for which she earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination, Hawaii Five-O, Vega$, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Murder She Wrote.

Parker has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard.

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“When I’m spotted somewhere, it means that my characterizations haven’t covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around.”    –  Eleanor Parker

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