Eleanor Parker is an American film and television actress. She was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, and was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941, at the age of 19. She debuted that year in the film They Died With Their Boots On.
By 1946 she had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines and Of Human Bondage. In 1950 she received the first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Caged, in which she played a prison inmate.
She broke the champagne bottle on the nose of the inaugural train-set for the California Zephyr in San Francisco, California on March 19, 1949.
Her most famous screen role was as "Baroness Elsa Schraeder" in The Sound Of Music (1965).
Parker was famous in Hollywood during the Golden Era, but she is less remembered now despite numerous movies and Oscar nominations. In 1969-70 she starred in the television series Bracken's World and several made-for-television movies. She has also starred in a number of theatrical productions, including the musical Applause.
She is the mother of actor Paul Clemens, as well as 3 other children by another marriage. She is a convert to Judaism.