December 10, 2013
When I see women nominated for Best Actress these days, it’s kind of tough to root for any of them. So many of them play—Themselves. This one uses her signature hair flip, that one her killer smile, another one her ice-cold delivery—no matter what the situation.
But Eleanor Parker was an actress.
Most of us know Eleanor Parker as The Baroness from “The Sound of Music.” But in fact, she was in a number of films, and was nominated for Best Actress three times. I don’t know why she never won. I do know that she never, ever played herself. She became the role; she didn’t make the role adapt to her. And maybe that was why she never became familiar to the public—she was never the same person twice. She really, truly acted.
And that was why I admired her so much.
Goodbye, Ms. Parker. No one will be able to fill your shoes for a long, long time.