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  • 11 December 2013, 23:16

Sound Of Music Star Eleanor Parker Dies

Eleanor Parker, who played the scheming baroness in love with Baron von Trapp in The Sound Of Music, has died aged 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said the actress died on Monday as a result of complications from pneumonia.

"She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," he said.

Parker was nominated for three Academy Awards during the 1950s for her portrayal of strong-willed women, but her career began to wane in the early 1960s.

Her last memorable role came in The Sound Of Music, in which her character Baroness Elsa Schrader lost Christopher Plummer's Baron to Maria, played by Dame Julie Andrews.

Plummer said in a statement: "Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known, both as a person and as a beauty.

"I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."

Parker's death comes at a time when The Sound Of Music is back in the spotlight following NBC's live restaging of the classic last week.

The actress worked only infrequently after the 1965 movie, appearing in films and on TV shows including Fantasy Island, Murder, She Wrote and The Love Boat.

She also starred in the short-lived 1960s TV series Bracken's World.

"I'm primarily a character actress," she said in a 1988 interview, explaining why she never achieved the stardom of so many of her co-stars.

"I've portrayed so many diverse individuals on the screen that my own personality never emerged."

Parker was married four times and had four children.

Her first three marriages ended in divorce, while her fourth in 1966 to Raymond Hirsch ended with his death in 2001.

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