Another bright star of old Hollywood is gone. Eleanor Parker, who received three Academy Award nominations, including for her inspired portrayal of soprano Marjorie Lawrence in the 1955 film "Interrupted Melody," died Monday in Palm Springs. She was 91.
She did memorable work over a long career, spanning such diverse fare as the edgy (now a bit campy) "Caged" and "The Sound of Music" (playing the baroness).
I have a particular affection for her work in "Interrupted Melody," where Ms. Parker displayed not just an impressive level of acting, but also an ability to handle the vocal scenes convincingly.
Although her singing voice was famously dubbed by the stellar, uncredited Eileen Farrell, Ms. Parker was able to make the syncing look seamless and natural (she reportedly sang the music herself during filming to make sure it looked real).
Above all, the actress made you feel the full impact of the tragic-triumphant story of Marjorie Lawrence, whose brilliant opera career was cruelly interrupted by polio.
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