Less than a week after NBC introduced “The Sound of Music” to a new generation of viewers, one of the original stars from the 1965 film has died.
Eleanor Parker, who brought the part of Baroness Schrader, Captain von Trapp’s love interest, to life, died Monday morning at the age of 91. A family friend says she died of complications from pneumonia.
Christopher Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp alongside Parker's Schrader, released a statement after her passing calling her “one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known.” Plummer also added, “I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."
Long before her turn in the classic film, Parker was beloved in Hollywood and was nominated for three academy awards in the span of five years (1950, 1951, and 1955).
But after the musical’s release, she worked more infrequently, occasionally appearing in guest-starring roles on shows such as “Hawaii Five-O,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”
The actress was married four times, divorced three, and widowed when her last husband passed in 2001. She died at her home in Palm Springs, CA.