Eleanor Parker, a Hollywood leading lady of the 1940s and 1950s and three-time Oscar nominee who starred alongside big names including Frank Sinatra and Kirk Douglas and later appeared as the baroness in the blockbuster "The Sound of Music," has died. Parker, whose ability to tackle many kinds of roles including heavy drama and light comedy earned her the nickname the "woman of a thousand faces," died of complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs, California, on Monday, said family friend Richard Gale. Those nominations came for playing a horrified prison inmate in "Caged" (1950), the neglected wife of a cop portrayed by Douglas in director William Wyler's "Detective Story" (1951), and as polio-stricken opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in "Interrupted Melody" (1955) with Glenn Ford. One of her best roles came in another 1955 film, portraying drug addict Sinatra's spiteful crippled wife in director Otto Preminger's "The Man With the Golden Arm." Parker also co-starred with Sinatra in director Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head" (1959).
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) â More than 18 million television viewers watched Carrie Underwood perform the role of Maria last week in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!" But Julie Andrews wasn't among them. Andrews, who starred in the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, explained, "Alas, I did not (see it). I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't. But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it." She attended the U.S. premiere Monday night of "Saving Mr. Banks," which depicts the battle between P.L. Travers, author of the "Mary Poppins" novels, and Walt