Monday, March 9, 2009

Redheads Hall of Fame

By popular, worldwide demand, our second inductee into Austin Carr's Redheads Hall of Fame is Eleanor Parker, born in Cedarville, Ohio, and signed by Warner Brothers at the age of 19. The Famous Author was nine when his Papi took him to see Charlton Heston in a film about killer ants, The Naked Jungle. Those marabunta were eating everything in sight, and TFA reports he suffered a serious crying jag when they threatened Ms. Parker. Her long red hair in that movie is still the stuff of TFA's midnight fantasies, and having seen the old movie on tape more than a dozen times, I have to agree. The woman is gorgeous. The red hair breathtaking.

TFA is not alone in his obsession with Eleanor Parker. Since Ms. Parker first appeared here in August, 2007 -- one of our very first Redheads of the Week -- that first feature about her has been one of the most popular pages on this site. Month after month, Parker fans from all over the world come to see this photo and that first story. The hits come from Italy, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and especially Mexico and South America -- Brazil, Colombia, Ecudor, Argentina, Chile, and even Venezuela. Maybe Emperor Chavez is tuning in.

Just last week, Anonymous left this comment on that 18-month-old post: "Extraordinarily beautiful. An amazingly talented actress. She is the one who everyone remembers yet everyone has forgotten. I have never seen anyone come remotely close to this unique and graceful talent."

By the time she was 24, Ms. Parker had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines and Of Human Bondage. At 27, she received the first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Caged, in which she played a prison inmate. She was also nominated in 1951 for her performance as Kirk Douglas's wife in Detective Story and again in 1955 for her portrayal of opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in the film bio, Interrupted Melody.

Perhaps Ms. Parker's most famous screen role was as "Baroness Elsa Schraeder" in 1965's The Sound Of Music.

Thanks to Wikipedia. And thanks to Ms. Parker for appearing regularly in our dreams.

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