Actress Eleanor Parker, 3-time Oscar nominee in 1950s, dies at 91

12/9/2013
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In this Aug. 25, 1945 file photo, Errol Flynn seems to be in a literary mood as, between takes on the set of "Never Say Goodbye," he reads an amusing passage from a new novel to his leading lady, Eleanor Parker, who appears to enjoy the presentation in Los Angeles.

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In this Aug. 25, 1945 file photo, Errol Flynn seems to be in a literary mood as, between takes on the set of
In this Aug. 25, 1945 file photo, Errol Flynn seems to be in a literary mood as, between takes on the set of "Never Say Goodbye," he reads an amusing passage from a new novel to his leading lady, Eleanor Parker, who appears to enjoy the presentation in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Actress Eleanor Parker, a three-time Oscar nominee who played the scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at age 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia.

Gale told The Associated Press the actress “passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs.”

The red-haired actress had best-actress Oscar nominations in 1951 and 1952 for her roles as a prison inmate in “Caged” and as Kirk Douglas’ frustrated wife in “Detective Story.”

Her third nomination was for the challenging role of polio-stricken opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in “Interrupted Melody.”

The 1965 “Sound of Music,” in which her character loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews, was her last major film role.