Because the dynamic of power and desire is so difficult to parse, teacher-student affairs have captured the minds of writers, among them David Mamet (Oleanna), Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections), Philip Roth (The Dying Animal), Christopher Isherwood (A Single Man), J. M. Coetzee (Disgrace), Zoë Heller (Notes on a Scandal), and Susan Choi (My Education). The prospect of Robert Stone, winner of a National Book Award and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, adding his name to this list is appealing. What fearless take will the author of such muscularly bleak novels as Dog Soldiers and Damascus Gate, now a sage at 76, offer on our modern response to the intellectual/erotic dichotomy of the teacher and the prize student? —
Why Do Novelists Love Affairs Between Professors and Students? (via thenewrepublic)
I’ve never understood the continued fascination with this — I tend to veer away from books featuring this plot device, although I did attempt Susan Choi’s My Education since it seemed like a new take on it.
Obit of the Day; “The Baroness”
Eleanor Parker’s film career began in 1941 when she was not yet 20. Over the next fifty years she would appear in myriad films and television shows and would earn three Oscar nods and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work. In 1980, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But for millions of fans she will be forever known as “Baroness Elsa Schraeder” the fiancé of Captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) who is eventually replaced by the young nursemaid, Maria (Julie Andrews) in the 1962 musical The Sound of Music.
A decade earlier, Ms. Parker was one of the premiere actresses in Hollywood. She earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in Caged (1950, the Oscar was awarded to Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday), Detective Story (1951, Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire), and Interrupted Melody (1955, Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo).
Discovered while sitting in the audience of the Pasadena Playhouse at the age of 18, Ms. Parker’s first film appearance was delayed after her scenes in They Died With Their Boots On (1941) ended up on the cutting room floor. But she would appear in dozens of films and shows, until her retirement in 1991. Along the way she earned an Emmy nomination for best actress in a single performance for an episode of the 1963 show The Eleventh Hour and a Golden Globe nod for her performance as Sylvia Caldwell in the short-lived show Bracken’s World (1969-1970).
Eleanor Parker died on December 9, 2013 at the age of 91.
Sources: Variety and IMDB.com
(Image of Ms. Parker in a wardrobe photo for Sound of Music, circa 1961 is copyright 20th Century Fox and courtesy of webring.org)
Eve Arden and Eleanor Parker in One for the Book, aka The Voice of the Turtle.
Man, I wish this one was on DVD. I only have a VHS tape I recorded off TCM.
(via Eleanor Parker, 91, Oscar-Nominated Actress, Dies - NYTimes.com)
Eleanor Parker, who was nominated three times for a best-actress Oscar but whose best-known role was a supporting one, as the marriage-minded baroness in “The Sound of Music,” died on Monday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 91…
Y’all get ready for a lot of Eleanor Parker posts here today… one of my favorite actresses.
(Source: fuckyeahjanellemonae, via ashleyeleigh)