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Eleanor and Franklin is a 1976 American television miniseries starring Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt which was broadcast on ABC on January 11 and 12, 1976. It is the first part in a two-part "biopic" miniseries (with a later sequel telecast the following year) based on Joseph P. Lash's biography and history from 1971 with the same title (and longer additional sub-title) based on their correspondence and recently opened archives. Joseph Lash was Eleanor's personal secretary and confidant (occasional alleged rumors also of an intimate relationship). He wrote several books on the Roosevelts including some on both Eleanor and Franklin individually and was also a controversial activist in his own right in leftist, liberal politics, social and labor issues of the era. Directed by Daniel Petrie, the film follows the lives of President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor told in flashback from her perspective after her husband's death, from the time they were children as cousins who met briefly, their courtship and marriage, bearing and raising a large family, her social efforts as he rises to Assistant Secretary of the Navy in World War I, the hidden affair with Lucy Mercer, (1891-1948), (portrayed for the first time by actress Linda Kelsey), her help and encouragement with his 1921 paralytic illness, and her campaigning with Louis Howe, (1871-1936), their mentor, crony and campaign manager during his runs for political offices in the New York state legislature, the unsuccessful effort for Vice President in 1920, later winning as Governor of New York and his rivalry with fellow politician Al Smith, (1873-1944), until his election to the Presidency in 1932 in the darkest times faced by the nation since the Civil War with the deepening "Great Depression". A second film miniseries, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), was made the following year which detailed Roosevelt's terms as President in the "Great Depression" and World War II eras, told as a series of flash-back episodes as Eleanor sits with her husband's body in the back bedroom during a legendary private moment in the cottage, the "Little White House" in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. The film won numerous awards, including 11 Primetime Emmy Awards (Outstanding Television Made and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie for Rosemary Murphy), the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Movie, and the Peabody Award. The director Daniel Petrie, (1920-2004), won for Director of the Year – Special, as he would again the next year with "The White House Years". The film is noted for being almost entirely historically accurate.


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Edward Herrmann — Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Jane Alexander — Eleanor Roosevelt Rosemary Murphy — Sara Delano Roosevelt, FDR's mother Pamela Franklin — Anna Hall Roosevelt, Eleanor's mother David Huffman — Elliott Roosevelt I, Eleanor's father Irene Tedrow — Mary Ludlow Hall, Eleanor's grandmother who raised her John Burnett — Hall Roosevelt, Eleanor's brother and nephew to Theodore Roosevelt Linda Kelsey — Lucy Mercer, FDR's mistress William Phipps — Theodore Roosevelt, Uncle to Eleanor, 5th cousin once removed of FDR and 26th President of the United States Linda Purl — Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Teddy, Eleanor's 1st cousin Devon Ericson — Corinne Robinson, Teddy's niece and 1st cousin to Eleanor and Alice Teresa Steenhoek — Anna Roosevelt Halsted, FDR's daughter Lilia Skala — Marie Souvestre, Teacher, mentor, close friend of Eleanor's from Allenswood Ed Flanders — Louis Howe, intimate friend and political advisor to FDR and Eleanor Arthur Adams — Arthur Prettyman, FDR's personal valet Helen Kleeb — Margaret Daisy Suckley, neighbor, friend, 6th cousin of FDR Peggy McCay — Grace Tully, private secretary of FDR Anna Lee — Laura Delano, FDR's cousin at the Little White House when he passed Harry Holcombe — Steve Early, political advisor to FDR and future White House Press Secretary Ned Wilson — Endicott Peabody, FDR's headmaster at Groton's School for Boys and officiated his wedding Len Wayland — Admiral Ross McIntire, FDR's personal doctor Lindsay Crouse — Marjorie Bennett, Eleanor's roommate at Allenswood Edward Winter — Joe McCall, reporter on funeral train with Eleanor Mackenzie Phillips — Eleanor, age 14

DVD[edit] Eleanor and Franklin was released on DVD by HBO Video on May 21, 2013 as a two-disc set with Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years featured on the second disc. See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

Eleanor and Franklin on IMDb

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Films directed by Daniel Petrie

The Bramble Bush (1960) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) The Main Attraction (1962) Stolen Hours (1963) The Idol (1966) The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966) Moon of the Wolf (1973) The Neptune Factor (1973) The Gun and the Pulpit (1974) Buster and Billie (1974) Eleanor and Franklin (1976) Lifeguard (1976) Sybil (1976) Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) The Betsy (1978) Resurrection (1980) Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) Six Pack (1982) The Dollmaker (1984) The Bay Boy (1984) Square Dance (1987) Rocket Gibraltar (1988) Cocoon: The Return (1988) My Name Is Bill W. (1989) Lassie (1994) Kissinger and Nixon (1995) The Assistant (1998) Inherit the Wind (1999) Wild Iris (2001)

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie


The Miracle Worker (1980) Playing for Time (1981) A Woman Called Golda (1982) Special Bulletin (1983) Something About Amelia (1984) Do You Remember Love (1985) Love Is Never Silent (1986) Promise (1987) Inherit the Wind (1988) Day One / Roe vs. Wade (1989) Caroline? / The Incident (1990) Miss Rose White (1992) Barbarians at the Gate & Stalin (1993) And the Band Played On (1994) Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Truman (1996) Miss Evers' Boys (1997) Don King: Only in America (1998) A Lesson Before Dying (1999) Tuesdays with Morrie (2000) Wit (2001) The Gathering Storm (2002) Door to Door (2003) Something the Lord Made (2004) Warm Springs (2005) The Girl in the Café (2006) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) Recount (2008) Grey Gardens (2009) Temple Grandin (2010) The Normal Heart (2014) Bessie (2015) Sherlock: "The Abominable Bride" (2016) Black Mirror: "San Junipero" (2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film

The Snow Goose: A Story of Dunkirk (1971) That Certain Summer (1972) The Shadow Box (1980) Bill (1981) Brideshead Revisited (1982) The Thorn Birds (1983) Something About Amelia (1984) The Jewel in the Crown (1985) Promise (1986) Escape from Sobibor (1987) War and Remembrance (1988) Lonesome Dove (1989) Decoration Day (1990) One Against the Wind (1991) Sinatra (1992) Barbarians at the Gate (1993) The Burning Season (1994) Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996) George Wallace (1997) From the Earth to the Moon (1998) RKO 281 (1999) Dirty Pictures (2000) Band of Brothers (2001) The Gathering Storm (2002) Angels in America (2003) The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) Empire Falls (2005) Elizabeth I (2006) Longford (2007) John Adams (2008) Grey Gardens (2009) Carlos (2010) Downton Abbey, series 1 (2011) Game Change (2012) Behind the Candelabra (2013) Fargo, season 1 (2014) Wolf Hall (2015) The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016) Big Little Lies (2017)

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

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