|Eleanor and Franklin 1976 TV, 210 min.|
Director: Daniel Petrie
Cast: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Rosemary Murphy, Pamela Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Lilia Skala, Ed Flanders, Linda Purl, Lindsay Crouse, David Huffman, Helen Kleeb, Peggy McCay, Anna Lee, Irene Tedrow, Linda Kelsey
The story of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann) from Franklin's youth to his election to the presidency is based on Joseph P. Lash's Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Told in flashback while Eleanor prepares for Franklin's funeral, scenes include their lives growing up as cousins and then their marriage. Problems in the marriage are reflected on–including Franklin's domineering mother Sara (Rosemary Murphy) and his affair with Lucy Mercer (Linda Kelsey)–and good times are remembered as well. This made-for-TV spectacular won 11 Emmys, including Outstanding Special and Best Director, as well as one for Rosemary Murphy. A sequel that covers the presidential years follows.
|1. Eleanor and Franklin (1976)|
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