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The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)

An admiring, uncritical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, released three years after her death. The film focuses solely on her, beginning with her unhappy childhood after both her parents had... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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An admiring, uncritical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, released three years after her death. The film focuses solely on her, beginning with her unhappy childhood after both her parents had died by the time she was 10. In 1905, she married her fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was elected President in 1932. She always was concerned for the oppressed, and was a great supporter of civil rights, even if it was unfashionable. As First Lady, she traveled ceaselessly visiting the troops in the Second World War. After the war she became a US representative to the United Nations, and chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she was a key contributor to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Written by Will Gilbert

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8 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Erroneously listed as an AIP (American International Pictures) release in the AMPAS's award list. See more »

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there's a lot more to tell about Eleanor Roosevelt
8 December 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Richard Kaplan's Oscar-winning documentary about Eleanor Roosevelt does a good job focusing on the major events in her life. However, there was a lot more on which they could have focused. You see, Eleanor was a political activist from early on. So much so, that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI started keeping a file on her. She wrote articles for The Nation indicting the injustices that thrived in the United States. Indeed, Eleanor was more ambitious about establishing the social programs than Franklin was. When John Kennedy published "Profiles in Courage", she said that he should've had more courage and less profile, referring to his friendship with red-baiting Sen. Joe McCarthy.

On its own, "The Eleanor Roosevelt Story" is a good documentary. I haven't seen any of the other documentaries that got nominated for Best Documentary Feature that year, so I can't compare it. Worth seeing.


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