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Eleanor and Franklin 

The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from early youth to his election as President of the United States, as told from Eleanor's point of view.

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Series cast summary:
David Huffman ...  Elliott Roosevelt, Sr. 2 episodes, 1976
Mackenzie Phillips ...  Eleanor Roosevelt, Age 14 2 episodes, 1976
Lilia Skala ...  Mlle. Souvestre, school headmistress 2 episodes, 1976
Ed Flanders ...  Louis Howe 2 episodes, 1976
Helen Kleeb ...  Daisy 2 episodes, 1976
Peggy McCay ...  Grace Tully 2 episodes, 1976
Anna Lee ...  Laura Delano 2 episodes, 1976
Irene Tedrow ...  Mary Hall 2 episodes, 1976
Devon Ericson ...  Corinne Robinson 2 episodes, 1976
Linda Purl ...  Alice Roosevelt (age 14-20) 2 episodes, 1976
William Phipps ...  Theodore Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1976
Ted Eccles ...  Franklin Roosevelt, age 16 2 episodes, 1976
Linda Kelsey ...  Lucy Mercer 2 episodes, 1976
Edward Winter ...  Joe McCall, reporter on funeral train 2 episodes, 1976
Sari Price Sari Price ...  Mistress of Ceremonies 2 episodes, 1976
Timothy Jecko Timothy Jecko ...  Presidential Aide 2 episodes, 1976
Harry Holcombe ...  Steve Early 2 episodes, 1976
Len Wayland ...  Admiral McIntire 2 episodes, 1976
Brett Salomon Brett Salomon ...  Franklin Roosevelt, age 5 2 episodes, 1976
Hilary Stolla ...  Eleanor Roosevelt, age 2 2 episodes, 1976
Tiffani Boli Tiffani Boli ...  Eleanor Roosevelt, age 6 2 episodes, 1976
Elie Liardet Elie Liardet ...  Groom 2 episodes, 1976
Irene Robinson Irene Robinson ...  Nun 2 episodes, 1976
Shannon Terhune Shannon Terhune ...  Eleanor Roosevelt, age 10 2 episodes, 1976
Lindsay Crouse ...  Marjorie Bennett 2 episodes, 1976
Evan Morgan Evan Morgan ...  Bunny Pierpoint 2 episodes, 1976
Lidia Kristen Lidia Kristen ...  Fraulein Schreiber 2 episodes, 1976
Cynthia Latham Cynthia Latham ...  Elizabeth McEachearn 2 episodes, 1976
John Earl Burnett ...  Hall Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1976
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1976
Derrick Lynn-Thomas Derrick Lynn-Thomas ...  Conductor 2 episodes, 1976
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ...  Reverend Endicott Peabody 2 episodes, 1976
Carl Lester Carl Lester ...  Chief Petty Officer 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Tanner Steve Tanner ...  Western Union Boy 2 episodes, 1976
Nora Heflin Nora Heflin ...  Cora 2 episodes, 1976
Cherry Davis Cherry Davis ...  Gladys 2 episodes, 1976
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ...  Porter 2 episodes, 1976
Teresa Steenhoek Teresa Steenhoek ...  Anna Roosevelt, age 7 2 episodes, 1976
Vaughn Taylor ...  Farmer 2 episodes, 1976
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ...  Arthur Prettyman 2 episodes, 1976
Jack Stauffer Jack Stauffer ...  Paul Leonard 2 episodes, 1976
Jane Alexander ...  Eleanor Roosevelt, age 18-60 2 episodes, 1976
Tina Cole ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1976
Mimi Cozzens ...  Maid 2 episodes, 1976
Mindy Dow Mindy Dow ...  Roosevelt Daughter 2 episodes, 1976
Pamela Franklin ...  Anna Hall 2 episodes, 1976
Cathy Green Cathy Green ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1976
Edward Herrmann ...  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, age 20-50 2 episodes, 1976
Chris Lafontan Chris Lafontan ...  James Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1976
Rosemary Murphy ...  Sara Delano Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1976
Zack Tiegen ...  Franklin Roosevelt age 5 2 episodes, 1976


Told from the perspective of Eleanor Roosevelt after her husband's death, this film chronicles the life and times of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife from childhood until his election to the White House. The first of a two-part biopic, the film is based on the dual biography by Joseph P. Lash, Eleanor's personal secretary and confidant, and provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation's most famous couples. Written by Jwelch5742

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The White House Years See more »







Release Date:

10 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleanor & Franklin See more »

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Talent Associates See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1921, Franklin rides a train to New York for medical treatment. The train passes a house with a modern television antenna on the roof. See more »


Franklin Delano Roosevelt, age 20-50: [he is going swimming in the lake with his wife and children] Come on! Last one in is a rotten Kaiser!
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Followed by Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) See more »

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Artistically excellent, technically flawed.
29 December 2010 | by dudleydemonSee all my reviews

It is difficult to write a balanced comment of this miniseries because it contains some of the best and the worst of film-making. Perhaps my review should be called "the good, the bad and the ugly". And bear in mind that I am not American and know little of FDR's early days.

First the good. The acting is truly excellent. Edward Herrmann is totally convincing as a younger FDR and Jane Alexander does a remarkable job of speaking through those prosthetic teeth. The locations, the sets and the costumes are all convincing and give an interesting glimpse of a time and place that is rarely covered in movies. The leisurely pace, a luxury allowed only to miniseries, allows the viewer time to get a feel for the characters and locations.

And then there is the bad. One thing I noticed that I almost never notice in a film was the camera-work. Some of the shots and angles became quite repetitious, to the point where I was consciously waiting for the "zoom-out-through-leaves" shot. This was distracting.

Another thing on the bad list was, overall, the script. The title is misleading in the sense that this is a movie about Eleanor, not necessarily Franklin. It covers her early life in detail but skips his entirely. Somewhere between the wedding and breakfast he enters politics, gets elected and becomes Assistant Secretary of the Navy and yet this is mentioned only in passing. We really learn nothing of his political views or motives, nor do we learn much about the man who overcame a crippling disability to become the most successful of all US presidents.

And now the ugly. In a word, make-up. The age make-up was so appallingly bad that I was staring in fascinated horror at the slabs of stuff on their faces, waiting for huge chunks to fall off. Indeed, when Eleanor was asleep on the train she had four eyelids. I tried to ignore it but it was too distracting.

Overall, "Eleanor and Franklin" is very interesting and certainly worth watching, particularly for an insight into the life of the First Lady. But if you were hoping to learn more about Franklin, by all means watch this miniseries but be warned that it is merely a glimpse.

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