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Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982)

Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death.


John Erman


Caryl Ledner, Rhoda Lerman (story) | 1 more credit »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Jean Stapleton ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kabir Bedi
Coral Browne ... Lady Reading
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Dulles' Secretary
Michael Ensign ... Ship steward
Freddie Jones
Kenneth Kimmins ... Sandifer
Jeffrey Marcus ... Buzz Roosevelt (as Jeff Marcus)
E.G. Marshall ... John Foster Dulles
Arlene Martel ... Madame Jahan
Lin McCarthy ... Vandenberg
Richard McKenzie ... Harry S. Truman
Scott J. Mulvaney Scott J. Mulvaney ... UN Assistant
Gail Strickland ... Anna Roosevelt
Joyce Van Patten ... 'Tommy' Thompson


Biography of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who forged a new role for herself in the years after her husband's death.

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Release Date:

12 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleanora Roosevelt See more »

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| (Encore-True Stories Library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The U.S. flags flying over the White House and at the hotel in London, supposedly in 1945, are the fifty-star version introduced in 1959. See more »


Anna Roosevelt: To Eleanor: My God- Do you have to be useful and saintly every minute?
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Jean Stapleton's tour-de-force, as she becomes Eleanor Roosevelt, "The World's Savior of Human Rights."
7 September 2002 | by Peter22060See all my reviews

This complete study of Eleanor Roosevelt and her appointment to the United States Delegation to the United Nations concentrates on the capabilities of the Eleanor Roosevelt that the entire world remembers. The shyness and spunk of the Woman who brought Marian Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial as a National protest to the Daughters of the American Revolution, is portrayed incredibly by Jean Stapleton. She seems to have the ability to morph herself into the part. I have only my BETA copy made from the original broadcast, but I love her asides to E. G. Marshall, who handles the imperious John Foster Dulles role like no other. The dialogue nuances can be savored, such as when the "Queen" is rolling in the transatlantic Eleanor observes Dulles entering the dining room and says, "Oh, Mr. Dulles, you must have the croissants, they are just oozing with butter" This treasure must be brought back in DVD format, or at least shown on National television. Perhaps for the 55th anniversary of her historic achievement: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the prime subject of this film.

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