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Eleanor and Franklin (1976)

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The winner of 11 Emmy awards, the made-for-TV Eleanor and Franklin stars Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt. The film traces the first four decades of the lives of cousins Franklin and Eleanor, beginning with their marriage in 1905. Conflicts loom in the form of FDR's domineering mother (Rosemary Murphy) and Eleanor's discovery of an affair between her husband and artist Lucy Mercer (Linda Kelsey). After Franklin is stricken by polio in 1921, Eleanor emerges as a formidable and influential public figure. James Costigan wrote the teleplay for Eleanor and Franklin, which first aired as a two-parter on January 11 and 12, 1976. The film was followed several months later by a multipart sequel, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.

Cast

Jane Alexander
as Eleanor Roosevelt
Edward Herrmann
as Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Linda Kelsey
as Lucy Mercer
Rosemary Murphy
as Sara Delano Roosevelt
Pamela Franklin
as Anna Hall
David Huffman
as Elliott Roosevelt Sr.
Mackenzie Phillips
as Eleanor Roosevelt (age 14)
Linda Purl
as Alice Roosevelt (age 14-20)
William Phipps
as Theodore Roosevelt
Ted Eccles
as Franklin Roosevelt (age 16)
Lilia Skala
as Mlle. Souvestre
Ed Flanders
as Louis Howe
Peggy McCay
as Grace Tully
Anna Lee
as Laura Delano
Devon Ericson
as Corinne Robinson
Irene Tedrow
as Mary Hall
Len Wayland
as Adm. McIntyre
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