The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Ken Burns documentary series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who played pivotal roles in shaping modern America, opens with the early years of cousins Theodore (1858-1919) and Franklin (1882-1945). Teddy was frail as a child, yet pursued a strenuous life. He experienced tragedy, too: His first wife, Alice, died days after giving birth to daughter Alice Lee in 1884. A young Franklin, meanwhile, was inspired by his cousin's political career to contemplate following in his path.


Paul Giamatti
as Theodore Roosevelt
Edward Herrmann
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Meryl Streep
as Eleanor Roosevelt
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