Eleanor and Franklin

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Eleanor and Franklin
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Based on Eleanor and Franklin 
by Joseph P. Lash
Written by James Costigan
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Starring Edward Herrmann
Jane Alexander
Theme music composer John Barry
Country of origin United States
Producer(s) David Susskind (executive)
Audrey Maas
Harry R. Sherman
Editor(s) Michael Kahn
Running time 240 minutes
Production company(s) Talent Associates
Distributor HBO (2013, DVD)
Original network ABC
Original release January 11, 1976 (1976-01-11)
Followed by Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

Eleanor and Franklin (1976) is a television movie released on January 11, 1976, starring Edward Herrmann as Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt. It is the first part in a two-part biopic based on Joseph P. Lash's Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling biography with the same title. Joseph Lash was Eleanor's personal secretary and confidant. He wrote several books on the Roosevelts including some on both Eleanor and Franklin individually.

Directed by Daniel Petrie, the film follows the lives of President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor told in flashback from her perspective after her husband's death, from the time they were children until his election to the presidency.

A second film, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), was made which detailed Roosevelt's term as president.

The film won numerous awards, including 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Peabody Award. Daniel Petrie won for Director of the Year – Special, as he would again the next year with The White House Years. The film is noted for being almost entirely historically accurate.



Eleanor and Franklin was released on DVD by HBO Video on May 21, 2013 as a two-disc set with Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years featured on the second disc.

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