Eleanor and Franklin

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Eleanor and Franklin
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VHS cover
Distributed by HBO (2013, DVD)
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Produced by David Susskind (executive)
Audrey Maas
Harry R. Sherman
Written by James Costigan
Based on Eleanor and Franklin 
by Joseph P. Lash
Starring Edward Herrmann
Jane Alexander
Music by John Barry
Editing by Michael Kahn
Production company Talent Associates
Country United States
Original channel ABC
Release date January 11, 1976 (1976-01-11)
Running time 240 minutes
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 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and the Peabody Award. Daniel Petrie won the Emmy for best director, 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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