Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

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Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Produced by Harry R. Sherman
David Susskind
Written by James Costigan
Based on Eleanor and Franklin 
by Joseph P. Lash
Starring Jane Alexander
Edward Herrmann
Priscilla Pointer
Walter McGinn
Music by John Barry
Cinematography James Crabe
Edited by Michael S. McLean
Rita Roland
Production
company
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
  • March 13, 1977 (1977-03-13)
Running time 180 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) is a made-for-television movie that was a sequel to the previous year's Eleanor and Franklin. Originally airing on March 13, 1977, it was part of a two-part biopic directed by Daniel Petrie based on Joseph P. Lash's Pulitzer prize-winning biography chronicling the lives of the 32nd U.S. President and the First Lady. Joseph Lash was a secretary and confidant of Eleanor and wrote other books on the couple.

Eleanor and Franklin focussed on their respective childhoods, school years, courtship and the lead up to his election. Seven members of the original cast returned for the sequel, including the two main characters portrayed by Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann. It also won 2 Emmys including outstanding special of the year. Daniel Petrie, who won an Emmy for the first movie, won again for best director. Both films were acclaimed and noted for historical accuracy.

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