Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

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Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
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DVD cover
Genre Biography
Based on Eleanor and Franklin
by Joseph P. Lash
Written by James Costigan
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Starring Jane Alexander
Edward Herrmann
Priscilla Pointer
Walter McGinn
Music by John Barry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Harry R. Sherman
David Susskind
Cinematography James Crabe
Editor(s) Michael S. McLean
Rita Roland
Running time 180 minutes
Production company(s) Talent Associates
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release
  • March 13, 1977 (1977-03-13)

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years is a 1977 American made-for-television film and a sequel to Eleanor and Franklin (1976). Originally airing on March 13, 1977, it was part of a two-part biographical film 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 focused 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 won seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Special of the Year. Daniel Petrie, who won Director of the Year – Special for the first installment, won the same award again. Both films were acclaimed and noted for historical accuracy.


DVD release

The film was released on DVD by HBO Video on May 21, 2013, with Eleanor and Franklin (1976) on the second disc.


External links

  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years on IMDb
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