Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

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: The White House Years
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Based onEleanor and Franklin
by Joseph P. Lash
Written byJames Costigan
Directed byDaniel Petrie
StarringJane Alexander
Edward Herrmann
Priscilla Pointer
Walter McGinn
Music byJohn Barry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Harry R. Sherman
David Susskind
CinematographyJames Crabe
Editor(s)Michael S. McLean
Rita Roland
Running time180 minutes
Production company(s)Talent Associates
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • March 13, 1977 (1977-03-13)

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.


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