Eleanor, First Lady of the World (1982)

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Jean Stapleton stars as Eleanor Roosevelt in this made-for-TV biography, first telecast May 12, 1982. The film recounts Mrs. Roosevelt’s life after the 1945 death of her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. At the request of new president Truman, Eleanor serves as a United Nations delegate, spending much of her time tilting with dedicated anti-FDR politico John Foster Dulles. She goes on to spearhead the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proving to Dulles–and to Soviet delegate Freddie Jones–that she’s anything but soft on Communism.

Director: John Erman.
Writers: Caryl Ledner, Rhoda Lerman (story), Cynthia Whitcomb.
Stars: Jean Stapleton, E.G. Marshall, Gail Strickland, Joyce Van Patten, Peter White, Richard McKenzie, Lin McCarthy, Arlene Martel, Jeffrey Marcus, Lee Wilkof, Michael Mallory, Scott J. Mulvaney, Kenneth Kimmins, Michael Ensign, Dorothy Dells, Coral Browne, Kabir Bedi, Freddie Jones, Coral Browne.

1983 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
1983 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jean Stapleton).

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