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The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

Original title
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Archibald Macleish
Music
Ezra Laderman
Cast
Producer
Richard Kaplan Productions
Genre
Documentary | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
An admiring, uncritical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, released three years after her death. The film focuses solely on her, beginning with her unhappy childhood after both her parents had died by the time she was 10. In 1905, she married her fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was elected President in 1932. She always was concerned for the oppressed, and was a great supporter of civil rights, even if it was unfashionable. As First Lady, she traveled ceaselessly visiting the troops in the Second World War. After the war she became a US representative to the United Nations, and chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she was a key contributor to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Awards
1965: Oscar: Best Documentary
1965: National Board of Review: Best Film
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