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DiedNovember 7, 1962, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseFranklin D. Roosevelt
FactCousin of Leila Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential women of the 20th century. She was born on October 11, 1884 in New York City to Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Hall Roosevelt. Her father was a brother of President Theodore Roosevelt, and her mother was a socialite. Eleanor had two younger brothers, Elliott Jr. and Gracie Hall Roosevelt.

Eleanor was educated at home by tutors and governesses. She later attended the prestigious all-girls school, Miss Maude’s School for Young Ladies in New York City. In 1902, she enrolled at the prestigious all-women’s college, Barnard College.

Eleanor’s life changed forever when her father died in a hunting accident in 1894 and her mother in 1892. Eleanor was just ten years old when she lost her parents. She went to live with her grandparents, who were very wealthy.

Eleanor married her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905. The couple had six children: Anna, James, Elliott, Franklin Jr., John, and Elliott. Eleanor was a supportive wife and mother, but she also pursued her own interests. She was an active member of the Women’s Trade Union League and the League of Women Voters. She also worked for the New York City Children’s Aid Society.

In 1921, Franklin was diagnosed with polio and was paralyzed from the waist down. Eleanor became his full-time caregiver and helped him regain some use of his legs. She also became his political partner, advising him on issues and campaigning for him.

When Franklin was elected president in 1932, Eleanor became the first lady. She was an active first lady, holding press conferences, giving speeches, and writing a newspaper column called “My Day.” She also worked for social reform, helping to pass laws that improved working conditions for women and minorities.

After Franklin’s death in 1945, Eleanor continued to work for social justice. She served as a delegate to the United Nations and helped to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also worked for civil rights, helping to end segregation in the military and desegregate schools in the South.

Eleanor Roosevelt died on November 7, 1962. She was survived by her children and grandchildren.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a complex person who accomplished a great deal in her lifetime. She was an advocate for social justice and equality, and she helped to make the world a better place for all people.

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Full NameEleanor Roosevelt
DiedNovember 7, 1962, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionPolitician, Diplomat, Author
EducationAllenswood Academy, The New School


SpouseFranklin D. Roosevelt
ChildrenElliott Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt Halsted, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., James Roosevelt, John Aspinwall Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.
ParentsAnna Hall Roosevelt, Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt
SiblingsHall Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, Elliott Roosevelt, Jr.


AwardsUnited Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights
NominationsNational Book Award for Nonfiction
MoviesThe Eleanor Roosevelt Story, Women in Defense, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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1[in response to criticism that her public activities strayed too far from her responsibilities as First Lady, 1940] Of course, women's place is in the home, but the home has to be protected, and to protect it you have to go out and fight the things that threaten it, such as social insecurity, and child labor and poverty and ignorance.
2Every day do something that scares you.
3Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
4[on choice] Somewhere along the line of our development we discover what we really are, and then we make our decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never live anyone else's life.
5You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the things you think you cannot do.
6On work: When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
7Women are like tea bags - you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water.
8Happiness isn't a goal; it's a by-product.
9No one can make you inferior without your consent.
10Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run, it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength stare it down.
11The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
12Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
13Marriage and the upbringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career.


1The Marion Anderson concert actually took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
2She was the tallest United States First Lady.
3She and husband Franklin D. Roosevelt were fifth cousins.
4She is the only United States First Lady to not change her name after marriage, as she and Franklin D. Roosevelt already shared the same surname. Hillary Clinton kept her maiden name during the first seven years of her marriage, but started using her husband's last name when he ran for Governor of Arkansas is 1982.
5Incurred the wrath of Southern conservatives during the Depression when she visited the South and discovered that local officials of the WPA (Works Progress Administration, an agency set up to provide government jobs such as highway, bridge and building construction for the unemployed) were deliberately excluding blacks from the program. Outraged, she informed her husband, who ordered an immediate cessation to the practice after firing several agency officials (many Southerners afterwards referred to blacks they saw working on government projects as "Eleanor's niggers"). She further alienated many in the South when she pushed both her husband and Congress to end official racial segregation in the armed forces (although that policy wasn't finally implemented until several years after her husband died).
6When Franklin D. Roosevelt was first elected, the Secret Service were not yet protecting the lives of the First Family. She was issued a gun for her own protection, and then they issued her a badge so she was legally allowed to carry the gun.
7Was given horrible medical advice, even for 1960s standards. When she first started feeling the affects of tuberculosis, she saw her doctors. They did the standard PPD test (which is still used today to diagnose TB). Even though she received a +PPD result (meaning she has or previously had TB), her doctors dismissed the findings and put her on steroids. She left the country for a goodwill tour of Europe. When she returned she was in worse health; the TB had taken over multiple organ systems. If she had been put on antibiotics that were available, she would have been cured. By giving her steroids her doctors compromised her immune system, and assisted the TB in becoming worse. Even if they had done nothing she would have been better off and had a better chance at survival. This was a huge medical blunder even for the standards of the day.
8Quit the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) because they wouldn't allow contralto Marian Anderson to perform in Constitution Hall - the only venue large enough to accommodate the audience that Ms. Anderson would draw - because she was African-American. Mrs. Roosevelt then made arrangements for Miss Anderson's concert to be performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 75,000 people attended.
9Niece of Theodore Roosevelt.
10Her father was an alcoholic. He tried his best to receive treatment and to stop drinking, but he died when Eleanor was 10.
11Cousin of Leila Roosevelt.
12Charter member of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.
13First Lady of the United States (1933-1945).
14Children with Franklin D. Roosevelt: Anna Roosevelt (1906), James (1907), Franklin Jr. (1909, died as infant), Elliott Roosevelt (1910), Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. (1914) and John (1916).
15Pictured on a 20¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in her honor, 11 May 1984.
16Pictured on a 5¢ US postage stamp issued in her honor, 11 October 1963.




Women in Defense1941Documentary short commentary written by


The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies1960TV Special "High Hopes"


Great Books1999TV Series documentaryHerself
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV MovieHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies1960TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Wallace Interview1957TV SeriesHerself
Portraits of Power1957TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1954-1956TV Series documentaryHerself
What's My Line?1953TV SeriesHerself
Longines Chronoscope1953TV SeriesHerself - U.S. Stateswoman
The Colgate Comedy Hour1950TV SeriesHerself
Universal Newsreel1945/IXDocumentary shortHerself
Universal Newsreel1945/VIIIDocumentary shortHerself
Pastor Hall1940Herself - Introduction to US version (uncredited)
The Royal Visit1939DocumentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Dear Eleanor2016Herself
Race for the White House2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Chairwoman, Commission on the Status of Women
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sind wir bald zu viele?2012Documentary shortHerself
The Untold History of the United States2012TV Series documentaryHerself - First Lady of the United States
Edward & George: Two Brothers, One Throne2012DocumentaryHerself
60 Minutes2006-2012TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself (segment "Mike")
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Former First Lady
Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Road to Resistance2010DocumentaryHerself
Women in the White House2009Video documentaryHerself
Undercover History2007TV SeriesHerself
Weird U.S.2005TV Series documentaryHerself
War Stories with Oliver North2005TV Series documentaryHerself
FDR: A Presidency Revealed2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Private Life of a Masterpiece2004TV Series documentaryHerself - First Lady of the United States
Churchill2004TV Series documentaryHerself
René Lévesque, héros malgré lui2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (Ambassador, UN)
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryHerself
They Drew Fire2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
History Lessons2000DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Ils ont filmé la guerre en couleur2000TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (# 93)
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Great Depression1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Homes of FDR1998Video documentaryHerself
The White House1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Royal Family at War1995TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Nixon1995Herself - Wearing Fur Coat (uncredited)
Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped1995TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Biography1994TV Series documentaryHerself
American Experience1994TV Series documentaryHerself
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Great Depression1993TV Series documentaryHerself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHerself - with FDR at the White House
The Speeches Collection: John F. Kennedy1990Video documentaryHerself - 1960 Convention
Black Sheep Squadron1978TV SeriesHerself
All This and World War II1976DocumentaryHerself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHerself
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
What's the Matter with Helen?1971Herself
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story1965DocumentaryHerself
F.D.R.1965TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Men of Our Time1963TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography1963TV Series documentaryHerself
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHerself
The Joker Is Wild1957Mrs. Roosevelt (uncredited)
Longines Chronoscope1955TV SeriesHerself
Näin syntyi nykypäivä... 1900-19501951DocumentaryHerself
The Roosevelt Story1947DocumentaryHerself

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