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Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Days
Updated: 6/25/2020
Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Days
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  • Eleanor meets her distant cousin Franklin for the first time in many years after returning from school in London. They connected over their intense passions for workers' rights and social justice. This scene would work best at Eleanor's coming out party at the Waldorf-Astoria, surrounded by glamour and music.
  • Eleanor, you look lovely. I'm so glad you've returned to New York. Would you like to join me for dinner?
  • Why, Franklin, it's been years! I've just returned from London. We must catch up.
  • Eleanor and Franklin were married in 1905. Eleanor was escorted by her uncle, Teddy Roosevelt. This event took place at a grand Upper East Side mansion, so this scene should be dramatic, bright, and romantic. Franklin and Eleanor should be deeply happy and in love.
  • Eleanor stands by Franklin as he becomes a NY State Senator, and later as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. They had five surviving children, and Eleanor became heavily involved in the Red Cross during WWI. This shot should be heavy with worry and tension related to normal work and family stress.
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