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Linda Laronge as


Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City  - December 20, 1940            (Photo #5280 from http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/photo.html)


First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

as of 12-10-2016  Eleanor Roosevelt is taking a break from scheduling new programs

"Strength, Courage and Confidence"

Linda's program and portrayal captures the essence of this dynamic First Lady and modern woman.  Highlights covered include:

Early Childhood
Courtship & Marriage
Campobello and Warm Springs
The White House Years
World Wars
"First Lady of the World"


For more than 15 years, Linda has been active in northeast Ohio’s community theater activities.  Her interest in Eleanor Roosevelt has inspired her to make a wide-ranging study of the First Lady’s life and times.  Linda’s personal travels abroad and years of working with the public translate into an empathetic portrayal of Eleanor’s role as a politician’s wife, ambassador, and champion of the less fortunate. 

Linda joined the “We Made History” troupe of characters with hopes to educate others about one of the world’s most admired – yet controversial – women.

What People Say about Eleanor

After the Perry Library performance a patron declared, “You became her [Eleanor]!”. 



Program Ideas:

“A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” 

Two American women – from different generations – sharing their differences and commonalities.  Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucretia Garfield meet over tea and discuss their paths to the White House and beyond.  You will be surprised about the experiences they had in common.  Discover how they dealt with troublesome, and possibly terminating, marriage difficulties.  Hear them expound on interesting topics such as mothers-in-law, children, and politics.   

These two educated, intelligent women also examine their early self-esteem issues and how they grew beyond them into strong, independent, and formidable widows.  One becomes the “vanishing First Lady” (or does she?) while the other transforms into “First Lady of the World.” 

Join us for a conversation that was never in your history books.  It’s also a perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month! 


This from a patron of the Parma-Snow Library-CCPL after “A Conversation with Eleanor & Lucretia” on May 4, 2013:

“I learned so much today!  Why couldn’t history class have been like this?”

Elliot Roosevelt (Eleanor’s father, Teddy’s brother) and his 3 children, 1891.  Eleanor is standing, third from left

Eleanor in wedding dress,
March 17, 1905





Eleanor, baby Anna, FDR, & Duffy dog

Above 4 photos are credited to : Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, Online Photos at http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/

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