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Based on her physical appearance alone, Jean Stapleton is a natural to portray Eleanor. But it turns out that the accomplished actress' resemblance to the first lady doesn't end there. It extends to her idealism, her feminism, and even her awakening to activism.
Arts Story  November 10, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The same apple cheeks, plump beneath the same eyes, glittering with starlight and a compassion that encompasses the world. Based on her physical appearance alone, you can see why someone would think Jean Stapleton was a terrific choice to portray Eleanor Roosevelt on the stage or screen -- which she has done in the 1982 CBS movie Eleanor: First Lady of the World, and is doing currently in the one-woman stage play Eleanor: Her Secret Journey...."

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