Dear Eleanor

Synopsis: Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Director(s): Kevin Connolly
Production: Nine Nights
89 min

We stand today at the threshold

of a great event.

Both in the life of the United Nations

and in the life of mankind.

This universal declaration

of human rights may well become

the international Magna Carta

of all men everywhere.

You only meet your once-in-a-lifetime friend

once in a lifetime,

and I had to travel a long way

to realize that.

That October,

I'd just turned 15 years old.

My mother was dead,

and I thought it was my fault.

Home was the last place I wanted to be.

I wanted it to swallow me up.

- But she wouldn't let it.

- Thank goodness you're home.

Can I run through my speech

with you one more time?

I'm tired of hearing that stupid speech.

I just want to make sure I've memorized it

and left nothing out when I introduce her.

And I'm nervous.

I'm sure Mrs. Roosevelt won't mind

if you leave something out.

You should come with me

to hear Mrs. Roosevelt.

You're the future of this country.

You and Max the Wax, God forbid.

I mean, things are hard for women today.

When are you gonna learn

that women need to stick together?

I stick together. Me and Max the Wax

are going to the movies later to see Gidget.

Would you at least pick Henry up

from school so that I'm not late?

No! Let the little wiener walk. I had to.

Thanks a lot. Dinner is in the oven,

make a vegetable and I don't mean corn.

One of the most famous stars

in Hollywood history is dead at 36.

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in bed

under circumstances

that were in tragic contrast

to her glamorous career as a comic talent.

On the surface, she seemed to have

such a sensible mind...

She was fate because of me.

She was hit by a car.

My mother loved Eleanor Roosevelt.

She said she was the greatest First Lady

our country ever had.

Women gotta stick together,

don't you know?

- Why can't we have corn?

- No more corn.

Is Dad gonna eat?

I don't know. He's busy.

He's always busy.

I wish he'd be a pumpkin man again.

We're not pumpkin people no more

because Mom's gone,

and he don't give a flip

about pumpkins no more.

Heck, I don't think he'd even notice

if one of us went missing.

This don't taste like sloppy joe.

I wish Mom could make it.

It's Mom's same recipe,

so quit complaining.

- And we're still a family.

- I'm itchy.

Me, too.

It's because you have the chicken pox.

I'm next, ain't I?


Marilyn, rest in peace.

And RIP Jesus.


You chewed up my letter!

- I'm gonna have a serious talk with you...

- "Dear Eleanor...

- ...when I get home.

- " name is Maxine Wax,

"and I'm 15 years old.

"You may have already heard of me

as my family is very famous."

Keep reading.

"I'm writing to you because my best friend

Ellie has gone berserk

"and practically lost her mind.

"Her mom died this last summer,

and I know it would mean a lot to her

"if she could meet you

and get some words of encouragement

- "from a real trooper."

- Okay, skip to the end.

Right there, Billy.

"Sincerely, sincerely, Maxine Wax.

"P.S. You're probably a very busy person.

"You can just send her

an autographed picture of yourself

"because that would be neat, too.

"Thanks, Mrs. Roosevelt."

I liked maps.

I could look at the State

Farm Road Atlas for hours.

Opening it gave you a sense of adventure,

and that everything was possible.


And that you could plot

a new life for yourself.

And the red-lined highways

would take you there.

Ellie, are you up there?

Max the Wax and I are going

to Dairy Deluxe! Wanna come?

Yeah, hold on.

Hi, Annabell.


Say, "Hey, Max."


Come here.

Don't fall. Don't fall.

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