The McLaughlin Group
| Eleanor Roeloffs|
July 7, 1940 (age 75) (1940-07-07) Brooklyn, New York, USA
Montgomery Clift (brother-in-law)
Tom Brazaitis (m. 1989–2005), William Brooks Clift Jr. (m. ?–1984)
Woodbury Blair Clift, Edward Montgomery Clift, Robert Anderson Clift
Madam President, Two Weeks of Life, War without bloodshed, Founding Sisters and the Ninet, Election 2004
John McLaughlin, Pat Buchanan, William Brooks Clift Jr, Clarence Page, Montgomery Clift
The Daily Beast
Eleanor Clift Wikipedia
Eleanor Clift (born July 7, 1940) is an American liberal political reporter, television pundit, and author. She is currently a contributor to MSNBC and blogger for The Daily Beast. She was a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group, which she has compared to "a televised food fight".
Clift is a board member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).
Clift was born Eleanor Roeloffs in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of German immigrants from the island of Föhr in the North Sea. She grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, where her parents ran a deli in Sunnyside. Clift was raised a Lutheran and attended Hofstra University and Hunter College. She began her career in 1963 as a secretary at Newsweek, and is one of the first female reporters to earn an internship from the secretary pool. Clift later became White House correspondent for Newsweek and has covered every presidential campaign for the magazine since 1976. She began a broadcast career on The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C., as a Friday week-in-review panelist. She became known to listeners for her good-natured acceptance of ribbing from other panelists and callers to the program.
During the Clinton administration, she was jokingly referred to as "Eleanor Rodham Clift" or "Eleanor Rodham Clifton", because of her fierce defense of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton.
She has appeared in four movies. She played a talk show panel member in Rising Sun (1993), and appeared as herself in Dave (1993), Independence Day (1996) and Getting Away with Murder (1996). She was also recently portrayed by actress Mary Ann Burger in the 2009 film Watchmen.
In 2008, she wrote Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics which intertwines the events of her own life and those of the nation concerning the Terri Schiavo case during a two-week period in March 2005. In it she examines the way people in the United States deal with death, publicity and personality. She wrote in the book, “Religion and politics are supposed to be separate.”
She was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Washington & Jefferson College Energy Summit, where the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index was unveiled.Hoover Institution William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellow September 16–22, 2002
Clift's first marriage was to William Brooks Clift, Jr. (1919–1986), the brother of the actor Montgomery Clift. They had three sons: Edward Montgomery, Woodbury Blair, and Robert Anderson. In September 1989, she married Tom Brazaitis, a Washington columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. They remained together until his death of kidney cancer on 30 March 2005.