Eleanor Clift Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, Net Worth, and Politics

Eleanor Clift Profile

Eleanor Clift is an American political reporter, author, and television pundit. She is a blogger for The Daily Beast and a contributor to MSNBC. She attended Hofstra University and Hunter College. Clift is a board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

Eleanor Clift Age|How old is Clift?

She was born Eleanor Roeloffs on July 7, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. She is 81 years old as of 2021.

Eleanor Clift
Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift Height

Clift stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches.

Eleanor Clift Family

She is 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 used to run a deli in Sunnyside.

Eleanor Clift Husband

Clift has been married twice. She was first married to William Brooks Clift, Jr. from 1919–to 1986, the brother of the actor Montgomery Clift. They had three sons together: Woodbury Blair, Edward Montgomery, and Robert Anderson. Her second marriage was to Tom Brazaitis, in September 1989. Her husband was a Washington columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. They remained together until his death on 30 March 2005 due to kidney cancer.

Eleanor Clift’s Net Worth

Clift has an estimated net worth of $2.1 million which she has earned from her career as a reporter, author, and television pundit.

Quick Facts About Eleanor Clift

Age81 years old as of 2021
SpouseNot Available
Net Worth$2.1 million

Is Eleanor Clift related to Montgomery Clift?

Clift was previously married to Montgomery Clift’s brother, William Brooks Clift, Jr. Eleanor is therefore Montgomery’s ex-sister-in-law. 

Eleanor Clift Career

Clift began her broadcast career on The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C., where she was a Friday week-in-review panelist. Clift became known to listeners for her good-natured acceptance of ribbing from other panelists and callers to the program.

As an actress, Clift has appeared in four movies; Rising Sun (1993) as a talk show panel member, appeared as herself in Dave (1993), Getting Away with Murder (1996), and Independence Day (1996). In 2009, she was portrayed by actress Mary Ann Burger in the 2009 film Watchmen. She was also portrayed by Jan Hooks on Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she was a keynote speaker at the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Summit, where the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index was unveiled.

Eleanor Clift Newsweek

Clift started her career as a secretary in 1963, at Newsweek, and is one of the first female reporters to earn an internship from the secretary pool. She left Newsweek briefly in 1985 and went to serve as a White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. Clift has covered every presidential campaign for the magazine since 1976 and was part of Newsweek’s special project team following 1984, 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections, each of which resulted in a book.

She returned to Newsweek in 1986 to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which embroiled President Reagan and tarnished his administration.

Eleanor Clift The Mclaughlin Group

Clift is a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group, a nationally syndicated show that she has compared to “a televised food fight”.

Eleanor Clift Books

  • War without bloodshed – 1996
  • Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling – 2000
  • Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment – 2003
  • Election 2004 – 2004
  • Two Weeks of Life – 2008
  • Selecting a President – 2012