Sanger, Eleanor

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Sanger, Eleanor Gender: F
Mary Eleanor Sanger
born on 15 September 1929 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Victoria, Hong Kong, 22n17, 114e09
Timezone AWST h8e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 21°50' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°54 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 09°55'

Eleanor Sanger (1961)
photo: Rpriger, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American seven-time Emmy-award-winning television writer and producer, who was the first woman Network Sports Producer. During her career there wasn't a sport, played by men or women (including the Scottish Highland Games), that Sanger didn't produce.

Sanger was the daughter of Richard Sanger (1894–1957) and Lonni Wheeler, née Wernicke (1891–1987). Her father was a sales executive for Standard Oil of California posted in the Orient for almost 30 years. Her mother was a native of Berlin, Germany.

From 1957 to 1960, Sanger was the Manager of Public Affairs, at Station WNBC-TV, New York City. During the same period, she was also the Associate Producer (1957–1960) and Producer (1960–1963) of The Open Mind.

In 1966, Sanger became the Manager of Client Relations and Associate Producer for ABC Sports where she stayed until 1970—with a stint as a writer on ABC News in 1967. From 1970 to 1973, Sanger was a Producer Writer for Tomorrow Entertainment producing various documentaries.

It took a Title IX challenge by the National Organization for Women of ABC's allegedly discriminatory hiring and programming practices, and a long-standing working relationship with the head of Sports, Roone Arledge, for Sanger to be re-hired by ABC Sports as a full-fledged Producer, Writer, and Director in 1973; a post she held full-time through 1986.

Sanger married twice, having four children during her first marriage. She died from cancer on 7 March 1993, aged 63, in Tisbury, Massachusetts.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided U.S. Consular Report of Birth stating "12 noon" as time of birth.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (American born in Hong Kong)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Sports)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Seven)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First woman Network Sports Producer)