Eleanor Mondale

Actress + Infotainer and Radio Personality
Born Jan 19, 1960

Eleanor Jane Mondale Poling was an American radio personality, television host, and actress.

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  • A Night Out With: The New Standards; The Unusual, With A Twist
    NYTimes - Apr 30, 2006
  • Haute Tech
    NYTimes - Mar 30, 2003
  • Oscar Films/The Show; Taking No Prisoners At The Edge Of The Red Carpet
    NYTimes - Mar 04, 2001
  • Perelman's Endless (And Costly) Love
    NYTimes - Dec 17, 2000


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eleanor Mondale.


1960 Birth Born on January 19, 1960.


1981 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 23 Years Old By January 1983, Mondale was back in Hollywood, where she had small roles on TV shows such as Three's Company, Dynasty, and Matt Houston. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Mondale began her journalism career while still in Los Angeles, taking a job at KABC-TV in 1985.
1986 26 Years Old In 1986, Mondale signed a one-year contract with powerhouse Chicago radio station WGN (AM) to appear as a frequent contributor to programs.
1987 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1987, Mondale joined Chicago radio station WCKG-FM as a morning news anchor.
1988 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Mondale's first marriage, to football player Keith Van Horne, lasted from April 9, 1988, until August 1989, when Van Horne filed for divorce.
1989 29 Years Old In June 1989, Mondale took a job in Minneapolis as an entertainment reporter for WCCO-TV.


1990 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990 she dated rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, traveling on tour with him to Australia. … Read More
After leaving WCCO and spending some time in Australia, Mondale became a morning sidekick on WLOL-FM in Minneapolis, where she remained until the station was bought by Minnesota Public Radio in 1991. … Read More
1993 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Mondale and fellow sidekick Dan Walker were forced out of WKQX in January 1993.
1994 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1994, Mondale began working as a correspondent for NBC's "Today" show.


2004 44 Years Old After ESPN, she co-hosted The World's Greatest Auto Shows for the Speed Channel in 2004 and 2005. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2005 Mondale married Minneapolis musician Chan Poling of the group The New Standards. … Read More
2006 46 Years Old In the summer of 2006, the cancer was in remission, but she announced in February 2008 that a small tumor had returned and that she would seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
2009 49 Years Old Mondale was again diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2009 and was scheduled to undergo surgery later that same month.


2011 51 Years Old 1 More Event
She succumbed to the disease at her home in Minnesota on September 17, 2011, at the age of 51.
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