Meet Eleanor Mondale, daughter of former Vice-President Walter Mondale, reporter, radio talk show host and rumored to be a former Bill Clinton lover. She is recovering from a recurrence of brain cancer and preparing to return to the airwaves on Monday. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

It is an interesting insight into our society that of all the things Eleanor Mondale has done in her life, she is best known as a woman who is rumored to have had an affair with former President Bill Clinton which lead to a dramatic temper tantrum on the part of Monica Lewinsky. The July issue of Vanity Fair is doing a piece on Bill Clinton that has a lot of juicy tidbits in it, including reviving the old rumor of a liaison between him and Ms. Mondale. I’m sure the commenters here will have some interesting ideas about the timing of such a piece considering the current political atmosphere.

Less amusingly, in the run-up to the 1996 re-election campaign, when Clinton took one of his many fund-raising trips to California, I teasingly asked his press secretary, Mike McCurry, whether the president intended to go jogging with Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of the former vice president—as he had on a previous trip—after he was spotted with her (and Barbra Streisand) in the wee hours of the morning. The next day, as we boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force Base en route to Los Angeles, McCurry, whose effectiveness as Clinton’s spokesman was aided by the fact that he never fell in love with him, sidled up to me and told me that he had passed my question on to the president, and that Clinton had responded, in vivid terms he knew I could not print, that I should not confuse exercise with extracurricular activity.

Only much later would the world learn that no less an informed observer than Monica Lewinsky, whose judgment, in hindsight, has often seemed sounder than the president’s, had taken note of Mondale’s presence at his side. According to Andrew Morton’s authorized account Monica’s Story, Lewinsky flew into a swivet when she was once stopped at the White House gate on her way to a hoped-for meeting to deliver Christmas gifts to the president. While waiting, she learned that Mondale was with him in the White House.

“Do you think I would be stupid enough to go running with someone I was foolin’ with?,�? Clinton later asked Lewinsky. Without missing a beat, she replied, “Do you want me to answer that?�?

Eleanor Mondale is also returning to her job at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis following surgery to remove a brain tumor in March. She co-hosts a show called Mondale and Jones. She’s scheduled to ease her way back into her job starting Monday morning. She’ll do the first hour of the show that runs from 9am-noon and will gradually increase her time as she recovers.

This is Mondale’s second bout with brain cancer. She initially was diagnosed in 2005 after suffering seizure on the night of May 15, 2005. The doctors at the Mayo Clinic found two tumors in her brain at that time. With aggressive radiation and chemotherapy her cancer was in remission by 2006. Another tumor was detected during a routine checkup in January 2008.

Eleanor Mondale Biography

Eleanor Jane Mondale was born on January 19, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is 48-years-old. Her parents are former Vice-President Walter Mondale and Joan Mondale. She was also a reporter with the E! Online cable channel and the CBS show This Morning. She has also had some small roles in movies and television shows. She has been co-hosting the Mondale and Jones in 2006.

Mondale is married to Minneapolis rock musician Chan Poling. They married in June 2005. She was previously married to Keith Van Horne formerly of the Chicago Bears. She was also married to DJ Greg Thunder. In 1990 she dated rock singer Warren Zevon.

Eleanor Mondale – Video

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