Portrait of a Character – Eleanor Crossman
During Together, I wanted to make Jenny Crossman and Frank Ramirez‘s first dance an occasion for people to feel some true melancholy. As a result, Malcolm blows his nose to hide the fact that he’s weeping a bit, Lili much more openly cries and is given Malcolm’s handkerchief by Pamela Hudson, Travis and Tripp complain of headaches, Hoshi cries, and Deborah watches Jonathan from afar. Melissa is not there (she isn’t invited to the reception, so she’s with Norri). But what about Doug?
I wanted him (and Jonathan, before him), to be more or less pushed into dancing with the bride’s mother. Enter Eleanor Crossman.
Eleanor is portrayed by Barbara Rhoades.
I liked the idea of an actress who has done comedy (Rhoades was on Soap) and, believably, would call out, “Next victim!” when changing partners.
Pleasant and amusing, the widow Crossman likely manages the Crossman Pharmaceuticals fortune.
More of a floozy, this version of Eleanor is still running Crossman Pharma, but is more likely to be beholden to men.
I have never written her here, but since Jennifer exists (although her twin sister, Claire, might not), therefore, by definition, Eleanor must exist.