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Mondale Daughter Eleanor Dies at 51

'Wild child' was known on the party circuit in younger years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2011 7:37 AM CDT
Eleanor Mondale, Walter Mondale's Daughter, Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 51
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 1999 file photo, actress Eleanor Mondale, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, arrives at the 56th annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mondale, a vice president's daughter who carved out her own identity as a broadcast journalist and gossip magnet, died...   (Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out her own reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host, and gossip magnet, died yesterday at her home in Minnesota. She was 51. Mondale had been diagnosed with brain cancer years earlier. In a statement emailed to friends, the former vice president said he and his wife "must report that our wonderful daughter, Eleanor Mondale Poling, after her long and gutsy battle against cancer, went up to heaven last night to be with her angel."

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Eleanor Mondale had been off the air at WCCO-AM in Minneapolis since 2009, when she announced that her brain cancer had returned a second time. She had surgery to remove the tumor at the Mayo Clinic, and a post on her CaringBridge website declared the surgery a success. A striking blonde known on the party circuit when she was younger, Eleanor Mondale also attracted gossip. Her dalliance with the late rock musician Warren Zevon was detailed in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon, a posthumous biography. Mondale started as an aspiring actress, with bit parts in television's Three's Company and Dynasty. Mondale was married three times: to Chicago Bears offensive lineman Keith Van Horne, to fellow DJ Greg Thunder and to Twin Cities rock musician Chan Poling of The Suburbs. Click for the obituary of Kara Kennedy, who died Friday also at age 51. (Read more Eleanor Mondale stories.)

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