Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President Walter Mondale, Dies

Eleanor Mondale in 1997

The entertainment reporter, who worked for E! and CBS, and gossip magnet died at her home in Minnesota on Saturday.

Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of former vice president Walter Mondale, has died, the Associated Press reports. She was 51.

Mondale was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005 after suffering two seizures during a camping trip. The entertainment reporter announced in March 2009 that her brain cancer had returned and had surgery to remove the tumor in August of that year. A posting on Mondale's CaringBridge had deemed the surgery a success.

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Mondale was the middle of three children from Walter and Joan Mondale. She played a pivotal role in her father's unsuccessful campaign to take over President Ronald Reagan's seat in 1984 and in the 2002 campaign, when Mondale took the slot of Sen. Paul Wellstone, who had died in a plane crash prior to the election.

She also appeared in small parts on the television series Three's Company and Dynasty. She worked for E! Entertainment, ESPN, CBS' This Morning, the Minneapolis radio station WLOL-FM and WCCO-TV, before co-hosting a weekday morning show with Susie Jones on WCCO-AM.

Mondale was also the topic of much gossip. Her affair with rocker Warren Zevon is featured in the biography, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon, which was published after his death in 2007 by Zevon's ex-wife. It was reported that Monica Lewinsky expressed dislike for Mondale and three other women because of how much attention President Clinton gave them.

Mondale was married three times (Keith Van Horne, Greg Thunder and Chan Poling of The Suburbs). Mondale and Poling married shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

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