Eleanor was born in a traditional, southern family in 1937 in Roaring Heights. She was the youngest and had an older sister that picked on her. From this, when she grew up she didn't like anyone at school, and her only friend was her father. However, her father died in WW2 when she was a teen, making her even more miserable then she ever was.
She didn't want to talk to anyone, not even her mother... Her mother tried to force her to make friends with a woman named Laura Sanderson, but it didn't work out. In fact, it just made her a lifelong enemy and rival for the rest of her life. Her marriage with Harold wasn't even genuine. She was forced into it, making her more mad. She was not a very good wife to him, but they never divorced.
She slightly changed when Lucas was born. She was more happier than she had been throughout her life. She loved Lucas and treated him better than her own husband. But when she found out he wanted to get married to her rival's daughter (Lanaya Reed) she pushed him out the door as well.
When Lucas died in his motorcycle crash, she got mad at Lanaya for it and refuses to ever speak with an Andresen ever again. She only likes her grandson Cole Reed and spoils him. She has a soft spot for children who were boys, like her son and grandson.
She is gloomy and depressed at times. She's hot-headed and questions mostly anything people do and doesn't understand the meaning of happiness. She's barely ever felt happy. The few things that bring her joy are her grandchild Cole, venting to her husband, shooing kids away from her house (even if they're on the sidewalk), being verbally abusive to Lanaya and Laura, and criticizing the way people live. People say she's the most unlikable person they know.