Owner of Eleanor Waldorf Designs, Eleanor is the fashion designer mother of Blair Waldorf. Her decades-long marriage to Blair's father, Harold Waldorf, ended when Harold left her to pursue a relationship with French male model, Roman, who was Eleanor's best friend during her early years as a designer. In Season 2, she dates and then marries the oddly charming Cyrus Rose. Also in the second season, she employs Jenny as an overworked intern and steals some of her talented young protégé's designs, driving Jenny to break off on her own. Her relationship with Blair is strained, but there are occasional moments of tenderness between mother and daughter.