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Elizabeth Hale is the mother of Claire Underwood.
She never liked that Claire married Frank Underwood, as she considered him classless. Even when he became President of the United States, thus making her daughter the First Lady. Shortly before the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Hale's health worsens severely, resulting Claire and Tom Yates to pay her a visit, although originally thought of as an escape from tensions with Frank.
Throughout the visit, Elizabeth's cancer progresses to a point, where she wants to peacefully pass away during a voluntary euthanasia preformed by Claire. With Tom and Claire sitting on the bed that Elizabeth was lying in, Claire orally administered "a lethal dose of something through a syringe that slowly puts her mother to sleep". Elizabeth died by assisted suicide. She was later a central figure in Claire's emotional DNC speech.
- The character is portrayed by Ellen Burstyn.