Blossoms in the Dust

GFA Book Corner Reprise - Texas Adoption Activist: Edna Gladney, A Life & Legacy of Love

May
19

Edna GladneyIn 1941, Greer Garson earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Fort Worth's Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust. All eyes turned toward the small yet mighty Gladney and her fight for children's rights and adoption reform.

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Gladney Center for Adoption Celebrates the Golden Anniversary of Blossoms in the Dust Luncheon, Style Show & Bazaar

Mar
27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contact:

Jennifer Lanter

(W) 817.922.5968

(C)  817.896.5968

(F)  817.922.6077

Jennifer.lanter@gladney.org
 

Gladney Center for Adoption Celebrates the Golden Anniversary of Blossoms in the Dust Luncheon, Style Show & Bazaar

 

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Spring Instagram Photo Contest

Mar
20

It’s the first day of Spring! Share your favorite photo showcasing how your family celebrates Spring and tag it #Gladneyspring.

The photo with the most likes will win a DVD of 'Blossoms in the Dust'. You can upload on Instagram, or email the photo to news@gladney.org.

Photo contest ends on March 31, 2013.

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Adoption Stories by Gladney - Why Adopt? Part 2

Jan
07

 
Why Adopt? (Part 2 of 4)

The story of  one couples mental, physical, emotional and spiritual struggles in making and sharing our life-long decisions to adopt children.

About the sixth year of trying to get pregnant, I started experiencing lower back pain which increased significantly over the weeks and months ahead.

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125 Facts: Blossoms In The Dust Publicity

Jul
02

Interesting Fact: Blossoms In The Dust (the movie based on Edna Gladney's work on behalf of children) generated so much publicity and attracted so many birthmothers that some babies slept in dresser drawers due to lack of crib space.

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125 Facts: Fictional elements of Blossoms in the Dust

Jun
12

Though the story of Blossoms in the Dust was fictionalized, much of it was based on fact. Edna's illegitimacy - known only to Ralph Wheelwright - became the foster sister Charlotte. Her tubal pregnancy was depicted as a son who died young. Tony was based on an actual baby at the Home whom Edna called Sam and wanted to adopt. The tense courtroom scene with the blackmailing birth father was based on an actual case with a birth mother.

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125 Facts: Blossoms in the Dust Premiere

May
15

Blossoms in the Dust premiered at Radio City Music Hall and had the biggest Fourth of July weekend business in the theater's history. The local premiere followed at the Worth Theater in Fort Worth, where MGM filled the lobby with gladiolas and strewed a thousand roses in 7th Street in front of the theater.

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125 Facts: The idea for Blossoms in the Dust

Apr
30

Ralph Wheelwright, an MGM publicist, and his wife, adopted a baby girl from Mrs. Gladney in 1940. Inspired by Mrs. Gladney's devotion to the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society, he sketched out her life story and presented it to Louis Mayer, head of Hollywood's Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. Wheelwright was paid $10,000 for the project idea.

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125 Facts: Actress Greer Garson

Mar
14

Actress Greer Garson, who played Edna Gladney in the movie Blossoms in the Dust, died in 1996. Shortly thereafter, the E.E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Fogelson Charitable foundation in Dallas gave $500,000 to The Gladney Fund in support of the endowment. Interested in donating? Visit our website to learn more!

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CONTACT GLADNEY:

Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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