Those of us who watched the Golden Globe Awards this week, or heard about the event after the fact, know that in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Meryl Streep gave an impassioned speech. Without naming names, most likely everyone in the world knew the context and the individual about whom she spoke. But there was one performance this year that
Born in 1886, Edna Gladney was a real women who made it her life’s mission to fight for each and every orphan that crossed her path. “Illegitimate” was removed from official records when “That Gladney Woman,” as Edna was known, lobbied the Texas Legislature long and hard to pass a bill that gave adoptive children the same rights as biological counterparts.
Blossoms in the Dust effectively expresses Edna Gladney’s deep passion for advocating on behalf of orphaned children. A series of fictionalized scenes throughout the movie give the audience good insight as to her values, sense of morals, and mission in life. One particular scene midway through the movie portrays Edna Gladney’s giving a biological father every opportunity to change his mind before officially handing his baby son over for adoption. This scene emphasizes that Edna Gladney took the separation of babies from their birth parents very seriously.