Hollywood’s Edna Gladney

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Posted April 18, 2011 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch
“BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST” (1941) STARS GREER GARSON AS FORT WORTH’S EDNA GLADNEY.

“BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST” (1941) STARS GREER GARSON AS FORT WORTH’S EDNA GLADNEY.

Fans of Fort Worth history and classic Hollywood melodramas, take note: Tomorrow afternoon (Tue Apr 19) at 3:45pm, the basic cable channel Turner Classic Movies will screen Blossoms in the Dust (1941), a very glossy Technicolor version of the life of Edna Gladney. She campaigned tirelessly for the rights of orphans and so-called “illegitimate children” in 1920’s Texas and, of course, founded what would become the Gladney Center for Adoption right here in the Fort.

Greer Garson earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as Gladney. She suffers nobly (and with amazing cheekbones) against a musical score full of swelling orchestra strings. In other words, Blossoms in the Dust is about as subtle as the title suggests and it’s clearly not interested in getting all the facts straight. Still, the movie explores some tough subject matter, including the fact that Gladney’s only child died at a tragically early age and she was (allegedly) conflicted about adopting her beloved orphans to other families. The movie’s final scene is a quiet heartbreaker.


2 Comments


  1.  
    Roy

    By the way, the Edna Gladney foundation refuses to adopt out children to same-sex couples.
    Possibly the most bigoted non-religiously affiliated adoption agency in the US.




  2.  
    Noel McGaughey

    And thank God to her for refusing to give in to the pagan world.





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