Category Archives: Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Blossoms in the Dust (1941) tells the true story of Edna Gladney (Greer Garson), who, in the process of finding homes for orphaned children, changes social attitudes and policy in the US. Among her accomplishments is single-handedly instigating the removal of the word “illegitimate” from birth certificates. The Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, Texas, remains her most visible legacy.

Impassioned Speeches: Edna Gladney and Meryl Streep

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 stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. Continue reading Impassioned Speeches: Edna Gladney and Meryl Streep