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.

Blossoms in the Dust: Thinking About Adoption

Mervyn LeRoy’s film Blossoms in the Dust is loosely based on the life of Edna Gladney, an influential Texas mover and shaker who is credited for finding homes for orphans, and for having the term illegitimate permanently removed from vital records in the state. Blossoms in the Dust is an ideal movie to share with the family; it simultaneously warms and wrenches the heart; it entertains, inspires and, educates the audience about a woman who made the world a better place lest she be forgotten with the passage of time. Continue reading Blossoms in the Dust: Thinking About Adoption