LIFE OF CHILDREN’S CHAMPION INSPIRED MOVIE

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LIFE OF CHILDREN’S CHAMPION INSPIRED MOVIE

The producer of Blossoms In The Dust flew to Fort Worth on Jun. 19, 1941 to keep MGM’s promise to a woman with a heart as big as Texas.

Ralph Wheelwright, a screenwriter and publicist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and his wife traveled the county looking for just the right adoption agency and just the right baby. Their long search finally brought them to Edna Gladney and the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society in 1939.

The happy couple caught the train back to California with an infant they named Phinie Louise after her new mother and an idea for the perfect follow-up to Boys Town, the heartwarming biography that made a ton of money for the studio and earned Spencer Tracey the 1938 Oscar for Best Actor. As soon as he finished reading the newspaper clippings Edna had given him as a going-away present, Wheelwright knew he had exactly the kind of story his boss Louis B. Mayer wanted.

 

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