Edna Gladney

GFA Book Corner Reprise - Texas Adoption Activist: Edna Gladney, A Life & Legacy of Love

May
19

Edna GladneyIn 1941, Greer Garson earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Fort Worth's Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust. All eyes turned toward the small yet mighty Gladney and her fight for children's rights and adoption reform.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: Gladney's Mother/Daughter Tea Party

Aug
21

The Gladney Center for Adoption Annual

Mother/Daughter Tea Party

Sunday, November 3, 2013

2-4 p.m.

River Crest Country Club

 

"We are not finished when we have found homes and names for our children.  It is our duty to ensure and protect their futures."  Edna Gladney 1886-1961

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Adoption Stories by Gladney - Pregnant & Chose Adoption

May
30

Pregnant and Chose AdoptionI am from Katy, Texas, but at the age of sixteen I found myself living far away in a little city called Lake Charles, Louisiana.  This was a difficult time for me because my boyfriend and I just found out I was pregnant.  My boyfriend had a suspicion that something was going on and bought me a pregnancy test.  He was right.  Shortly after taking the test the positive sign popped up and I knew that I was going to have a ba

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125 Facts: All male Board in the early years

Aug
21

The Board of Directors in the agency's early years were all male. "We have an all-male board," Mrs. Gladney said, "because men are much kinder in their attitude toward unmarried mothers than women."

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125 Facts: Edna Gladney reel and real selves

Aug
07

The 5'1" Edna had become extremely overweight due to illness. Though she may have regretted the contrast between her reel (Blossoms In The Dust) and real selves, she did not let that keep her from undertaking any publicity that would help the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society.

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125 Facts: Edna Gladney born 1886

Jul
12

Interesting Fact: Edna Gladney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on January 22, 1886. She was the daughter of an unmarried mother, Minnie Nell Jones, and an unknown British father. Minnie later married jeweler/sales clerk/confectionery baker Maurice Kahly, who gave Edna his name and fathered her sister Dorothy (born 1895).

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125 Facts: Edna Gladney ignored conventions of her day

Jul
06

Interesting Fact: Edna ignored conventions of her day and was a firm believer in the early placement of children. She thought common sense dictated that a child and his/her parents be united as soon as possible. She also welcomed children of color, declaring that the Home was "only interested in one race, the human race."

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125 Facts: Fictional elements of Blossoms in the Dust

Jun
12

Though the story of Blossoms in the Dust was fictionalized, much of it was based on fact. Edna's illegitimacy - known only to Ralph Wheelwright - became the foster sister Charlotte. Her tubal pregnancy was depicted as a son who died young. Tony was based on an actual baby at the Home whom Edna called Sam and wanted to adopt. The tense courtroom scene with the blackmailing birth father was based on an actual case with a birth mother.

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125 Facts: Edna Gladney's fundraising abilities

May
21

Mrs. Gladney proved her fundraising acumen when she opened the Sherman Nursery in Sherman, TX. Among other things, she collected change in milk bottles that were placed in stores around Sherman (an idea she learned from I.Z.T. Morris). She later repeated that practice in Fort Worth on behalf of the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society.

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