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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

DVD
99 min
2006
PN1995.9 .B55 P7594 2006 DVD

Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan. Offers a revealing study of the housewife's plight during the Eisenhower era, along with an inspiring tale of tenacity and survival against formidable odds. Evelyn is a cheerfully strong-willed mother of ten who compensates for the failings of her alcoholic husband by becoming the most successful “contester” in the country. Between the mid-1950s and the early '60s, Evelyn submitted cleverly worded poems, jingles, and slogans in corporate sponsored contests. Winning everything from palm trees and pogo-sticks to sports cars and cash, she somehow manages to hold the financially desperate family together with happy smiles and a rock-solid defiance.

Based on the book “The prize winner of Defiance, Ohio: how my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less” by Terry Ryan.

Cast: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan, Ellary Porterfield, Simon Reynolds. Director Jane Anderson.

Distributed by Universal Pictures.

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