Friday, December 10, 2010

True story: A woman who support her family by winning entries...

I just heard about this woman from one of my colleagues..

Weird but it is a fact, a woman from Ohio support her family by winning entries..

Taken from Wikipedia...


The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is based on the true story of housewife Evelyn Ryan, who helped support her family by winning entries in jingle-writing contests.

Evelyn's husband, Kelly, failed to support his family in part due to apparent alcoholism. He had dreamed of being a singer but lost his singing voice in a car accident, and was often cruel and abusive.

In the movie, Evelyn wins a large freezer, ice buckets, a washing machine, a trip to New York, sleds, boots, a pony, a palm tree, a window, a sports car, a shopping spree in her local grocery store, ice crushers, a camera, dance shoes, a boat motor, pogo sticks, a case of dog food, and a life time supply of bird seed. Kelly, who feels like his role as provider for the family is being threatened, criticizes Evelyn and sometimes damages the prizes she wins. Their children side with her. At one point, Kelly gets angry at his wife and knocks her over while she is carrying 12 full glass bottles of milk, causing her to nearly sever a ligament. Evelyn is able to talk him down after each incident and, temporarily at least, he treats her better.

Evelyn is largely isolated because of the hours she has to spend caring for the children and the lack of local intellectual equals. However, she is contacted by a group of other contest-entering mid-western housewives and befriends them.
Ultimately, Evelyn discovers that Kelly had secretly taken out a second mortgage on their house and never made payments on it, leaving the family subject to an almost-certain foreclosure. The children pray for their mother's miraculous victory in a contest sponsored by Dr Pepper. She wins and pays the mortgage on the house.

In the closing sequence, set years later, we learn that after Kelly died, Evelyn finds out that he has placed his pension checks in a bank account especially for her. The actual Ryan children are then shown as adults, including the actual Betsy Ryan and Terry "Tuff" Ryan, the author of the book.

Yerp, I did asked Mr. Google for more info..
and this is Evelyn- picture taken from http://evelynryan.com
You may log on to that website for more details on Evelyn..

So, isn't it an interesting fact?? :) kan kan kan.. Thanks Adilla for this info






      

7 comments:

Sitisifir10 said...

uyyohh...boleh jadikan sumber inspirasi niii

Mama Zharfan said...

she must be one genius comper...

lynn said...

wah. kagum..

Jojoe, as you know her. said...

so interesting babe!

mama_umar_maryam said...

one word~ wow...

Wansteddy Tales said...

sumber yg tepat utk dijadikan inspirasi bab contest :)

Em's Family said...

ha ah, tengok la list dia menang ape.. macam macam.. patutnyer i list kan ape dia menang kat sini lagi boleh nampak macam sumber inspirasi :)

 

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