Thursday, September 12, 2013

Philomena Lee

Synopsis: A young girl must give up her child for adoption and she spends the next 50 years trying to find her secret child.

True Story:  "Philomena" is based on Philomena Lee and the journalist who wrote about her story in his book. The journalist's name is Martin Sixsmith.


Read the true story that inspired "Philomena" here.

The real Philomena Lee with writer Martin Sixsmith: (The Guardian: Photographer Graham Turner)

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a 'fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and 'sold' to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising 'Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him, she never saw him again.

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