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Philomena Lee

An Adoptive Mother's Thoughts on Seeing 'Philomena'

Marci Rich | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Marci Rich

Through the years, as I held this child and watched him grow, I realized how much it would have meant -- to M and to me -- to be able to hold him in the moments after his birth.

'Philomena' Subject Doesn't Blame Catholic Church

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.06.2014 | Entertainment

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," about an Irish mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says ...

Real-Life Philomena Meets The Pope

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

When Philomena Lee, the subject of a recent Oscar-nominated film, was asked if she could have imagined at 18 years of age that she'd one day meet the ...

How Judi Dench Is Impacting Adoption Laws

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philomena Lee wistfully described losing her son to adoption and her search for him 50 years later, a quest depicted in the Oscar-...

Big Lessons That Transcend the Movie: There Are Philomenas All Around Us

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Pertman

The reality is that during the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland.

The Woman Whose Story Inspired 'Philomena' Talks About Her Gay Son

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

The woman whose story inspired "Philomena," the new film which just landed actress Judi Dench an Oscar nod, is speaking out about the experience. ...

Anticipating the Golden Globes: One High Tea and Two Lunches

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

When a fan tells him she's tongue tied, Martin Scorsese becomes wildly animated: "Why? You don't need to be. It's just me," and gives her a hug. You c...

What Philomena Is Really About

Bryan Appleyard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Bryan Appleyard

Don't take any notice of people who tell you that Philomena is a polemic against the Catholic church or an anti-religous diatribe. What it's really about is the remarkable renewal of this extraordinary woman Philomena Lee's faith.

Dench and Coogan in Philomena: Not Too Sappy, Not Too Harsh

Caryn James | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Caryn James

If you're going to tell a heart-warming story about a sweet, wronged little old lady, it helps -- even if she is played by Judi Dench -- to have a hard-nosed, mordantly witty, cynical journalist along to offset the sugar quotient. That is the brilliant strategy behind the warm, lovely Philomena.

Movie Review: Philomena

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.

The Extraordinary Story of an Extraordinary Woman

Judi Dench | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Judi Dench

To me it is astounding that Philomena Lee still has her strong religious belief even after everything that was done to her. She questions things and is very open in speaking about her experiences, but her faith is unshakeable -- as strong as it always was.