The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Character: Dortha Schaefer
Directed by: Jane Anderson
Written by: Jane Anderson
Produced by: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Other cast: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson
Release date: June 1, 2007 (Spain)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running time: 1h 39min

Evelyn Ryan suffers in her marriage to Kelly, a slovenly alcoholic whose only consistent quality is his utter lack of respect for her. As Evelyn struggles to make ends meet and care for their 10 children, she begins to turn to contests as a source of entertainment and much-needed income. To the amazement of her friends and family, Evelyn's quick wit leads her to pen prizewinning amateur jingles and one-liners for products all across the spectrum.


→ The true story of how a mother raised ten kids on twenty-five words or less.


Laura Dern was pregnant during filming.