The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Character: Evelyn Ryan
Directed by: Jane Anderson
Written by: Jane Anderson
Produced by: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Other cast: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern
Release date: October 14, 2005
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.

Taglines

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

Character’s Quotes

• I don’t need you to make me happy. I just need you to leave me alone when I am.
• [to her daughter Tuff] You have a wonderful mind and a beautiful heart.