‘The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 14, 2006

There was a new movie starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson that was supposed to come out last fall called The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. It was about a 1950s housewife who raised 10 children by winning contests. I checked everywhere but it seems it was never released. What happened?
—Tom Munoz, Ridgecrest, Calif.

The movie is based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan and how she resourcefully managed to furnish her home and keep her household running with products won by writing prize-winning advertising jingles. Released in September 2005, it wasn't a big box-office draw and disappeared from theaters very quickly. It's now available on DVD.