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Woman behind Philomena film meets Pope

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:38 AM
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Philomena Lee, whose life was featured in the Oscar Best Picture nominated film Philomena, arrives at the 25th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, California on Jan 19, 2014. Ms Lee, an Irishwoman whose story of her son being taken away from her by a Catholic institution was turned into the movie Philomena, on Wednesday met the pope, Italian media reported. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Philomena Lee, an Irishwoman whose story of her son being taken away from her by a Catholic institution was turned into the movie Philomena, on Wednesday met the pope, Italian media reported.

Ms Lee, 80, was accompanied to the audience in Saint Peter's Square by her daughter and Steve Coogan, the British actor who co-stars in and produced the film.

Philomena, which has Judi Dench in the starring role, was warmly received at the last Venice film festival and is in the running for the Best Picture award at this year's Oscars.

It tells how, in 1952, as a pregnant teenager seen as a "fallen woman" in deeply Catholic Ireland, she went to a convent to give birth to her son Anthony, who was then taken to be adopted by an American couple.

 
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