Gladys Aylward, the little woman, and China’s Inn of The Sixth Happiness – or more accurately, the Inn of the Eight Happinesses


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Gladys Aylward, the little woman, and China’s Inn of The Sixth Happiness – or, more accurately, the Inn of the Eight Happinesses

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The Inn of The Sixth Happiness - which gives a distorted account of Gladys Aylward's life The Inn of The Sixth Happiness – which gives a distorted account of Gladys Aylward’s life

The Inn of The Sixth Happiness - Gladys Aylward was no Ingrid Bergman The Inn of The Sixth Happiness – Gladys Aylward was no Ingrid Bergman

Gladys Aylward with her orphans Gladys Aylward with some of her converts  and Muleteers praying over Jeannie Lawson’s coffin.

Gladys Aylward with her orphans - fleeing from the Japanese army Gladys Aylward with her orphans – fleeing from the Japanese army

Gladys Aylward with her orphans - fleeing from the Japanese army Gladys Aylward with her orphans – fleeing from the Japanese army

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There is a lovely movie, staring Ingrid Bergman, called “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.” Made in 1958 it celebrates the remarkable life of a petite woman, born in 1902 in Edwardian England, called Gladys Aylward. It’s a charming film but on recently reading a biography of Miss Aylward I realised that the Hollywood make-over…

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