temple grandin claire danes gi 320 'Temple Grandin' wins 5 Emmys: Who is she?HBO is the big winner of the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with a total of 25, and original movie “Temple Grandin” surprised many by winning seven of those Emmys.

On Sunday’s (Aug. 29) telecast, the film won five awards in major categories: Best made for TV movie, best directing for a miniseries/movie and acting awards for Claire Danes, Julia Ormond and David Strathairn.

Viewers at home, however, were scratching their heads. Who or what is a Temple Grandin?

Grandin was born in 1947, when autism was less well understood than it is today. Although doctors claimed she would never speak or function normally, her mother Eustacia was instrumental in teaching her to speak and socialize till Temple was able to go to school. She was always drawn to animals, believing that her autism helped her see the world through their eyes.

This lead to her interest in animal science, in which she received a doctorate, and her invention of new devices and new slaughterhouse designs for the humane treatment of livestock. She’s become a university professor, is an advocate for understanding autism and has penned several books including “Thinking in Pictures,” “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human.”

In person, Grandin demonstrates great humor, winning over many of the television critics at the winter press tour in January. She has a penchant for wearing Western-style attire.

In the film, Danes plays Grandin, Ormond plays her mother Eustacia and Strathairn the kindly Professor Carlock. Here’s a trailer for the film, which premiered in February. HBO doesn’t list many more airdates, but the film is currently available on DVD.

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Posted by:Hanh Nguyen