The Old Gold and Black: Blind Side family member shares her heartwarming story

September 22nd, 2011

Blind Side family member shares her heartwarming story

September 22, 2011

By Leigh Maiden, Contributing writer

When Collins Tuohy finally stepped on stage at 10 minutes past 9 p.m. — wearing six-inch pumps and a striking dress — my first impression was sealed with thoughts of a ditsy southern belle that happened to have a legendary football star for a brother.


Madeline Baker \ Old Gold & Black
In the next half hour, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the easy flow of Tuohy’s discourse and the sincerity behind her message. 

The Tuohy family has gained a sizeable measure of fame after the movie The Blind Side topped box offices in 2008, winning Sandra Bullock the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.

The film itself, which tells the story of the wealthy, white Tuohy family and their adoption of a homeless African-American boy, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  

Tuohy began her talk by clarifying fact and fiction in the movie. Although the movie was found to be about 97 percent accurate, Tuohy emphasized the fact that there are certain inaccuracies in the film.

First, the young Ms. Tuohy humorously insisted that her mother was not nearly as nice as the movie depicted.

She then went on to describe the scene in which the family sees Michael walking alongside a main road wearing shorts and a T-shirt on a freezing Thanksgiving afternoon.

Tuohy explained that although they did pick Michael up that day, they in fact brought him to a bus stop so that he could return home and did not actually take him back for a Thanksgiving dinner. Read More…