“Gracie’s Choice” is a true-story movie based on the case of Amy Lee Waldroop and her mother Jan Waldroop. The movie first premiered on Lifetime. The names were changed in the movie. It stars Anne Heche and Kristen Bell.
“Gracie’s Choice” is about a young teen who seeks custody of her siblings when the state threatens to tear them apart.
The real story happened in the early 1990s in California. According to Traciy Curry-Reyes, Amy Lee Waldroop, also known as Amy Lee Taylor, lived in Anaheim, CA, with her mother and brothers. Their mother was unstable and on drugs. As a result, the children lived a chaotic life.
Neighbors and school officials began to notice that the children were being neglected and the state moved in to take custody of the children.
Amy Waldroop asked the judge for custody. The judge, who was impressed with the teen, encouraged her to try when she was 18 years old.
According to Reader’s Digest, Amy cooked, cleaned and provided a stable home environment for the kids. It was a big task for her because her siblings did not want to listen to her since they knew she was not their mother. The brothers eventually came to respect her as their sole provider.
In 1999, the judge terminated the parental rights of Jan Waldroop and the boys different fathers. Amy was able to fully adopt her siblings.
Amy Waldroop’s story was told in the Reader’s Digest article “Amy’s Choice” in 2000.
Where are they today?
As of 2010, they were all still living in the Anaheim area. The mother, Jan Waldroop, was arrested in February of 2013. The boys from youngest to oldest are: Adam, Joey and Tony. The oldest is close to 30 now.
Amy has had a son of her own.
The movie, which was inspired by the article, continues to air on Lifetime.
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