Happy Mother's Day
26m 3s | Biographical
September 23, 1963 was a happy mother’s day for Mary Ann Fischer when she gave birth to quintuplets in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Only the third such recorded delivery, the Fischers made medical history in small town America. What better ingredients for a great story? Everyone thought so, including the Saturday Evening Post, which hired Richard Leacock to document the momentous events. Leacock brought Joyce Chopra on board and the two traveled to Aberdeen when the babies were just two weeks old. The ensuing film caused controversy, as what was meant to be a celebratory look at a happy family, turned into a portrayal of a town shamelessly exploiting a woman and her babies to gain money, fame and tourism.