'Temple Grandin' wins big at Emmys. But who is she?


Who is Temple Grandin? Her name was called out seven times at last night's Emmy Awards, where the rancher-attired Grandin herself was a palpable presence, 'in the L.A. Times' words, 'at one point, rising and excitedly swinging her hand lasso style from the audience.' Grandin was there, of course, as part of the HBO movie named after her, in which she was played by the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie-winning Claire Danes.


Born in 1947, Grandin was diagnosed as autistic at a young age due to her inability to speak or function socially like other children. As an adult, Grandin became a renowned public advocate for those born on the autistic spectrum. Her high-functioning autism ultimately allowed her to earn a doctorate in animal science, become a university professor, and pen an autobiography about her experiences. She has also made notable contributions to the ethical treatment of livestock. Grandin, who believes that her autism helps gives her insight into the feelings of farm creatures, famously designed more humane corrals for cows headed for slaughter.


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