Philomena Lee was honoured by the mayor of Los Angeles for her work in the field of adoption rights.
Lee's true story was the inspiration for Steve Coogan and Judi Dench's hit film Philomena and while the film has been receiving much acclaim, the mayor of LA decided to honour the woman herself.
Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement saying, "I am proud to welcome Ms. Philomena Lee to Los Angeles. I am inspired by her story. We hope that this recognition helps in some way to raise awareness of the issue of forced adoptions and to shine a light on the past to open the way for the healing of so many mothers and their lost children."
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times Lee said, "Just a few weeks ago, I was just an ordinary housewife. And then all of a sudden, this has just snowballed. I'm coping with it as much I can."
Just a week ago Coogan and Lee met with Pope Francis in Rome as part of a press conference to urge Catholic Church officials in Ireland to release their adoption files.
Philomena is nominated in four categories at this year's Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress for Judi Dench.