This biographical musical follows the extraordinary life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy heiress who wholeheartedly pursued her love for music by singing at public concerts, despite her lack of ability.
Soulful and insightful, this musical biography traces the trials and triumphs in the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a successful American celebrity.
Florence Foster Jenkins was an exceptionally talented pianist who wished to travel abroad and pursue a career in music, but her wealthy father threatened to cut her off financially. When an illness injured the nerves in her left hand and made her unable to play the piano, she turned to singing despite the lack of ability.
She ran away from home with Dr Frank Thornton Jenkins but their marriage was short lived. After the death of her father, she was bestowed with a comfortable inheritance that gave her the ability to pursue her music once more.
At a lonely time in her life, she met British Shakespearean actor St. Clair Bayfield not long after permanently moving to New York to live with her mother. Bayfield supported her efforts to make public appearances as a singer, and despite gaining a reputation of being a poor signal, Florence died peacefully with the joy of having lived completely and fulfilling her passion for music to the best extent possible.
Factual Mistake Cole Porter walks into Carnegie Hall unassisted but in reality he was crippled after a horseback riding accident in 1937.
Continuity After a weekend of golf, St. Clair and Kathleen are in a restaurant. St. Clair holds a cigarette in his left hand. The cigarette moves from his lap to close to his face, and back to his lap.
Factual Mistake While the film is set in the fall of 1944, a taxi cab is clearly shown to have a 1942 New York license plate.
Factual Mistake A few scenes in alleyways include nightclub posters. At least one refers to BeBop, which was still experimental during the war years.
Factual Mistake In several scenes, a 1949 Packard is parked on the street but due to wartime production stoppages, the newest cars in 1944 were 1942 models
Factual Mistake The grand piano shown during the final recital in Carnegie Hall is a Model D Steinway piano which has a modern Steinway & Sons logo, of which the first version wasn't introduced until late 1950s
The 2015 French feature film 'Marguerite', directed by Xavier Giannoli starring Catherine Frot in the lead role, was actually inspired by Jenkins's life and career.
David Bowie had treasured Florence Foster Jenkins' original recording in his record collection.
Costume designer Consolata Boyle had to add a few pounds of padding to layer Streep's slight frame in order to recreate Jenkins' more matronly look.
The original Jenkins had created all her own outfits, inspired by the style of "a Mexican señorita" and the 18th-century ball gowns.
Meryl Streep sings in her original voice and Simon Helberg plays the piano originally
Hugh Grant had already planned to retire when director Stephen Frears approached him and convinced him to star in the film
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