Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yes, Virginia, There Really Was A Florence Foster Jenkins

The story behind the story of "Florence Foster Jenkins."
Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount)
Florence Foster Jenkins’ story sounds as believable as Santa Claus, but it’s true. Carnegie Hall says that of all archival concert programs the hall has in its history, the one that is asked for most is for Florence’s music, a legendary singer said to be so bad that she could be the worst singer in history.

“In order for a singer to succeed, they need to have a combination of talent, charisma, and interpretive quality. And, by definition, they need to be able to sing. Florence Foster Jenkins had none of these attributes,” states Carnegie Hall’s website about the star of the most often requested archival concert program performance. But Jenkins was very real.

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