I first learned of Florence Foster Jenkins over 50 years ago when a kindly, elderly librarian recommend the 1954 10" LP to me (She knew my sense of humour and pathos. ) I was too poor to buy records and was allowed to check them out of the local University City Public Library (c.1969). I was eleven and eager to discover everything about the world that came before.
Yes, I got a great kick out of the records and still enjoy them.
But, then I learned that Florence Foster Jenkins sold a LOT of war bonds, made and donated a LOT of money to worthy charities.
This wise librarian told me that she had seen Mme. Jenkins and was never again so entertained.
She also told me that Mme. Jenkins KNEW exactly what her audience thought, but continued the concerts because of the money she could raise for her charities.
I guess you will never know for sure.
However, I am but ONE degree of separation from Mme. Jenkins and I choose to believe that she knowingly discarded her dreams and gave her life for others.
Florence Foster Jenkins remains the highest example of courage, decency, generosity and true Christian spirit that I can describe.
When you can sell out a 2500 seat venue faster than Frank Sinatra in 1944, obtain 20 times the ticket price as Sinatra, and then give it all to worthy charities, you have become a Great Personage.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a Great Personage.
BTW: Florence Foster Jenkins was a FAR better singer than depicted in this ciné film. Her errors of pitch were a tad more subtle and far more brilliant in their humour..
Not withstanding, Ms. Streep afforded us a magic performance. Hugh Grant, blew me away with his transformation into the character.
I only wish the film spent more time describing the all the Good Florence Foster Jenkins accomplished through her rare talent.
Talent is not always what you want it to be. I suppose this is why clowns are known to cry whilst they make us laugh and feel better. —E.g., Jack Benny, off-stage, had to wear leg braces of the type that FDR wore because of the 50+ years of prat falls Mr. Benny suffered to amuse us. Mr. Benny was in constant pain. Lionel Barrymore had R.A. He eventually needed to perform in a real wheel chair, and suffered pain anguish unknown to mere mortals. Even today, steroids may initially seem to work better, but ultimately cause far more pain and a shorter life than morphia. So much for "Her Döktor" Trump.
I recommend the ciné film, "On Borrowed Time", starring Lionel Barrymore. Enjoy.
God Bless The Clowns.