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* TragicDream: Played straight and player for laughs by virtue of the person for whom it was supposed to be impossible and tragic only maybe recognizes it ''after having achieved it.'' While normally Florence's dream to be a recognized opera singer would be a tragic dream given how tone deaf she is, the combination of her money, musical connections, husband willing to maintain a {{Masquerade}}, and her all-around good nature and large network of friends and allies made it possible for her to sing opera at Carnegie Hall ''and get cheered for it'', all while believing the lie. The movie ends with [[spoiler: her finding out about a negative review from the offhand comments of two fans, reads it, collapses, and dies a month later-- but dies dreaming of her memories of the time at Carnegie hall, singing with the voice of a talented opera singer, how she perceived herself.]] In the end, she ''did'' accomplish her dream.


''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 {{biopic}}/{{dramedy}} film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the title role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep). Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.

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''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 {{biopic}}/{{dramedy}} film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the title role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep).

Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.


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''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 dramedy film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the title role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep). Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.

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''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 dramedy {{biopic}}/{{dramedy}} film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the title role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep). Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.


''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 dramedy film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the titular role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep). Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.

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''Florence Foster Jenkins'' is a 2016 dramedy film directed by Creator/StephenFrears. Creator/MerylStreep stars in the titular title role, alongside Creator/HughGrant (who came out of retirement just to work with Streep). Based on a true story that's stranger than fiction, it tells the story of Madam Florence - an American socialite who had a great love of music. She was a gifted pianist in her youth, but a nasty bout of syphilis (and/or the only treatment options at the time[[note]]neurotoxic heavy metals, namely mercury and arsenic[[/note]]) permanently damaged her hands. So she turned to singing instead.


* BaldWomen: Florence is bald as a result of her syphilis, and wears a wig, draws on eyebrows, and wears false eyelashes.

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* BaldWomen: Florence is bald as a result of her syphilis, syphilis and the treatments of mercury and arsenic, and wears a wig, draws on eyebrows, and wears false eyelashes.


* HollywoodToneDeaf: Florence is a straight example and this is TruthInTelevision. Partly for this reason, many assumed she was intentionally parodying bad opera singers. Played absolutely straight by Creator/MerylStreep, whose performance is ''uncannily'' like Florence's actual voice. (One of her original recordings can be heard over the end credits for easy comparison.)

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* HollywoodToneDeaf: Florence is a straight example and this is TruthInTelevision. Partly for this reason, many [[PoesLaw assumed she was intentionally parodying parodying]] bad opera singers. Played absolutely straight by Creator/MerylStreep, whose performance may sound comically exaggerated but is in fact ''uncannily'' like Florence's actual voice. (One of her original recordings can be heard over the end credits for easy comparison.)

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* SocialEngineering: Cosme nails his audition by noticing that Florence reacts badly to the loud bombastic performers who played before him. He shrewdly plays a gentle nocturne which charms Florence, then seals the deal by [[BlatantLies remarking]] that he happens to know that the other pianists waiting outside are "all rather heavy-handed, I'm afraid." The other candidates are furious but Cosme lands the gig.

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* SexlessMarriage: St. Clair and Florence, due to her not wanting to give him her syphilis.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: She is a patron of the famed conductor Arturo Toscanini. [[Music/ColePorter Cole Porter]] and actress Tallulah Bankhead are among the audience at Carnegie Hall. A concert by soprano Lily Pons earlier in the film also was what inspired Florence to restart her singing lessons.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: She is a patron of the famed conductor Arturo Toscanini. [[Music/ColePorter Cole Porter]] Music/ColePorter and actress Tallulah Bankhead Creator/TallulahBankhead are among the audience at Carnegie Hall. A concert by soprano Lily Pons earlier in the film also was what inspired Florence to restart her singing lessons.



* HistoricalInJoke: In real life, Tallulah Bankhead had to be carried out of Carnegie Hall as she uncontrollably laughed hysterically, as Agnes Stark does during a recital early in the film.

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* HistoricalInJoke: In real life, Tallulah Bankhead Creator/TallulahBankhead had to be carried out of Carnegie Hall as she uncontrollably laughed hysterically, as Agnes Stark does during a recital early in the film.

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* NotSoDifferent: St. Claire's hammy acting in the first scene is recalled when he admits before the Carnegie Hall performance he'd always wanted to be a great actor, but when he realized he'd never be one, it freed him -- and that Cosmo should let his songwriting inability (though in the film it's an InformedFlaw) do the same.


* AdaptationDeviation: [[spoiler:The real Jenkins died of a heart attack two days after her Carnegie performance, and was not due to the shock of reading a bad review.]]

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* AdaptationDeviation: [[spoiler:The real Jenkins died of suffered a heart attack two days after her Carnegie performance, performance and died a month later. It was not due to the shock of reading a bad review.]]


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* HistoricalInJoke: In real life, Tallulah Bankhead had to be carried out of Carnegie Hall as she uncontrollably laughed hysterically, as Agnes Stark does during a recital early in the film.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[ColePorter Cole Porter]] and actress Tallulah Bankhead are among the audience at Carnegie Hall. A concert by soprano Lily Pons earlier in the film also was what inspired Florence to restart her singing lessons.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[ColePorter She is a patron of the famed conductor Arturo Toscanini. [[Music/ColePorter Cole Porter]] and actress Tallulah Bankhead are among the audience at Carnegie Hall. A concert by soprano Lily Pons earlier in the film also was what inspired Florence to restart her singing lessons.

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* ImagineSpot: [[spoiler:Jenkins dies imagining her singing with Lily Pons' voice.]]

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* AdaptationDeviation: [[spoiler:The real Jenkins died of a heart attack two days after her Carnegie performance, and was not due to the shock of reading a bad review.]]


* FamousLastWords: "People may say I ''can't'' sing, but no one can ever say I ''didn't'' sing."

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* FamousLastWords: "People may say I ''can't'' ''couldn't'' sing, but no one can ever say I ''didn't'' sing."



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The two soldiers who sincerely congratulate Florence on her performance, telling her she has "a remarkable gift for comedy", clearly thinking that she was intentionally singing poorly so as to amuse the audience. She's already perplexed, even moreso when they tell her "That hack from the ''Post'' doesn't know what he's talking about." She goes to find a copy of the paper, reads the bad review, and collapses.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The two soldiers who sincerely congratulate Florence on her performance, telling her she has "a remarkable gift for comedy", "an enormous comedic talent", clearly thinking that she was intentionally singing poorly so as to amuse the audience. She's already perplexed, even moreso when they tell her "That hack from the ''Post'' doesn't know what he's talking about." She goes to find a copy of the paper, reads the bad review, and collapses.

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