Oscar winner Meryl Streep plays the title role of "Florence Foster Jenkins."
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When opera lovers ask New York's Carnegie Hall for souvenir concert programs, they're not usually interested in Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland. More often than not, the name they request is Florence Foster Jenkins, an American socialite who only appeared at the legendary venue once, and couldn't hold a note. Jenkins, who craved fame as a diva but gained infamy for her terrible voice, is the subject of "Florence Foster Jenkins," a bittersweet biopic starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The concert went as poorly as had every other recital, but this time Jenkins was not among friends.Grant was in semiretirement when he was asked to play Bayfield.Grant spent a year researching Bayfield's diaries and letters, and believes the historical figure may have been more straightforward, and less bright, than the character he ended up portraying.
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