Meryl Streep explains the fascination with Florence Foster Jenkins / WQXR
In 1944 at the age of 76, Foster Jenkins sold out Carnegie Hall - more than 2,000 people were turned away from the door - with a recital of opera arias that she performed off key. This Friday, Florence Foster Jenkins, a Paramount Pictures, Pathé and BBC Films film about a tone-deaf opera singer starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, opens. WQXR host Elliott Forrest sat down with both stars prior to opening day to discuss our endless fascination with this peculiar figure as well as her partner and manager, St. Clair Bayfield.
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