Florence Foster Jenkins movie quotes tell the true story of the New York socialite who, despite her inability to sing well, pursued a dream to become an opera singer. The biological comedy-drama was written by Nicholas Martin and directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Meryl Streep as the title character, Florence Foster Jenkins opened in theaters in the United States on August 12, 2016.
In Florence Foster Jenkins, heiress Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) has always had a love for music and as a child was a piano prodigy. But an injury to her left hand later in life forced her to stop playing. So after an inheritance allowed her to pursue a singing career, Florence did just that.
With the support of her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) and the semi-support from the often critical pianist Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg) and maestro Carlo Edwards (David Haig), Florence set out to perform at her favorite place, Carnegie Hall. And despite her poor singing abilities, Florence gather quite the fan following of those who see past her lack of talent and are inspired by her courage, spirit and undying love of music.
Florence Foster Jenkins: Oh, I'm so excited! We're going to make a recording.
St. Clair Bayfield: Bravo!
Recording Engineer: Wonderful, darling. Might try another take.
Florence Foster Jenkins: Well I don't see why. That seemed perfect to me.
Florence is mightily excited to visit a recording studio to sing. So after her first take is praised, she sees no reason to waste time repeating her perfection.
Florence Foster Jenkins: When I was 16 years old, my father told me that if I didn't give up music, he'd cut me off. Of course he didn't understand. Music is my life.
Florence discusses how she's always been drawn to music. Many, her father included, tried to push her toward other activities, but her love for song remained.
Florence Foster Jenkins: You know, I played for the president when I was eight years old.
Cosmé McMoon: Really?
Florence Foster Jenkins: Yes, little miss Foster they called me. I had very high hopes of becoming a concert pianist but then when the nerves were damaged in my left hand, that was not to be.
A story from Florence's childhood shows one of the struggles she's faced in life. She wanted to be a pianist, and even played for the president, before medical conditions halted those dreams.
Florence Foster Jenkins: Maestro, do you think I'm ready for a concert?
Cosmé McMoon: I think Madame Florence might need more lessons.
St. Clair Bayfield: Please, my wife is ill. Singing is her dream. I'm going to give it to her. We have to help her because, without loyalty, there's nothing.
Florence wants nothing more than to perform for others and asks maestro Carlo if she's ready. Cosmé clearly thinks Florence is not prepared, but St. Clair explains that they need to support her dreams whether she has the talent for them or not.