Dire Diva of Din

People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.                                        —Florence Foster Jenkins Who was Florence Foster Jenkins, subject of the recent film starring Meryl Streep? Between 1919 and 1940, Florence Foster Jenkins attracted a devoted group of the social elite of New York to her rare concerts and fundraisers, including such opera luminaries as Caruso, who said he loved her. But as the journalist and poet Fergus Gwynplaine MacIntyre wrote: At private recitals, she usually donned her Angel of Inspiration costume, a tulle gown and a tinsel tiara buttressed with a pair of…

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