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Florence Foster Jenkins

1868 - 1944

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Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who became known, and mocked, for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. Stephen Pile ranked her "the world's worst opera singer ... No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation."Despite – or perhaps because of – her technical incompetence she became a prominent musical cult-figure in New York City during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Florence Foster Jenkins has received more than 7,579,961 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Florence Foster Jenkins is the 77th most popular singer (down from 72nd in 2019), the 507th most popular biography from United States (up from 542nd in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Singer.

Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York heiress who became famous for her lack of musical talent. She was known for singing songs with a terrible voice to audiences who were too polite to tell her she was terrible.

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Among singers, Florence Foster Jenkins ranks 77 out of 3,528Before her are Kate Bush, Marianne Faithfull, Karel Gott, Glen Campbell, Prince, and Bonnie Tyler. After her are Anna Magdalena Bach, Marie Fredriksson, Miriam Makeba, Fairuz, Rihanna, and Steven Tyler.

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Among people born in 1868, Florence Foster Jenkins ranks 19Before her are Arnold Sommerfeld, Peter Behrens, Robert Falcon Scott, Gertrude Bell, Fuad I of Egypt, and Gaston Leroux. After her are Paul Claudel, Theodore William Richards, Dietrich Eckart, Gustav Meyrink, Vittorio Monti, and Felix Hoffmann. Among people deceased in 1944, Florence Foster Jenkins ranks 25Before her are Michael Wittmann, Galeazzo Ciano, Friedrich Olbricht, Chūichi Nagumo, Ernst Thälmann, and Milena Jesenská. After her are Charles Glover Barkla, Nikolai Vatutin, Henning von Tresckow, Erwin von Witzleben, Glenn Miller, and Louis Renault.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Florence Foster Jenkins ranks 507 out of 18,182Before her are Harriet Tubman (1820), Paul Simon (1941), Elinor Ostrom (1933), Melvin Calvin (1911), Ruth Benedict (1887), and Immanuel Wallerstein (1930). After her are John Kerry (1943), Robert Mitchum (1917), Leonard Nimoy (1931), Romina Power (1951), John Malkovich (1953), and Allen Ginsberg (1926).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Florence Foster Jenkins ranks 31Before her are Stevie Wonder (1950), Eminem (1972), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), Diana Ross (1944), Glen Campbell (1936), and Prince (1958). After her are Steven Tyler (1948), Gwen Stefani (1969), Art Garfunkel (1941), Meat Loaf (1947), Gloria Gaynor (1947), and Donna Summer (1948).