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Sunday 2 October 2016

FILM 1573: JOY

TRIVIA: Joan Rivers is portrayed in this film by her real life daughter Melissa Rivers.

Despite earlier reports, this movie is not a biography of Joy Mangano. Annie Mumolo's original script was based on Mangano, an Italian-American inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. She is the president of Ingenious Designs, appears regularly on US television shopping channel HSN, and holds more than 100 patents. When David O. Russell came onto the project, he added many more supporting characters and interwove Mangano's original biography with stories of other women changing their lives. Russell admitted he was in no hurry to meet Mangano in real life during filming because he wanted to make the movie his own way. He only spoke to Mangano on the phone. Joy's last name is never mentioned in the film, and she is not a native of Smithtown, NY, on Long Island's north shore.

The fourth collaboration between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. They previously starred together in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), and Serena (2014).

Except for Neil Walker, none of the principals' last names are ever stated.

Isabella Rossellini and Diane Ladd co-star in this film and also co-starred in Wild at Heart.

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