Jennifer Lawrence May Play the Miracle Mop Lady in a Fascinating Biopic Directed by David O. Russell
Joy Mangano spent much of the 1980s raising three kids by herself while working odd jobs as a waitress and an airline reservation manager. But she was also working on inventions. Her first major invention came in 1990, when she developed the prototype for the Miracle Mop, a robust plastic mop with head made from a continuous loop of 300 feet of cotton that can be easily wrung out without getting your hands wet. She sold it locally around Long Island. QVC also began selling it, but with only modest success, until the network allowed Mangano to go on the air and sell it herself.
She sold 18,000 units in 20 minutes.
A decade later, she was selling $10 million in Miracle Mops a year. Later, she invented the Huggable Hangers — velvety-flocked no-slip hangers whose thin profile conserve closet space — which would become the biggest selling product in the history of HSN, selling 300 million units. Now she sells $150 million in product a year for HSN, and is capable of $1 million in sales in one hour.
This is what she looks like.
This is who David O. Russell wants to play her in a film about her life written by Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumulo.
The one catch is this: Scheduling would have to work around the Hunger Games franchise, which — as Russell has explained with a very poor choice of words — has held her captive like a slave.