Jennifer Lawrence May Play the Miracle Mop Lady in a Fascinating Biopic Directed by David O. Russell
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Jennifer Lawrence May Play the Miracle Mop Lady in a Fascinating Biopic Directed by David O. Russell

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 31, 2014 | Comments ()


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.

Source: Deadline

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  • rio

    David O. Russel is going to ruin Jennifer Lawrence, he will suck all genuinely from her acting and before we know it, she'll leave her french partner, dye her hair blond and start dating a woman half her age.

  • John W

    Hey maybe they should make a sequel to twelve years a slave: The Hunger Game years.

  • Melymori

    I read somewhere that THG wrapped up yesterday, so unless they have to make major reshoots that won't be a problem until semptember when they have to start making press for the third movie.

  • Brad Weaver

    Nope, they have an entire additional round to film for Mockingjay part 2 that starts in March and runs through the Spring and early Summer. She'll have post-work, voiceover, and re-shoots throughout the year as well since it's such an FX heavy film.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I don't mind this casting. But I would love to see the very underused Nancy Walls in this part.

  • chanohack

    So you're saying mop lady is super charismatic and charming, yes? Why wouldn't they want my girlfriend Jennifer to play her?

  • BWeaves

    Yeah? What's the problem? 1980 was 34 years ago. Lawrence is about the right age to play the women before and right after her invention. And she kinda looks like her. And Hunger Games doesn't film 365 days a year and they will run out of books to film.

  • ERM 275

    I think it is kind of silly. She is going to be playing someone who was, at the time, in her 30s with 3 kids.

  • carrie

    like usual when she casted in a DOR music!

  • iamuhura

    I think it'd be nice to see an older actor get the chance for this part. Lord knows we always complain about their not being enough parts for older women in Hollywood.

  • I don't think this post was being negative about the casting. It just seems like another trade news piece, really. If anything, showing the pictures kinda highlights how good a match it is.

    The only thing negative in it was the dig at Russell' stupid ass comment.

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