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Born: August 15, 1990
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Born: February 15, 1956
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, USA
Born: January 5, 1975
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Cooper's character is likely a composite of Segel and other QVC executives
Born: March 25, 1977
San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
Born: October 15, 1954
Birthplace: New York, USA
Born: September 11, 1961
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Terry "Toots" Mangano
Madsen's character was not directly based on Toots.
Aundrea Gadsby & Gia Gadsby (twin actors)
Born: May 19
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Tomas Elizondo & Zeke Elizondo (twin actors)
Born: July 30
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Born: January 20, 1968
New York City, New York, USA
Born: June 8, 1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Death: September 4, 2014, East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (surgery complications)
Though it's never mentioned by name in the movie (it is quickly shown on a TV screen graphic during the mop's initial unsuccessful QVC appearance), the real Joy Mangano invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop, which was her first success. The Joy true story reveals that she possesses more than 100 patents and trademarks for her inventions, which also include the velvet-covered Huggable Hangers (designed to prevent clothes from slipping onto the floor) and My Little Steamer (a handheld device for smoothing out wrinkles). She is the founder and president of Ingenious Designs, LLC, and as of 2010, her inventions were bringing in roughly $150 million in annual sales via HSN. -Investors.com
During his initial phone conversations with the real Joy Mangano, Director David O. Russell was up front and told her that the film was "not going to be a biopic." Instead, he explained to her that it was going to be "half-fiction." Mangano gave her approval and is credited as an executive producer, though her last name is never used in the movie. O. Russell didn't meet with her in person until the very end. "I wasn't in a hurry because I wanted to create what I wanted to create," he explained (Deadline.com). Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays Mangano in the movie, told The Late Show host Stephen Colbert that she didn't want the "burden" of having to portray a real person. However, she stated that "the craziest stuff in the story is true."
In researching the Joy true story, we learned that Mangano was 34 when she developed the prototype for the Miracle Mop in 1990, the same year actress Jennifer Lawrence was born.
Yes, but like in the movie, Joy appearing on the network to pitch it herself is what saved the day. She made her first appearance in 1992 and sold a whopping 18,000 units in less than 30 minutes. In under a decade, the mops were raking in $10 million a year in sales. During that time, she added more inventions to the lineup, including Forever Fragrant air freshener products, Huggable Hangers, and Performance Platforms shoes. -Biography.com
No, at least not directly. Virginia Madsen's offbeat character, Terry, was not inspired by the mother of the real Joy Mangano. She is instead a composite of several people in Mangano's life.
Not directly, but Mimi is said to capture her spirit. "Some of us are fortunate enough to have somebody that believes in us, even before we're able to believe in ourselves," says Mangano. "For me personally, it was my grandmother Mimi, who saw something special in me from when I was a young girl, and inspired me."
Like in the Joy movie, the real Mangano was born in New York and grew up in the town of Huntington on Long Island. Today, the multimillionaire mogul lives in a Long Island mansion named Swan Manor. Despite the movie being set on Long Island, it was actually filmed in Boston, Massachusetts and other nearby Massachusetts towns (Wilmington, North Reading, Winchester, Haverhill).
Yes. The real Joy Mangano's father owned an auto body shop in the Deer Park community in Babylon, New York. He also ran a business that rented out airport shuttles and school buses. The real Joy Mangano began inventing at an early age, and like in the movie, she eventually used a small area of her father's shop to give birth to the Miracle Mop. -TIME.com
No. The real Mangano graduated with a degree in business administration from Pace University in 1978. After college, however, she did work in the reservations department of an airline, and prior to that, she worked as a waitress. -TIME.com
No. Joy's half-sister Peggy is entirely fictional and was created by writer/director David O. Russell. -VanityFair.com
In exploring the Joy true story, we discovered that at the time she invented the Miracle Mop, the real Joy Mangano was actually divorced and raising three children (not two), Robert, Jacqueline, and Christie Miranne. -Biography.com
Yes. Following her divorce from Tony Miranne in 1989, Joy Mangano lived with her three children in a two-bedroom ranch house in Smithtown, Long Island. As she struggled to make ends meet, she worked as a waitress and an airline-reservations manager. It was around this time that she came up with the idea for the Miracle Mop. -VanityFair.com
No. Joy's ex-husband, Tony Miranne (portrayed by Édgar Ramírez), was a fellow business student and former classmate at Pace University, not a Venezuelan singer. -Vogue
Yes. In the Joy movie, her best friend is Jackie (the name of Mangano's youngest daughter, who is not represented in the movie). In real life, her best friend's name is Ronnie, and she did call in to QVC during Mangano's first live appearance. -VanityFair.com
Yes. Joy's ex-husband, Tony Miranne, remains one of her best friends. He is even an executive vice president at Ingenious Designs, Joy's company. She says that "he was a great salesman" and that his position helps him to stay in close touch with their children, two of whom have active roles in the company. The other, Jackie Miranne, is a model and style correspondent for HSN and Us Weekly. -Vogue
Yes. Like at the end of the movie, Joy Mangano left QVC for HSN (formerly the Home Shopping Network) when HSN bought her company, Ingenious Designs LLC, in 1999. As implied in the movie, Joy has achieved monumental success at HSN, with hourly sales regularly exceeding $1 million. Her invention, Huggable Hangers, became the best-selling product in HSN history. -VanityFair.com
Further explore the Joy true story by watching a 1996 Miracle Mop infomercial featuring inventor Joy Mangano. Also view the Joy movie trailers.