Inspired by a true story of a strong woman, the new movie ‘Joy’ stars Jennifer Lawrence in the story of a single mum who became a self-made millionaire after inventing her own miracle that saved her family.

Joy jennifer lawerance. getty images.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the new movie to be released in January.  Image source: Getty Images

Joy Mangano on whom the movie is based is now 59 and living in a mansion in New York.  Her invention, the Miracle Mop – a self-wringing contraption that made the work of mopping so much easier, was developed from her personal frustration as a divorced mum trying to keep her house clean.  When Joy’s mop debuted on the QVC shopping channel in 1992, she sold a record-setting 18,000 mops in 20 minutes.

From the outset the story may seem a little tame – but Joy as an individual and character basis is far from it.  Her real life story and background to the movie, is one of hardwork and determination.

Gaining her business administration degree in 1978, Joy worked various jobs and married Anthony Mirane, who whom she had three children.  When the marriage broke up, Joy took a great risk and poured $US100,000 into her self-wringing mop invention.

Draining savings and taking out various loans, she started small – selling directly to local boat owners.  

“’As single-mom female inventor, there was no path for that, so really I don’t think people took me seriously for a really long time,’ Joy told People Magazine,  I was always creating something….I had no support system, and it was scary,”

After non-stop work, Joy eventually got her ‘big break’ when she connected with QVC, a company that sold home-shopping items only through celebrity salespeople like Joan Rivers.

“She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” said an executive. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.”

Sales skyrocketed, with Joy selling 18000 mops within the first 20 minutes, and Joys career as a QVC pitchwoman and inventor was launched. She later moved to the Home Shopping Network, and, in 1999, she sold her company to HSN, staying on as its president.

Joy is now worth an estimated $50 million and has invented over 100 products.  This story is one that needs to be told for all the dreamers, inventors and hard-workers out there.

Check out the trailer for “Joy” below, due to be released on January 7th 2016 in Australia.

Main image courtesy of Getty

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  • Its a great movie that gives heart to all those women and men out there who believe they have a great idea too. Great lady and I enjoyed Jennifer’s performance too.


  • Sounds like a great movie cannot wait to see it


  • Sounds like an amazing story.


  • Can’t wait to see this amazing true story!


  • movies are so much better if they are somewhat true. this lady has been an entreprenuer and has acheived a lot. She is relateable as well and i think that fact helps her success especially seeing how they market her as a mum who made her own solution.
    (sorry for my spelling here)


  • Sounds good. Can’t wait to see it


  • what a brilliant story,read it and got goose bumps.Made ne think that women should and I feel will be ore inventive. At products for home and other devices which are still basically for women to use more efficently in and around their homes ,families and lives. Personally I too think kitchen items like fridges, washers and stoves should have less groves and nooks and cranies that collect dust and grime and are hard to access to keep clean, even door handles!,just thoughts that I have had when cleaning. Will definatly look out for move, I am impressed with the mop idea. Cingratulations, and great ou published it. Like women artists for instance until now their work was not seen asart,unfortunatly it i was and still is a mans world. Mainly because hey have more independance and finance and have been seen as ‘authority figure’ not having a go at men, just they have more time and oppertunity and finace available to follow their creativity. My congratulations and glad to read this article thank you Julia


  • I am keen to see this movie – the trailer looks good.


  • I am looking forward to seeing Joy, not only for the great cast, but also for a fabulous story.


  • I admire people who have drive and commitment, and especially those who create and invent. They deserve all the good things that come their way.


  • What a great story. I love inspirational movies especially when based on true stories.


  • It looks good! I don’t think I will see it at the movies, but I will surely try to watch it when it’s released on dvd.


  • Such a simple idea that became life changing. Excellent sounding movie.


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