In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent, Andre Cassell, who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Though Blake Edwards
' movies garnered quite a number of Oscar nominations over the years, prior to Edwards being awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2004 in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen, this film Victor Victoria
(1982) was the only ever movie that Edwards himself was nominated for an Academy Award, and it was for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more
The song Norma sings in the nightclub, "Chicago, Illinois," includes the line "maybe some day we'll have an airport." The movie is set in 1933. Midway Airport began operations in 1927 and by 1929 was considered "the world's busiest airport" with over 100,000 passengers annually. See more
I was the leading soprano for the Bath Touring Light Opera Company...
You're very athletic for a soprano.
That's because I had three brothers.
Oh, I know what you mean. I grew up with two older sisters.
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Lesley Ann Warren See more