For comparison, you can watch the real “Singing Nun” herself in the clip below, from 1963.
Jeanine Deckers, meantime, wasn’t that thrilled with the movie, reportedly rejecting it as “fiction.” (Deckers herself had a troubled life in the years after her early success—leaving her order, suffering a breakdown and finally taking her own life in 1985.)
The movie remains an interesting chapter in Reynolds’ career—and one that helped nudge Catholicism into the popular culture at a pivotal moment in the Church’s history.
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