Dear Coal Miner Daughter’s Fans,
Sunday was my 87th birthday—I can’t believe I’m 87, but I sure am having fun. I was just blown away by the amazing birthday party held over at Bridgestone and all the love these amazing stars gave me. It still feels like it was only a dream. I’ll tell you this, though, the one group of people I love more than all these stars is you—my fans. Truthfully, I’ve always considered my fans as my friends. I wouldn’t be anybody without you. You’ve stuck with me through thick and thin and that means the world to me. Last year’s stroke was tough on me, but my family, your love, and God’s help have seen me through. I’m so thankful to be feeling so much better and getting so much stronger. I look forward to being out there with my fans a little again soon.
I’m thankful for another year and I’m thankful for everyone of you!
If many of you remember correctly we published a nice article advertising her birthday bash at the Bridgestone Arena here in Nashville which you can read about right HERE. She is currently riding high on her most triumphant previous release on Sony Legacy Records called “Wouldn’t It Be Great”….and indeed it was. Every site like mine heralded it in utmost highest regard, and raved about the magnitude of depth in her new songs at her age. She was a huge presence at the Grammys and even though she has had a few minor health mishaps, the Country Legend remains one of our most beloved and celebrated icons in the genre. The Lifetime Movie Network is currently filming a movie exploring the close friendship between Miss Patsy Cline and Miss Loretta Lynn.
Casting for the movie has been announced, and two Broadway stars are set to headline. Megan Hilty, who was previously seen on Broadway in Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical and on television in NBC’s series Smash, will play Patsy Cline. Jessie Mueller—who won a Tony Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and has also been seen on stage in recent productions of the musicals Carousel, Waitress, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever—has been cast as Loretta Lynn.
According to TVLine, the film will be executive produced by Neil Meron and Mark Nicolson, with Callie Khouri, the creator of the television series Nashville and the Academy Award-winning writer of Thelma & Louise, set to direct.
TVLine shares the film’s synopsis, which begins, “When they first met, Patsy (Hilty) was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta (Mueller) was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville.” I myself think the movie from the 1970’s Coal Miner’s Daughter distinctly helped us understand the close bond between these two ladies in their era. Many people have closely studied and learned a lot about this pair of one already grounded mega star who took on a new protege.
Production on Patsy & Loretta will begin soon, with some of the filming reportedly set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee.