Today I want to tell you about my favorite movie. Coal Miner’s Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek, is my favorite movie of all time. I guess I saw this movie for the first time when it came out around 1980. This is the movie of Loretta Lynn’s life made from her biography that was published in 1976. So this movie actually brings into play a favorite actress, Sissy Spacek and a wonderfully talented country music artist Loretta Lynn.
Loretta Lynn knew immediately that she wanted Sissy Spacek to play the title role in her movie. However Spacek was less than thrilled with the idea. She had just earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Carrie and just didn’t think she would be interested in playing the role of Loretta Lynn. But as Spacek was on her way to deliver the news to Loretta Lynn she heard the song Coal Miner’s Daughter and she was convinced she had to play the role.
I remember the first time I watched this movie I thought Sissy Spacek was only lip syncing the words to all the songs, but no she sang them all herself. To be honest with you I like some of Loretta Lynn’s songs but I can’t say I own every song or album she has made. I admire Loretta Lynn so much because of how much she has accomplished in her life and during an age when female country performers had to work extra hard just to be heard on the radio.
Loretta Webb was born April 14, 1932 which means she will be 88 years young this year. She married Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” on January 10, 1948 when she was only 15 years old. They had met only a month earlier. Loretta and Doolittle “Doo” had 6 children. Doo bought Loretta her first guitar in 1953. He paid only $17.00 for it.
Loretta became a part of the country music scene in Nashville in the 1960’s. She focused on blue-collar women’s issues with themes about cheating husbands and persistent mistresses. Her music was mostly inspired by the issues in her own marriage. Her music pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music at that time. Country music radio stations often refused to play her music. But that didn’t stop Loretta and she became one of country music’s legendary artists.
Loretta Lynn has written more than 160 songs and released 60 albums. She has had 10 No. 1 albums and 16 No. 1 singles on the country charts. She has won 3 Grammy Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 8 Broadcast Music Incorporated awards, 13 Academy of Country Music awards. In 1972 she was the first woman named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association. WHEW!!!!! you can see why I am so impressed by this woman.
Sissy Spacek, as I mentioned before, was not that crazy in the beginning to play the role of Loretta Lynn but she earned Best Actress and the film placed among the top 10 film of the year for 1980. The film was nominated for 6 more Oscars. I thought her acting was amazing!!!!
Born on Christmas Day in in 1949 Sissy Spacek was raised in Texas and initially had a career as a singer. The singing career didn’t go far and she turned to acting. Her first major role was her portrayal of Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s Carrie. This was in 1976. She received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1980 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Loretta in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I love Spacek for the role she did in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I have seen her in a few other things and I just think she is an amazing actress.
A few other actors in this movie that have to be mentioned. Beverly D’Angelo who played Patsy Cline and did an amazing job. Tommy Lee Jones who played Doo, and Levon Helm who played Loretta’s Daddy. Some amazing actors.
So tell my what is your favorite movie of all time? A movie that you can watch over and over and never get tired of?
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