Book Vs Movie
Coal Miner’s Daughter
The Margos Head to Butcher Hollow to Talk About One of the Top Country Music Artists of All Time
Loretta Lynn is a multi-hyphen: singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, and author. The Margos were thrilled to discover that the 1980 movie Coal Miner’s Daughter was based on her 1976 autobiography of the same name. As superfans–we needed to bring this episode to our followers–you are all welcome!
Loretta began her life in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and later became one of the most revered & successful artists in recorded music. She was the oldest of eight children and by the time she was just shy of 16–she married her life mate Oliver “Doolittle” Webb. The film stars an incandescent Sissy Spacek as Lynn, Tommy Lee Jones as “Doo” Lynn, and Levon Helm (of “The Band” fame) as her father, Ted Webb.
Sure, you can argue that the movie follows the “music biopic” re the humble beginnings, the creation of the first hit song, drugs, loneliness, and the downside of fame. But dammit if this film isn’t first-class entertainment features incredible live singing performances and a complicated love story. And the hair in this film? To die for!
Spacy won an Academy Award for her performance and the film aired on cable TV in the United States repeatedly throughout the 1980ss which means there is an entire generation that knows this movie backward & forwards.
Lynn just released her second book Me & Patsy: Kickin’ Up Dust which is all about her friendship with the legendary Patsy Cline. At 87–she continues to be creative and vital. An example of resiliency to us all!
So between the autobiography and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!
In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The life story of Loretta Lynn
- How Sissy Spacek got into character for the part of her lifetime
- Behind the scenes tidbits from the set
- Coal Miner’s Daughter trailer
- Doo walks Loretta home
- Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline
- Doolittle in the studio
- Outro music Coal Miner’s Daughter (Performed by Loretta Lynn)
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