Loretta Lynn

The "First Lady of Country Music," Loretta Lynn's rise from a Kentucky cabin to the pinnacle of Nashville success was the quintessential American showbiz dream. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, Lynn taught ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

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Austin City Limits 1974 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Loretta Lynn 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual CMA Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Grand Ole Opry Live 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Grand Ole Opry 75th -- A Celebration 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Our Country 2001 (Movie)

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Hello Darlin': A Tribute to Conway Twitty 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Memories: Grand Ole Opry Stars of the Fifties 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Opry Backstage 1990 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Ralph Emery on the Record With Loretta 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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TNN Music City News Country Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Life & Times of Conway Twitty 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Legends of Country Music 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Remembering Patsy Cline 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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TNN Music City News Country Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Women of Country 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn: The Seasons of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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25th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Fairs and Festivals: Fan Fair/Nashville 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The True Value/GMC Truck Country Showdown 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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USO Celebrity Tour: Loretta Lynn Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Conway Twitty on the Mississippi 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Dinah Comes Home Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Fairs and Festivals: Erie County 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Night of Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Thanks, Troubadour, Thanks 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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There Really Is a Santa Claus 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Loretta & Crystal: Going Home 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Country Music Legends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Live From the Grand Ole Opry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Of Thee We Sing 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn in the Big Apple 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn: The Lady... The Legend 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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A Country Christmas 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Fifty Years of Country Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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George Burns in Nashville? 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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A Country Christmas 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Sinatra and Friends 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Country Music Hit Parade 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Dean Martin Presents Music Country, U.S.A. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Country Galaxy of Stars (TV Show)

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Loretta (TV Show)

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Real Patsy Cline (TV Show)

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The Real Patsy Kline (TV Show)

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Music (9)

Being Evel 2015 (Movie)

("The Other Woman") (Song Performer)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

("The First Noel") (Song Performer)

You Can Count on Me 2000 (Movie)

("Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin')" "If You're Not Gone Too Long" "The Other Woman") (Song Performer)

USO Celebrity Tour: Loretta Lynn Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Impulse 1984 (Movie)

("Before the Next Teardrop Falls") (Song Performer)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

songs("I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" "You're Lookin' At Country" "Coal Miner's Daughter") (Song)

Resurrection 1980 (Movie)

("Love From Seven to Ten") (Song Performer)

Drive-In 1976 (Movie)

("Lead Me On") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

("Coal Miner's Daughter") (Book as Source Material)

Biography

The "First Lady of Country Music," Loretta Lynn's rise from a Kentucky cabin to the pinnacle of Nashville success was the quintessential American showbiz dream. Married at 13 and a mother of four by 18, Lynn taught herself to play guitar and write songs. Thanks to her talent, her husband's persistence and a little luck, Lynn broke into the music industry with her self-penned "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." She achieved her greatest successes writing and singing a string of feisty, feminist songs the likes of which had never been heard on country radio, including "You Ain't Woman Enough" (1966), "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (with Lovin' on Your Mind)" (1967) and "Fist City" (1968), singing for (and on behalf of) working-class women everywhere. Throughout the 1970s, she continued to top the charts, both alone and together with Conway Twitty in a series of successful duets, but it would be her autobiographical song "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1970) and the subsequent Oscar-winning movie (1980) that made Lynn a household name around the world. The winner of countless awards and accolades, Lynn created her most critically acclaimed work at age 70, the Jack White-produced LP Van Lear Rose (2004). Simultaneously representing a classic country influence as well as forward-thinking feminism, Lynn's impact on the genre and professional reputation were unmatched.

Relationships

Mooney Lynn Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 10, 1946 until his death on Aug. 22, 1996

Patsy Lynn Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 6, 1964; twin of Peggy Lynn; father, Mooney Lynn

Peggy Lynn Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 6, 1964; twin of Patsy Lynn; father, Mooney Lynn

Milestones

2010

Released tribute and duets album Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn; featured covers of Lynn's hits by Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, and The White Stripes

2008

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in NYC

2004

Wrote the cookbook You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories

2004

Made a comeback with Van Lear Rose; co-written and produced by Jack White of The White Stripes; won Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2005

2003

Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors

2002

Published second bestselling autobiography Still Woman Enough

2000

Became the first woman in country music to chart singles in five decades with "Country In My Genes"

1995

Presented with the Pioneer Award at the 30th Academy of Country Music Awards

1993

Released trio album Honky Tonk Angels with fellow country icons Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette

1988

Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame

1985

Last Top 20 hit, "Heart Don't Do This to Me"

1982

Made acting debut with a guest starring role on "Fantasy Island" (ABC)

1982

Last Top 10 record as a solo artist, "I Lie"

1980

Life story and 1976 autobiography inspired the feature film "Coal Miner's Daughter"; Sissy Spacek portrayed Lynn

1979

Named spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble's Crisco Oil

1977

Released the album Tribute in honor of her friend Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash in 1963

1977

Became first female country artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1976

Penned her autobiography Coal Miner's Daughter with the help of writer Geroge Vecsey; became first country music artist to make the New York Times bestseller list

1973

Became the first country star to appear on the cover of Newsweek

1972

Released the controversial single "Rated 'X'"; song went to No. 1 in country charts even though it was banned by several outlets

1972

Became first woman to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year

1970

Recorded five consecutive No. 1 duets with Conway Twitty including "After the Fire Is Gone" (1971) and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" (1973)

1970

Released the title track to the album One's on the Way, penned by poet and author Shel Silverstein

1969

Wrote and recorded the autobiographical song "Coal Miner's Daughter"; landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart; Lynn's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 83)

1967

Made her No. 1 debut on the country albums chart with Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)

1966

Became first country female recording artist to write a No. 1 hit with "You Ain't Woman Enough"

1963

Released debut album Loretta Lynn Sings

1962

Released the Top 10 single "Success"

1960

Signed a contract with Zero Records; recorded "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl"

1959

With a guitar her husband bought as an anniversary gift, taught herself how to play (date approx.); also began singing at local clubs

1951

Moved to Custer, WA with her husband Oliver "Mooney" Lynn

Bonus Trivia

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Lynn was ranked No. 65 on VH1's list of the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

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In 2006, Lynn underwent shoulder surgery after injuring herself in a fall.

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Lynn was forced to cancel a show in Kentucky on Oct. 23, 2011 after she was hospitalized for bacterial pneumonia. She was treated over the weekend and released the following Monday.

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