Thursday, June 13, 2024

RIP Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter Who Became a Towering Legend, Dead at 90


Loretta Lynn was already a legend in 1981, some 40 years ago, when the movie about her life, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” cemented her in the history books. Yes, she was only 50. What an achievement. Robert Altman had already fashioned a character after her in “Nashville,” five years earlier.

Loretta Lynn has passed away at age 90. She is likely the most famous of all country singers, a feminist, a trail blazer, with the voice of an angel. She had over 70 hits on the country charts during her lifetime. Her younger sister was the also famous Crystal Gayle.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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