Cline was a dear friend to Lynn before her life ended tragically, and seeing someone else step into her shoes for the movie was overwhelming. But Lynn revealed something about the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit actor that eventually changed her mind.
Loretta Lynn said it ‘hurt’ her to see Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
D’Angelo is widely known for playing Ellen Griswold alongside Chevy Chase in the National Lampoon’s Vacation films. But she took on the role of Cline for Coal Miner’s Daughter, the movie based on Lynn’s life and bestselling autobiography.
For a brief history lesson, Lynn formed a fast friendship with Cline when she moved to Nashville in the early ’60s. Tragically, the “Crazy” singer died in 1963, and Lynn lamented the early loss of her companion for the rest of her life.
Seeing D’Angelo as Cline for the movie was hard for the “Fist City” singer at first. She wrote in Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust, “I came on set during filming one day and saw Beverly D’Angelo in costume, ready to play the part of Patsy. For a minute I couldn’t breathe.”
She added, “It hurt me.”
“I wanted to run out of that place as fast as I could,” she recalled. “I wanted it to be me and Patsy on that stage together for real — to have that life between us that we didn’t get a chance to have.”
Loretta Lynn was ‘proud’ of Beverly D’Angelo for helping introduce new fans to Patsy Cline in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’
While Lynn needed some time to get over seeing D’Angelo as Cline, she felt better when she heard her sing Cline’s “Crazy,” written by Willie Nelson. She noted in her book that the actors in Coal Miner’s Daughter sang their tracks. “I tell you what,” she said, “Beverly was outstanding.”
She shared that she “stood there listening, and all of a sudden, [she] wasn’t upset anymore.”
“I was happy. I felt so proud because I knew that Coal Miner’s Daughter was going to introduce a whole new generation of fans to Patsy Cline,” she explained.
Lynn also mentioned how the producer, Bernard Schwartz, “fell so in love with Patsy” he made Sweet Dreams about her life in the years after Coal Miner’s Daughter. She shared, “I wasn’t crazy over how they portrayed Patsy in that movie, but I was happy that she was getting the notoriety and credit…