Sissy Spacek’s Portrayal of Loretta Lynn Set the Standard for Celebrity Biopics

The country music world lost a legend when Loretta Lynn passed away at the age of 90 on October 4th.

From her beginnings as a coal miner’s daughter in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, to her reign as country queen with over 100 awards and honors to her name, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Lynn’s life was the stuff Hollywood movies are made of.

And in 1980, Hollywood made that movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on Lynn’s own memoir.

Celebrity biopics have been around practically as long as the movie industry itself; some have been great successes (like 1981’s Frances and 2004’s Ray), but many more have missed the mark.

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