Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Based on this movie, nobody would have much thought Loretta Lynn would become super-successful.
Loretta (Sissy Spacek) married at age 13 to an older man Mooney (Tommy Lee Jones). She had many children and settled into keeping house. She appeared to be destined to fade into housewifely oblivion.
But then her husband bought her a guitar and she started to sing in public. Eventually, she had herself a demo tape and she and her husband worked really hard to promote it.
According to the movie, her marriage was rocky – sometimes he was supportive and sometimes he dragged her down.
One of the nicest things about the movie was the friendship between Loretta and Patsy Cline. It was almost a relief to see grown up women become real friends.
The movie inspired me to look up more about Loretta Lynn and I was surprised at how forthright some of her songs were, “The Pill” and others. I gained a new respect for her.
Miss Potter and this movie have been my favorite biopics so far.