Can you imagine being Patsy Cline's daughter? The legendary country singer died in a 1963 plane crash at the far-too-young age of 30. At the time, Cline had two children, including 4-year-old daughter Julie. That daughter is now 61, and Julie Fudge just co-produced the Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta with Loretta Lynn's daughter, Patsy Lynn.
Patsy & Loretta premiered last night (October 19) and focused on the real-life friendship between the country singers -- with Smash star Megan Hilty as Patsy Cline and Jessie Mueller as Loretta Lynn. The movie also gave glimpses of the stars' home lives.
Patsy Cline's daughter Julie Fudge added her own real-life memories into Patsy & Loretta, and some of the filming took place in the house where the family lived in the last year of Cline's life. Fudge said scenes showing "how hard it was" when her mom would have to leave for her work as a singer were accurate to Fudge's memories.
Reliving her mom's ultimately tragic story in Patsy & Loretta could've been heartbreaking, but Julie Fudge told Country Living it makes her happy to see her mother remembered in this way.
Julie Fudge said Patsy Cline was "very much a hands-on mom" who wanted to be there and "really would rather have been at home, I believe." The movie shows Cline saying she wanted two things -- hit records and babies. She certainly got both.
Patsy Cline's daughter told People what she hopes fans take away from Patsy & Loretta:
Speaking of a young girl, Julie Fudge shared a cute memory with Country Living that wasn't shown in the Lifetime movie:
Always ahead of her time, our Patsy! Back in 2018, while at the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, Julie Fudge told AXS how it's been growing up with a trailblazing but tragic icon as a mother.
Fans of all ages still listen to Patsy Cline's inimitable voice. Patsy & Loretta helped some fans get a new appreciation for Patsy Cline:
Country music fans have been treated to some great history in the past month. Before the Patsy & Loretta movie, many fans watched Ken Burns' eight-episode Country Music documentary miniseries on PBS, which also featured Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Keep up with everything still airing on TV this year with our handy 2019 fall TV premiere schedule.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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