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Coal Miner's Daughter

(1980)

Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner's Daughter
Image credit: Coal Miner's Daugher: Kobal Collection

Movies about musicians:''Coal Miner's Daughter''

LEAD SINGER Sissy Spacek (left) perfects Loretta Lynn's hillbilly drawl in a film based on the country music legend's autobiography.

PITCH-PERFECT? Spacek won an Oscar for her wide-eyed performance, which found her doing most of her own singin' on such Lynn hits as ''Honky Tonk Girl.''

HUMBLE ORIGINS Duh. Lynn was a coal miner's daughter. She grew up desperately poor in Butcher Holler, Ky., and rose to fame with the encouragement of her husband, Doo (Tommy Lee Jones, right), whom she married at the ripe old age of 13.

HIGH NOTE A shy Lynn overcomes her stage fright and gets a roadhouse a-hootin' and a-hollerin' with an increasingly confident version of her early hit ''There He Goes.''

GUEST STAR Levon Helm, drummer for The Band, plays Lynn's dad.

TRAGIC ENDING? Almost. Lynn suffers an onstage breakdown, but eventually makes peace with her celebrity. And in real life, she's become more hipster than hillbilly, thanks to Van Lear Rose, her new album with the White Stripes' Jack White.

Originally posted Oct 21, 2004