Patsy & Loretta’s Lifetime Movie: Plane Crash, Funeral, Friendship Of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn


Patsy & Loretta’s Lifetime Movie: Plane Crash, Funeral, Friendship Of Patsy Cline, Loretta LynnIn Lifetime’s Patsy and Loretta movie, you won’t see a lot about the shocking plane crash that left singer Patsy Cline dead all those years ago. And Patsy Cline’s funeral is dramatized briefly because most of the true-story movie centers around the relationship and friendship between Butcher Hollow-born Loretta Lynn and her mentor, Patsy Cline. Lifetime’s Patsy & Loretta colors in the details that were left completely out of Sweet Dreams and only partially covered in Coal Miner’s Daughter, two biographical movies based on their true stories.


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Patsy Could Feel Death Coming

Patsy Cline’s plane crashed in the swampy woods of Camden, outside Nashville, Tennessee on March 5, 1963. Along with Patsy Cline, the other victims were listed as Randy Hughes, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins.

After three, almost-fatal, car wrecks, Patsy Cline had a bad premonition she would die, and according to Lifetime’s true story movie Patsy & Loretta, the singer was upset the day she left her kids and boarded the plane.

Anxious to get back home, Patsy Cline declined a ride with Dottie West—a fatal decision, which would forever keep her away from her kids and her friend, Loretta Lynn. Even worse, friend and pilot Randy Hughes ignored all the bad weather warnings. No one wanted Patsy Cline to travel by plane that day, and an hour later, they were all dead.

Farmers called the police after hearing the plane go down. The most likely cause of the Patsy Cline plane crash was the pilot drove by sight and lost control since he would have been unable to see in the stormy weather. According to a 1996 interview with Jerry Phifer on the television show, “Friends and Company,” the crash site was found a few miles from the Tennessee River, where a search party located the bodies—or better said—the remains— since nothing much was left of their bodies.


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The only part of Patsy Cline’s body that was found was the back of her head, neck, shoulder, and arm, the book Patsy Cline by Ellis Nassour confirmed. Loretta Lynn’s friend was buried in Shenandoah Memorial Park. People say for a long time, Patsy’s grave was the most visited grave of all.

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Patsy Cline’s Funeral Details

On Sunday, March 8, thousands of fans showed up to mourn the death of Patsy Cline. The funeral took place at Jones Funeral home, and those who were there said traffic stalled to a halt, and inside—standing room only. One of the last photos taken of Patsy Cline before her tragic death was at the Tootsie Orchid Lounge next to the Grand Ole Opry.

Services for Patsy began at around 3:30 p.m. Tears lined the faces of the country singer’s fans as pallbearers transported the shiny-gold-finished casket. Sudden mayhem broke out as fans desperately snapped pictures and stole lilies and roses from the wet cemetery, according to the book “Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline.”



[image via Lifetime by Jake Giles Netter/with permission

Patsy and Loretta Lifetime movie: Was Loretta Lynn Friends With Patsy Cline? And Is There A Photo Of Them Together?

Yes. They were very good friends. When Patsy Cline died, Loretta Lynn recorded a tribute album in her honor, and even named one of her daughter’s Patsy. Although, Wide Open Country wrote Loretta Lynn believed their relationship meant more to her than it did to Patsy. And there was one photo that existed of them after Patsy Cline bought a camera. However, that photo was destroyed, according Steve Hoffman’s music forum.

They had a lot in common. Patsy and Loretta were both mothers and talented singers, and they both had husbands who cussed, drank, fought, and cheated. In Lifetime’s Patsy & Loretta, the women have spicy talks about making love to their husbands and problems in the marriage. In Loretta Lynn’s movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Patsy Cline showed her how to put on make-up, do her hair, and handed down her sexy panties and clothes. True girlfriends, they were, indeed!

Here’s something interesting but not incredibly shocking. Patsy and Loretta didn’t always get along.

  • They had their flare-ups like real girlfriends often do.

  • Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta does a great job of letting the story unfold as if the viewer is sitting right there on the couch listening in person.

  • Patsy Cline was never jealous of Loretta Lynn. But the Lifetime movie shows Patsy Cline sometimes got upset when Loretta Lynn made comments that made her feel judged as a mother.

Patsy & Loretta: Life on the Road Difficult For Young Mothers

The tremendous success they both enjoyed in the spotlight was often dimmed by feelings of sadness for spending too much time on the road and leaving the kids at home.

Though the Lifetime version of Patsy & Loretta’s friendship fills in the gaps about their friendship, the movie producers assume the viewer has seen the other two movies.

"After I met Patsy, life got better for me because I fought back," Lynn explained to the Nashville Scene. "Before that,…

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Having all three of these gems in your movie library will offer a deep look into these country singers’ lives. And there’s a lot of good singing and toe-tapping country music to enjoy. The accents are spot on and beautiful. You’ll also hear a lot of “sugar,” “honey,” “Lil girl,” and “darlin’s”—those snappy phrases that speckled Patsy Cline’s conversations.

Watch Patsy and Loretta Saturday, October 19, at 8/7 p.m. on Lifetime Television. Patsy & Loretta is directed by Callie Khouri and written by Angelina Burnett. It stars Megan Hilty as Patsy Cline, Jessie Mueller as Loretta Lynn, Kyle Schmid as Charlie Dick, and Joe Tippett as Loretta’s now-deceased husband, Doo Little Lynn.


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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.