At only thirteen years of age, Loretta Webb marries Doolittle Lynn and is soon responsible for a sizeable family. Loretta appears destined to a life of homemaking, but Doolittle recognises his wife's musical talent, and buys her a guitar as an anniversary present one year. This gift sets Loretta Lynn on the gruelling, tumultuous path to country music greatness. Written by
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She was married at 13. She had four kids by the time she was 20. She's been hungry and poor. She's been loved and cheated on. She became a singer because it was the only thing she could do. She became a star because it was the only way she could do it.
Did You Know?
's Best Actress Oscar win for playing singer Loretta Lynn
created a rarity in the Academy's history in that the real-life Loretta Lynn
was in the audience witnessing the victory. That same evening (March 31, 1981) boxer Jake LaMotta
was in the pavilion audience when Robert De Niro
won the Best Actor statuette for his portrayal of LaMotta in Raging Bull
(1980), making the event even more rare. See more
When Loretta makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, 1960, a "period mike" was not used. The microphone used in that scene wasn't manufactured until years later. See more
Mr. Webb, me and Loretta are fixin' to get married, if it's alright with you.
Go ask Clary.
[Doolittle walks through the house to the kitchen
Mrs. Webb, me and Loretta is thinkin' about gettin' married tomorrow.
Go ask Ted.
[Doolittle walks back onto the porch, then back into the house
Doolittle, what are you doin'?
Ted says go ask Clary; Clary says go ask Ted; I don't know.
Wait 'til they go to bed; then you can catch them together. 'Less they'll keep you runnin' back and forth all night long.
Walking After Midnight
Performed by Sissy Spacek See more