The Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta focuses on the friendship between country legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. The film, starring Broadway actors Megan Hilty (Wicked, Smash) as Cline and Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Lynn, debuted on Lifetime on October 19.
The film traces how Cline took Lynn under her wing when the "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer was just starting out.
Here's the film's synopsis via TV Line:
"When they first met, Patsy (Hilty) was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta (Mueller) was just a coal miner's daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville. Soon, they became close friends, touring together, bonding over their husband troubles and commiserating on being females in the male-dominated music business."
Patsy & Loretta was directed by Callie Khouri, who created the Nashville television series and wrote the screenplay for classic film Thelma & Louise.
Patsy and Loretta's Friendship
Cline, who rose to fame with the now-classics "Walkin' After Midnight," "She's Got You," and "Crazy," was known for her support of fellow female artists. In 1961, when Cline was in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal car crash, she heard Lynn perform on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree. Struck by her talent, Cline reached out to Lynn to meet her in person. The two became close friends and Cline served as a mentor to Lynn. Cline died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30.
Lynn, who released her debut single "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" in 1960, would follow in Cline's footsteps as one of the most respected country vocalists in history. Her songs "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," "You Ain't Woman Enough," "Fist City," and "Coal Miner's Daughter" have become country standards. Lynn released her most recent album Wouldn't It Be Great in 2018.
How to Watch 'Patsy & Loretta'
Depending on your television provider, you can watch Patsy & Loretta now online on the Lifetime website.
This post was originally published in May of 2019. It was updated in October 21, 2019.