|Patsy Cline Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||September 8, 1932|
|Date of Death||March 5, 1963|
Patsy Cline was an American singer and songwriter who is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. She was one of the first country music artists to cross over into pop music as well as became the first female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Her discography consists of albums such as Patsy Cline, Patsy Cline Showcase, Sentimentally Yours, A Portrait of Patsy Cline, That’s How a Heartache Begins, and Always.
Virginia Patterson Hensley
Patsy Cline, Ginny, The First Lady of Country Music, Country Music’s First Girl Singer, The Queen of Country Music
She was born on September 8, 1932.
On March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30 in Camden, Tennessee, United States.
Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia, United States
Winchester, Virginia, United States
Patsy Cline attended John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia. However, she had to later drop out because of her family’s financial problems.
- Father – Samuel Lawerence Hensley (Blacksmith)
- Mother – Hilda Virginia (née Patterson)
- Siblings – Samuel Jr. (called John) (Younger Brother), Sylvia Mae (Younger Sister). Patsy also had 2 older paternal half-siblings.
- Others – Solomon Job Hensley (Paternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Margaret “Maggie” Shifflett (Paternal Grandmother), James Robert Arlington Patterson (Maternal Grandfather), Gola/Goldie Levenia/Lavinia Newlin (Maternal Grandmother)
Patsy Cline was managed by Randy Hughes.
Country, Nashville Sound, Honky-tonk, Rockabilly, Traditional Pop, Gospel
Four Star Records, Decca Records
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, she had a net worth of $10 Million.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Patsy Cline had dated –
- Gerald Cline (1953-1957) – On March 7, 1953, she married Gerald Cline whom she met while performing with Bill Peer at the Moose Lodge in Brunswick, Maryland. By the end of 1956, the couple had started living separately and eventually divorced in 1957.
- Charlie Dick (1957-1963) – Patsy Cline got married to Linotype operator Charlie Dick on September 15, 1957, and their marriage was considered both romantic and tumultuous. They were blessed with 2 children – daughter Julia Simadore Dick (b. August 25, 1958) and son Allen Randolph “Randy” Dick (b. February 28, 1961). The duo remained together until Cline’s death in 1963.
Race / Ethnicity
Patsy Cline was of English, Scottish, and German descent.
- Frequently wore ruby lipstick
- Rich, bold, contralto voice
Patsy Cline Facts
- At the time of Patsy’s birth, her mother was just 16 years old.
- She was hospitalized with a throat infection and rheumatic fever when she was 13 years old.
- Her father had abandoned the family by 1947.
- She taught herself how to play the piano.
- Patsy Cline shared an amazing bond with her mother and they “were more like sisters” than parent and child.
- She was s*xually abused by her father, something she revealed to her friend Loretta Lynn. Cline also told her, “take this to your grave.” Later on, Cline’s mother shared details of the abuse to producers of Cline’s 1985 biopic Sweet Dreams.
- Cline and Loretta Lynn’s friendship has been the subject of many books, songs, films, and other projects and Lynn described Cline as “a great human being and a great friend”.
- Along with her brother Sam, Cline was involved in an automobile accident on June 14, 1961, and she spent a month recovering from her injuries in the hospital.
- On August 3, 1999, she was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6160 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
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