Loretta Lynn is "The First Lady of Country Music," a bona fide legend, and one of the most important women in the history of entertainment. She is the first woman in the annals of country music to have 50 top ten hits. She's also the first woman to chart singles in six decades. Lynn is a member of both the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her partnership with Conway Twitty is the most successful in country music history. In 1980, her autobiography was turned into a successful and Academy Award winning movie called Coal Miner's Daughter.
Lynn broke into the music scene in the early 1960s. Throughout her career she has tackled serious, and often controversial, women's issues including birth control, double standards, and losing one's husband to the Vietnam War. She thought no subject should be off limits even though country music radio stations disagreed. They banned nine of her songs.
Lynn is from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky and married when she was just 15 years old. She had three children before turning 20 and was a grandmother by age 29. Her sister is country music singer Crystal Gayle. They are separated by 19 years.