Loretta Lynn Moves Her Daughter To Tears During Filming Of Documentary

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On Friday (Mar. 4), Loretta Lynn released her first album in 12 years, called Full Circle. Along with the release of the album, PBS released a two-hour documentary about Lynn’s life, called American Masters: Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl.

Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and Johnny Cash and June Carter‘s son, John Carter Cash, served as co-producers on Full Circle. Russell also took part in the documentary, and shared how lucky she feels to be Lynn’s daughter during an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

There are no words,” Russell said. “I feel like the luckiest human being on the face of the Earth to do this every day with just my mom. Right now I’m sitting in her bedroom and she’s opening the door and letting her cat, Precious, come in, and mom is just grinning at me.

Out of the entire two-hour documentary, there is one scene that moved Russell more than any other. In the scene, Lynn starts reciting the words to her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” basically telling her life story in the process.

The scene was filmed with Russell in the room, who sat across from Lynn and next to the director at the time. Russell asked her mother to tell her the story of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and Lynn did just that. But what Russell wasn’t prepared for was the rush of emotion that overwhelmed her as soon as her mother started saying those famous words:

“She says, ‘Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter….’ What you can’t see is me crying. You can’t imagine how that feels, knowing your child is hearing that, knowing that’s being captured on film. I hope the world gets to see that.”

That must have been such a touching moment for Lynn and her daughter. We’re sure we’d react the same as Russell if we had been there when Lynn filmed that scene.


Even though Lynn is 83, she has no intentions of slowing down, and plans on releasing more new music over the years.

I don’t want it any other way,” Lynn said. “I’m going to keep working till they put me down. But I ain’t figurin’ on going any time soon.

You can tune in below to watch one of Lynn’s incredible performances of her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

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