15 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
15 years ago today (Aug. 3, 1999) was a bittersweet day for friends and family of Patsy Cline. It was on this day that the singer was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in honor of her many career achievements.
Cline tragically passed away in 1963, when she was only 30 years old. But though her life was cut short, her extraordinary musical legacy has continued to live on long after her death.
The songstress released three studio albums and more than 30 singles before her untimely death, with six landing in the Top 10. She was a true pioneer of country music, becoming the first female country artist to headline her own shows and among the first to perform at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.
Cline’s classic hit, ‘Crazy,’ written by Willie Nelson, was named the No. 1 jukebox hit of all time in 1997, with her No. 1 hit, ‘I Fall to Pieces,’ landing at No. 17 on the list.
The songstress was killed on March 5, 1963 when a small plane she was a passenger in crashed en route to her home in Nashville. A movie about her life, ‘Sweet Dreams: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline’ was released in 1985, starring Jessica Lange as Cline. Although a commercial success, many said parts of the movie — including the claim that her husband, Charlie Dick, was abusive and the type of the airplane she was flying in — were inaccurate. Lange was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Cline.
More than 30 records of her music have been released since her death, including ‘Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits,’ which has sold more than 10 million copies since its release in 1967.