Patsy Cline

  • Birth Name: Virginia Patterson Hensley
  • Birth Place: Winchester, Virginia, United States
  • Died: March 5, 1963
  • Profession: Musician
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Fast Facts

  • Suffered from rheumatic fever at age 13, and discovered after her recovery that she had developed a tremendous singing voice.
  • Dropped out of school at 15 to help support her family, working as a soda jerk and at a Greyhound bus station.
  • Signed her first record contract with Four Star Records in 1954 but continued to struggle, singing in juke joints and bars.
  • Got her big break when she won a televised talent contest hosted by Arthur Godfrey in 1957.
  • Was initially hesitant to record the song "I Fall to Pieces," which incorporated a new, more heavily orchestrated Nashville sound.
  • Was involved in a serious car accident in 1961 that left her with a visible scar on her forehead, which she would cover with wigs during public appearances.
  • Was killed when the plane she was taking home from a concert in  Kansas City, piloted by her manager Randy Hughes, crashed during inclement weather conditions in a forest outside of Camden, Tennessee.
  • Her longtime family home in Winchester, Virginia, remains open to the public, cared for by a non-profit group called Celebrating Patsy Cline, and has become a destination for tourists and fans.

Relationships

  • Randolph Hensley — Half Brother
  • Charlie Dick — Husband
  • Julia Simadore Dick — Daughter
  • Hilda Hensley — Mother
  • Allen Randolph Dick — Son
  • Samuel Lawrence Hensley — Father
  • Tempie Glenn Hensley — Half Sister
  • Gerald Cline — Ex-husband
  • Sam Hensley — Brother
  • Sylvia Mae Hensley — Sister

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