“Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”. Patsy Cline created some of the most memorable songs in country music. Thanks to her powerful voice and gorgeous songs, her music climbed the charts, earned fans around the world, and won plenty of accolades, too. She clinched a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, held a Guinness World Record for album sales, and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Despite all her professional accomplishments, though, according to a recent movie, Cline’s most cherished memories may have been made far from the stage lights. Like many, Cline just might have been happiest when she was at home with her two kids.
Cline was just 30 years old when she passed away in a plane crash, flying home from a benefit concert in Kansas City. She left behind her husband, Charlie Dick, and their two young children, Julie and Randy. Her daughter, now known as Julie Fudge, was just four years old when her mom died has clear memories of being at home laughing with her mother.
“Growing up, I am not sure when I ever had that 'aha' moment and realized how famous Patsy Cline really was, because she was just mom to me,” Fudge told AXS.com
According to Fudge, Cline was a devoted mother who valued her time at home with her kids. “She was very much a hands-on mom,” Fudge told CountryLiving.com. “She wanted to be there, and even though she loved her work, it was also something that had to be done. It was a way for her to help support the family. She really would rather have been at home, I believe.”
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While being Cline’s daughter certainly qualifies Fudge to talk about her mom, she has other bona fides, too. She just produced a documentary about her mother’s friendship with Loretta Lynn. Called Patsy and Loretta, the film aired on Lifetime in October, and was also co-produced by Patsy Lynn Russell, who is Lynn’s daughter and, yes, was named after Cline.
Fudge told People that she hopes the film and the stories she tells will help people see her mother as “more of a real person” than just as a country legend. “In the 56 years she’s been gone, we have almost iconicized her, and we don’t know the real person anymore,” Fudge told People. “But she was a mom.”
In the years since her untimely death, Cline’s music has inspired a generation of country singers and her legacy lives on in the hearts of her fans and, of course, her children. For Fudge, sharing her mother’s music and stories is a way of connecting to a woman who has been gone too long.
“There are always emotional moments when we deal with Mom and her legacy and her music and telling her story,” Fudge told Country Living’s website. “But at the same time we really like sharing, it keeps her alive, it keeps her vivid.”