In 1978, Loretta Lynn brought actress Sissy Spacek onto the stage at the Grand Ole Opry and announced, to the world, that Spacek would be playing Loretta Lynn in an upcoming biographic film. That movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, won Spacek the best actress Oscar and helped turn Loretta Lynn into an icon far beyond her Country Music Hall Of Fame career. Last night, at the Ryman Auditorium during a Grand Ole Opry show, Loretta Lynn brought Zooey Deschanel onto stage and announced that Deschanel would be playing the eponymous Coal Miner’s Daughter in the Broadway version.
“I have a friend here tonight. I don’t know if ya’ll remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out here with me. She about fainted. We both fainted,” laughed Lynn, now 80. “She went on to do the Coal Miner’s Daughter, and you know from there. Well, there’s a little girl back stage that’s going to do the play of Coal Miner’s Daughter on Broadway,” Lynn continued. “Zooey, where you at honey?”
Deschanel came out and performed the titular song with Loretta Lynn. The question is, will Deschanel find time to take on the role? She’s filming a Fox sitcom, The New Girl, she’s the owner of the website Hello Giggles (and an active participant there), and she maintains an active recording career as half of the folk-pop duo She And Him with M.Ward. The producers of the Broadway show insist their run will work with The New Girl‘s shooting schedule. I’m sure Deschanel, a producer on The New Girl, can make that happen if there is any conflict.
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