She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia, and died on March 5, 1963, in Camden, Tennessee. She was known to the world as Patsy Cline. On August 3, 1999, the country figurehead was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in honor of her many career achievements. It was a bittersweet day for those who attended, including her husband, Charlie Dick, and daughter, Julie Fudge.
No one can just buy a star on the Walk of Fame. It’s a rumor that started because they charge a $30,000 fee for the maintenance of the sidewalk star, which must be paid before the star is dedicated. Either way, it’s clear that Patsy had earned one. She was a true pioneer of country music.
Patsy released three studio albums and more than 30 singles before her untimely death. She became the first female country artist to headline her own shows and among the first to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Patsy’s classic hit, “Crazy,” written by Willie Nelson, was named the No. 1 jukebox hit of all time in 1997, while another of her signature songs, “I Fall to Pieces,” was No. 17 on the list.
If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for it, Pasty Cline’s Hollywood Star is at 6196 Hollywood Blvd, on the south side between Argyle and El Centro. She’s between two movie stars on the walk: Barry Sullivan and Yul Brynner.
Follow the official Patsy Cline Best Of playlist for more of Patsy’s enduring hits.