Loretta Lynn Saluted in D.C.

Loretta Lynn received the Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night (Dec. 7), acknowledging her significant contribution to the arts. From the stage, actress Sissy Spacek told her, “I loved being you. I would have gone on being you for the rest of my life, but everybody knows there’s only one Loretta Lynn.” Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter. Several notable country stars paid tribute by singing Lynn’s most famous hits, including Reba McEntire (“You’re Lookin’ at Country”), Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (“Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”), Lyle Lovett (“Rated X”) and Patty Loveless (“Coal Miner’s Daughter).” Former President George Bush called Lynn “a national treasure.” Soul singer James Brown, actress Carol Burnett, director Mike Nichols and violinist Itzhak Perlman were also recognized with the Kennedy Center Honor. 12/8/03