- - Sunday, May 13, 2012

Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn is taking her life story to Broadway, and she has tapped film and TV actress Zooey Deschanel to play her onstage.

Miss Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. Wearing one of her signature long sleeve, floor- length dresses, the singer blew through four songs before bringing Miss Deschanel onstage to sing the title tune.

The announcement mirrored the way Miss Lynn invited actress Sissy Spacek on the Opry stage in 1979 to reveal that Miss Spacek would play her in the upcoming film. She won an Academy Award for her portrayal.

“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,” Miss Lynn said with a laugh. “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,” Miss Lynn continued. “Zooey, where you at honey?”

Miss Deschanel, 32, the star and a producer of the Fox comedy “New Girl,” then emerged in a short, vintage-inspired white dress. She grabbed Miss Lynn’s hand and flashed a dazzling smile.

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. She is wearing a $299 dress she got from H&M. (Associated Press)
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“Are you going to help me sing ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’?” Miss Lynn asked.

“I’m going to help you sing,” said Miss Deschanel, who has been nominated for a Grammy Award. “This is a great honor for me. This is my hero.”

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” was a No. 1 hit for Miss Lynn in 1970 that she wrote about growing up as one of eight children in rural Kentucky. It became the title of her 1976 autobiography and the basis for the 1980 movie, starring Miss Spacek, which traces Miss Lynn’s rise from humble beginnings into one of country music’s most beloved singers. In 1972, Miss Lynn became the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Plans for a stage adaptation are still in the beginning stages, with no creative team attached or workshop dates announced. The producers — Fox Theatricals and Scott Sanders Productions — have been behind such Broadway hits as “Legally Blonde,” “The Color Purple,” “Red” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Ginnifer Goodwin hopes her ‘accessible’ style inspires

When “Once Upon a Time” star Ginnifer Goodwin attended the recent White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, she wore a $299 dress she got from H&M.

Miss Goodwin said that’s not unusual for her.

“Last year to the Vogue’s Met gala, I wore a Top Shop dress,” she said in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

Miss Goodwin, who’s also known for her roles in the film “Something Borrowed” and HBO’s “Big Love,” said she loves high-luxury design, but doesn’t let a price tag determine what she buys.

“My day-to-day wardrobe I do mix it up,” she said. “I’ll wear something from Target along with something by YSL. It’s about finding the right items that make you happy.”

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