For 18 years after her death, following the impact of such a great loss to country music and the entertainment world, virtually nothing was written of this unique personality. Then came Vicksburg, Mississippi, native Ellis Nassour’s first biography on Patsy Cline. He’s devoted a good deal of his career keeping the legend alive and growing.
The Patsy Cline story begins in Winchester, Virginia, 1932. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, she possessed from the earliest age a self-assurance that made her believe not only that she could be the best female singer in country music but also that she was. Nothing could daunt her. A saying sprang up about Patsy:
Patsy is more famous in death than she was during her lifetime. It seems the world cannot get enough. In 1993, Nassour released a new Collector’s Edition hardcover of Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline. Others have attempted to tell her story, including the 1985 feature film "Sweet Dreams," starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris. From the acclaim for Nassour's biography, published in an expanded edition in 2008, it's still considered the best and the most definitive.