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On March 5, 1963, Virginia Patterson Hensley was killed when her plane crashed en route to Nashville.  Strangely, she had evidently had intimations of an early death for the year or so prior to the crash, giving away her belongings, writing her will, and asking that friends take care of her children should anything happen to her.  She had also already been involved in two motor vehicle accidents (one of which scarred her face permanently and led to her wearing wigs and a good deal of make-up afterwards) and reportedly told her friend, “Honey, I’ve had two bad ones. The third one will either be a charm or it’ll kill me,” about a week before her death.  Despite the fact that her popularity led her to be the first real crossover musician (country and pop), she always considered herself a country & western singer (and in the beginning of her career always wore fringed cowgirl outfits made by her mother).  She was also rather well-known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense demeanor that allowed her to sit down with the guys for a beer and refer to herself as The Cline—and to live by the motto, “I don’t want to get rich—just live good.”  A girl after this stamp enthusiast’s own heart!
Stamp details:Issued on: September 25, 1993From: Nashville, TNDesigned by: Richard WaldrepSC #2777

On March 5, 1963, Virginia Patterson Hensley was killed when her plane crashed en route to Nashville.  Strangely, she had evidently had intimations of an early death for the year or so prior to the crash, giving away her belongings, writing her will, and asking that friends take care of her children should anything happen to her.  She had also already been involved in two motor vehicle accidents (one of which scarred her face permanently and led to her wearing wigs and a good deal of make-up afterwards) and reportedly told her friend, “Honey, I’ve had two bad ones. The third one will either be a charm or it’ll kill me,” about a week before her death.  Despite the fact that her popularity led her to be the first real crossover musician (country and pop), she always considered herself a country & western singer (and in the beginning of her career always wore fringed cowgirl outfits made by her mother).  She was also rather well-known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense demeanor that allowed her to sit down with the guys for a beer and refer to herself as The Cline—and to live by the motto, “I don’t want to get rich—just live good.”  A girl after this stamp enthusiast’s own heart!

Stamp details:
Issued on: September 25, 1993
From: Nashville, TN
Designed by: Richard Waldrep
SC #2777

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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