Who Was Loretta Lynn’s Husband, Oliver?

The late superstar Loretta Lynn remained married to her husband Oliver for several decades.

Before Loretta’s death, the country music icon was in the spotlight with her music executive spouse, whom she and industry insiders nicknamed Oliver Doolittle or Mooney Lynn.

The lives of Loretta and Oliver Lynn were chronicled in the 1980 biopic Coal Miner's Daughter


The lives of Loretta and Oliver Lynn were chronicled in the 1980 biopic Coal Miner’s DaughterPhoto credit: Getty

Who Was Loretta Lynn’s Husband Oliver?

Born August 27, 1926, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn was a talent manager from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

After serving in the US Army, Oliver pursued a career as a music agent and became known for his contributions to country music.

On January 10, 1948, Oliver married future superstar Loretta Lynn.

At the time of their marriage, Oliver was 21 and Loretta was 15.

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In her 2002 autobiography Still Woman Enough, Loretta recalled her union with Mooney, saying, “I married Doo when I was a kid and he was my life from that day on.

“But as important as my youth and upbringing were, there’s something else that made me want to stay with Doo.

“He thought I was special, more special than anyone else in the world, and he never let me forget that.”

The Coal Miner’s Daughter singer shared: “Doo was my security, my safety net and remember, I’m explaining, not apologizing.

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“Doo was a good man and a hard worker. But he was an alcoholic and that affected our whole marriage. He was also a womanizer.

“Cheating husbands have been all over the news talk shows for the past few years. Many women say they don’t understand why women stay with their dogs. My story is about one who did it – me.”

How many children did Loretta and Oliver have?

On November 26, 1948, Loretta and Oliver welcomed their first child together.

Betty Sue Lynn was the first daughter of the late couple’s six children.

Loretta performs with her and Oliver's third child and second son Ernie Lynn


Loretta performs with her and Oliver’s third child and second son Ernie LynnPhoto credit: Getty

On July 29, 2013, Betty died of emphysema at the age of 64 at Loretta’s home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Betty was survived by Loretta and Oliver’s granddaughters, Lynn and Audrey, and their four remaining siblings – Ernie, Cissie, Peggy and Patsy.

On July 22, 1984, Loretta and Oliver experienced tragedy when their first son, Jack, died in a drowning accident at their family home in Hurricane Mills.

Who played Oliver in Coal Miner’s Daughter?

On March 7, 1980, Loretta’s biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter was released in cinemas everywhere.

Directed by James Bond filmmaker Michael Apted, Sissy Spacek portrayed Loretta while Tommy Lee Jones played Oliver.

The Universal Pictures-distributed film, named after Loretta’s hit song of the same name, grossed over $67 million worldwide, which would be over $181 million today.

Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture at the 1981 awards ceremony for his portrayal of Oliver.

What was Oliver’s cause of death?

On August 22, 1996, Mooney died five days short of his 70th birthday.

Buried at his family’s Tennessee home in Hurricane Mills, his cause of death was attributed to diabetes-related health problems and heart failure.

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On October 4, 2022, Loretta died on This Morning at the age of 90 at the aforementioned family estate.

Oliver and Loretta are survived by their four remaining children, their 17 grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.

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