Sissy Spacek (Loretta Lynn): One of the most respected actresses of her generation, Texas native Spacek, 63, had a breakthrough role playing the telekinetic title character in Carrie (1976). She has been nominated for the best actress Oscar six times, winning once, for Coal Miner's Daughter. She has acted steadily since 1973's Badlands, where she met her husband of 38 years, Jack Fisk. They have two daughters. Spacek was most recently seen in The Help (2011). Her drama Deadfall was released on DVD last month.
Tommy Lee Jones (Doolittle Lynn): Also a Texas native, Jones, 66, has been nominated for the Oscar four times, including this year for Lincoln; he won the best supporting actor trophy for The Fugitive (1993). A Harvard grad who roomed with a future vice president, Al Gore, Jones will be seen onscreen next as Gen. Douglas MacArthur in The Emperor, opening in limited release Friday. In October comes Malavita, opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer; after that is The Homesman, which Jones is writing and directing, with Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank and Tim Blake Nelson.
Levon Helm (Tedd Webb, Loretta's father): Known mostly as the drummer for The Band, Helm, who died last year at age 71, had a notable acting career that began with playing Loretta's father in Coal Miner's Daughter (even though he was only nine years older than Spacek). He also appeared in The Right Stuff (1983) and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) which Tommy Lee Jones directed and starred in.
Beverly D'Angelo (Patsy Cline): Ohio native D'Angelo, 61, is best known for playing wife Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation movies. Mostly she has had small roles in TV and film but recently had a recurring role in Entourage as Ari's business partner Barbara.
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Michael Apted (director): British director Apted, 72, is best known for his work on the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999) and the acclaimed Up Series of documentaries that has followed the lives of 14 Britons from the age of 7; the series released 56 Up last year.
Sources: Imdb.com, published reports