On Jan. 21, 1957, Patsy Cline, a feisty young singer from Virginia, was sitting on top of the world. She had just wowed a national TV audience on a popular variety program, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, with her dynamic performance of "Walkin' After Midnight." Patsy had become an overnight sensation, and Godfrey himself proclaimed: "There is surely stardust on you, Patsy Cline!"
But her personal life was another story. Though married to Gerald Cline, Patsy - whose real name was Virginia Hensley - had started seeing a man named Charlie Dick, whom she had met in a dance hall. "Gerald and I had a good marriage, as marriages go," Patsy once revealed. "My problem was I don't think I knew what love was."
Her husband, though, was truly in love. He had even watched Patsy's appearance on the Talent Scouts show and was happy for her success. But he also could not live with the notion that Patsy was two-timing him - and waited until her TV triumph to get back at her. On Jan. 23, 1957 - days after the TV performance - Gerald Cline walked into the Frederick, Md., courthouse and filed for divorce.
The divorce was ultimately granted. Patsy married Charlie Dick Sept. 15, 1957, at the home of Patsy's mother in Winchester, Va.