Patsy Cline historian to have book signing June 18

Published 12:09 am Sunday, June 8, 2008

NATCHEZ — When Ellis Nassour enters Turning Pages Book Store for his book signing on June 18 it will be a homecoming of sorts. Not to the store in particular but to Natchez.

Although Nassour is a native of Vicksburg, Natchez holds a special place in his heart because it was a special place for his mother. His mother lived several years in St. Mary’s Orphanage in Natchez before returning to her home in Jackson.

“My maternal grandmother had 10 or 11 children and the youngest three were sent to the orphanage,” Nassour said. “My mom lived in Natchez from the time she was 6 or 7 until she was a teenager and old enough to return home to help her family.”

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Nassour will be in Natchez to sign copies of his book “Updated Edition of Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline” which was released on June 1.

The book is an update to the original book released in 1981 and includes several new stories about Cline’s life as well as a third gallery of photos.

Nassour said one of the most intriguing additions to the book are the stories of two separate women who believe that their father was the actual birth father of Cline.

One woman claiming to be the half-sister to Cline is distantly related to Prince Albert.

“If this woman’s claim is true that would make Patsy a princess and maybe that is why she like to wear a tiara on stage,” Nassour said. “She really might have been the Princess of Country Music.”

Nassour will be at Turning Pages in downtown Natchez from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 18.

He will also host a reading and discussion of the updated book at the Southern Heritage Cultural Foundation in Vicksburg at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13.