K.T. Oslin, Late Country Star, Appeared in River Phoenix’s Final Film

by Madison Miller
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The movie “The Thing Called Love” had a number of legendary country artists making a Hollywood appearance. K.T. Oslin played Lucy, who was the owner of the Bluebird Cafe in the film.

Oslin Plays Lucy

The “Hold Me,” “80’s Ladies,” and “Come Next Monday” singer passed away on Monday at the age of 78. She battled Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19.

Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO, released a statement remembering Oslin.

“K.T. Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women with her hit ’80’s Ladies’. I was fortunate to work with K.T. on a number of television shows in the late 90s. She was always gracious to the crews and up-and-coming talent performing alongside her. She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time,” Trahern said, according to CNN.

In addition to being a country star, K.T. Oslin was a trained theater actress. She was made appearances on television prior to taking part in the 1993 movie.

“The Thing Called Love” is about a young singer who moves to Nashville to find success. She takes part in a country music audition at the Bluebird Cafe. She becomes friends with a number of aspiring musicians. The movie is also a tale of love, as Miranda Presley deals with a proposal during her songwriter journey.

Trisha Yearwood plays herself in the film as well.

K.T. Oslin in TV and Film

Both Sandra Bullock and River Phoenix play key roles in the film. It was the last film that he would appear in before drug overdose just a few months after the film’s release.

According to The Boot, the film was a bit of a flop and many people disregard it as a part of Bullock’s filmography. The late-summer opening did not lead to massive box office success.

However, it does stand out now as a way to remember and celebrate the diverse career of K.T. Oslin.

Starting in 1993, the Grammy-winning artist took a break from creating music in favor of pursuing her other talent in acting. She appeared in “Murder So Sweet” and made appearances on shows like “The Carol Burnett Show.”

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