Louise Mandrell is a country music entertainer, recording artist, musi- cian and actress who began her ca- reer in the 1970’s. During her career she recorded 16 albums that be- came top 40 hits during the 1980’s. In 1980, the television show, Bar- bara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sis- ters , premiered on NBC. Louise and her younger sister Irlene co-hosted the show that featured the sisters’ multi-instrumental talents, musical guests and comedy sketches. Louise was signed with RCA records from 1981 to 1988. From 1992 to 1994, she headlined at the 4,000 seat Grand Palace Theater in Bran- son, MO, where she shared the stage with Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Sawyer Brown, her sister Barbara, and many other famous country artists. On September 12, 1997 Louise opened her own theater, The Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, which was the most attended show in the Smoky Mountains. In 2012, she performed the leading role in the musical Calamity Jane at the Roger Rocka’s Theater in Fresno, CA and re- prised the role from July – Septem- ber 2019. Louise said, “Playing the role Calamity Jane was the most fun I have ever had.” In 1993, Louise married John Hay- wood and moved into their first Cheatham County home together on their 425-acre Haywood Hills farm. John has a long history of ties to Cheatham County. His uncle, Dr. Jack Glover, was the local physician and coached boys basketball in the 1930’s and 1940’s. His mother and aunts were raised in Ashland City on Boyd Street and were the daugh- ters of J.W. Nicholson, who was the postmaster and descendant of Judge John Haywood, an historian known as the “Father of Tennessee History and the Common Law of Tennessee,” in- Cheatham County Connection
cluding stories of Cheatham County in his history books. In 2019, Louise and John began building their “dream home” on 43 acres that overlooks the Cumberland River and Cheatham County’s beau- tiful countryside. Louise loves to make her way around town visiting local stores and meeting new peo- ple. When she isn’t on the road, she spends a lot of time with her belov- ed granddaughter, Larkin, which has fondly given her the name “Momma Lou.” All of Larkin’s friends know her as Momma Lou and this has been her most loved role yet.
“No matter where you work, it is a short drive to Nashville,” Louise stated. “I have close friends who moved here shortly after I did. Liv- ing in a friendly, small-town setting and having Nashville as a neighbor, with all the entertainment you can possibly imagine, is very inviting.” Discover Cheatham DiscoverCheathamCounty.org
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