The True Reason for Barbara Mandrell’s Absence

When do you think of the most recognizable female country stars of all time? Who comes to mind? Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Reba McEntire are likely to come to mind, but what about Barbara Mandrell?

During the 1970s and 1980s, Mandrell was among the most popular country performers. She was named Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards twice and received two Grammys.

She decided to retire in 1997, at 48, after performing at the Grand Ole Opry House, and promptly vanished from public view. She hasn’t made many headlines or public appearances in connection with her music career since then; instead, she paints, gardens, and spends time with her family and pets.