Dolly Parton says her childhood is “what keeps me strong.”
Dolly Parton, 75, recently sat down with Marina O’Loughlin, a British restaurant critic. However, this meeting isn’t to discuss food. Luckily, this allows Dolly Parton to fill her fans in on some of her life events. For example, the duo begins their interview by speaking about what life is like during the coronavirus quarantine. Any fan of Dolly’s has an easy time imagining the star dressed to the nines. Notably, O’Loughlin states that Dolly “doesn’t look her age.”
The Country megastar begins discussing lockdown. “It’s always difficult to be locked down for any reason. I’m a free bird- I have to be able to do whatever I feel, whenever I feel like doing it,” explains Dolly Parton. However, the time away from the rest of the world is fruitful. Dolly says, “So I wrote a lot of songs and got a lot of business done, safely and partly.” Consequently, this statement lends itself to the reason why O’Loughlin is meeting with Dolly. Remarkably, Dolly Parton wants to discuss her book, Songteller, her Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, and her Netflix Christmas movie, Christmas on the Square.
She does her part to make the world a better place.
All of this to say that Dolly Parton is a force to reckoned with. Fans of Dolly know that she is the epitome of a “rags-to-riches” story. Born in 1946, she is the fourth child of twelve. She quite literally grew up in a holler in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. Interestingly enough, her parents paid the doctor that delivered her with a sack of oats. “I love the fact that I have a rags-to-riches story. I love that I feel like Cinderella. I take a lot of pride in that.” Seemingly, one of the many reasons people adore Dolly Parton is her story. “I draw from my childhood. That’s what keeps me strong.” Rightfully so, Dolly says, “I’m not ashamed of any part of my life.”
Dolly Parton gets back to speaking about what life after COVID-19 might be like. It seems she is optimistic that things will get better. “When life kinda gets back to normal, I”m thinking we’re going to be better people. We’re going to try a little harder. I have to believe that. I think we’ll be better after this is all over.”
Notably, Dolly Parton is a part of many efforts to make life for others better. One of those efforts is her charity, Imagination Library. Imagination Library donates books to children. However, her most recent effort to make headlines is her $1 million donations to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to research coronavirus research. It seems to come as a surprise to everyone, but Moderna name drops that their work is supported by “the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund.”
And she isn’t going anywhere (until she has to).
With so much going on, it seems that Dolly Parton has no intentions of slowing down. Well, that assumption is right. “I don’t know why I’d ever want to stop. Especially after you get older, you need things to do. I’d rather wear out than rust out. You only have one life. No, I won’t retire.” However, Dolly seems aware that things happen in life. “I might pull back if my husband’s not well or if I’m physically not well. But I’d never do it for any other reason.” That logic seems to be the solid foundation of why Dolly Parton is the formidable businesswoman she is.
Dolly Parton fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, knowing that she will keep doing life in true Dolly fashion as long as she is able. Be sure to check out all of Dolly Parton’s latest endeavors and check back with Country Music Alley for more Country music news.