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Dolly Parton is a country icon who has just branched out into the rock world with her album Rockstar. Yet, she is sharing the “depressing” side of Hollywood. At least, that was how she felt about it. So, what did the musical legend have to say? Read on for more details.
Dolly Parton On ‘Depressing’ Side Of Hollywood
The one thing about Dolly Parton is that she always seems to light up a room. She has this positive energy and a zest for life. That is probably why she got a bunch of iconic singers to collaborate with her on Rockstar. However, she is also very honest and does not hold back. She loves Nashville and that is where her theme park, Dollywood is located. Yet, according to Whiskey Riff, the one place she finds utterly depressing is Hollywood. What exactly about it did not sit right with her, especially since she starred in some of the hottest films of all time?
Fans may recall she was in Steel Magnolias, 9 to 5, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Yet, Dolly recalled her not-so-fond Hollywood experiences in her book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics:
“I think being in Hollywood opened up a whole other world for me as a songwriter. I always thought that Hollywood was this great, glamorous place — a Disneyland with all the stars you see on TV. It was a real eye-opener the first time I went there. It was the most depressed place I’d ever seen. Down on Hollywood Boulevard there were all these people on the streets, homeless people and pitiful, crazy nuts running around. Oh my Lord, it was just a horrible setting.”
Dolly Parton even noted that she has the chance to upgrade her living arrangements at times. Unfortunately, she still bore witness to those who would do anything and everything to achieve their lifelong dreams. That seemed to be the bitter pill to swallow. Though she grew up with basically nothing, she was still aware of what was going on around her.
One thing Hollywood may have taught Dolly is how to constantly give back. She donates books, as well as to these organizations: Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Save the Music Foundation, the Boot Campaign, and more. Parton is so passionate about giving back and ensuring that people have all of the opportunities they can that Hollywood never jaded her. She may be a fashionista with long nails, makeup, and big hair but her heart is even bigger.
What do you think of Dolly’s Hollywood recollection? Do you think it really helped shape her into the woman that she is today? Let us know in the comments below.