Dolly Parton

Friday, January 13, 2012

Dolly Parton talks about her career as a singer and actress. She's starred in "Steel Magnolias" and "Nine to Five," and her latest role is in the film “Joyful Noise.” She plays one of the leading ladies in the Divinity Church Choir in Pacashau, Georgia, who wants to update the choir’s traditional style. “Joyful Noise” opens January 13.


Dolly Parton

Comments [23]

Peter Talbot from Harrison, NJ

I am repeatedly amazed at just how smart, and how aggressive this lady is. She has great and multifarious talents, brilliant estimates (low ones to be sure) of the entertainment business and she clearly turned Leonard to lightly salted butter. She's learned to hide her claws (her treatment of Porter was downright kind), and laugh off her flaws for the most part. But what awes me is that she clearly still has more testoserone than most professional football teams. I would not want to see Dolly behind the wheel in my rear view mirror on a Highway in Nashville.

Jan. 19 2012 10:13 AM
SKV from NYC

Dolly Parton has commented about why her planned television show about a gospel singer was never produced, saying "Everybody's afraid to touch anything that's religious because most of the people out there [in Hollywood] are Jewish, and it's a frightening thing for them to promote Christianity."

If that were true, how did this movie ever get made?

Jan. 15 2012 12:06 PM
clive betters

if john[from the office] and becky[the truth] had a kid,we would not need to clone neanderthals.

Jan. 13 2012 03:01 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Hmm - "you people"? Wow...

Jan. 13 2012 01:30 PM
The Truth from Becky

You people are way too sensitive.

Jan. 13 2012 12:46 PM
john from office

Becky, that was racist, why because she is black???

Remember she is a crackhead!
Crack is Wack!

Jan. 13 2012 12:39 PM
The Truth from Becky

I prefer Whitney Houston's rendition of I Will Always Love You.

Jan. 13 2012 12:35 PM

Leonard this must be one of your favorite days at work!!!! What a treat, I so appreciate it

Jan. 13 2012 12:35 PM
A listener

[[The Truth from Becky
Did she say there were so many "Blacks" in the movie...typical southerner, ignorant...hey Dolly the Blacks are listening!! Jan. 13 2012 12:23 PM]]

You're too sensitive.

Jan. 13 2012 12:32 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Becky, are you one of those paternalistic non-"blacks" - generalizing and stereotyping and entire group with your "typical southerner" quip.

I prefer someone be themselves and say "blacks" if that's what they use in private, as opposed to the more forced "African-American" which usually comes out in a way that sounds patronizing.

Jan. 13 2012 12:32 PM
Michelle from Brooklyn

Dolly, I couldn't admire you more!!! Like so many others have said, I find you such an inspiration and surce of joy and love.

Jan. 13 2012 12:31 PM

Looooooove you, Dolly!!!

Jan. 13 2012 12:31 PM
Dennis Decker from Harlem NY

Back in the late 70's I was just starting as a 23 year old Pan Am flight attendant and we had Dolly in First class from Honolulu to Auckland.. Even though I was working the back, the more senior flight attendants let me serve her breakfast because they knew how much I loved her. She was so sweet and made me blush, asking if she could keep me. After all these years Dolly, I'm still waiting!

Jan. 13 2012 12:28 PM
john from office

Becky, cut the lady some slack. She has had a hard life.

Jan. 13 2012 12:26 PM
madhu from Bronx, NY

Dolly, is it true that Elvis wanted to record "I will Always Love You"? And did you really turn him down because he wanted the publishing?

Jan. 13 2012 12:23 PM
The Truth from Becky

Did she say there were so many "Blacks" in the movie...typical southerner, ignorant...hey Dolly the Blacks are listening!!

Jan. 13 2012 12:23 PM
Howard Tarplin from South Orange, NJ

One more thing: funny that her character is named GG Sparrow in the movie. Dolly put out a wonderful bluegrass-oriented CD called 'Little Sparrow.' A gorgeous record.

Jan. 13 2012 12:21 PM
Charles Imbimbo

I'm not really a big follower of country music, but I love Dolly! She's so genuine and inspirational and a real talent!

Jan. 13 2012 12:19 PM
Howard Tarplin from South Orange, NJ

I Love Dolly! What an amazing talent and personality. I admire her so very much.



Jan. 13 2012 12:11 PM
The Truth from Becky

Dana may not have been "signed on" and he may have written it with you in mind when they presented it to you but she (Queen Latifah) IS the headliner.

Jan. 13 2012 12:11 PM
Anastasia Andrzejewski

So excited! I love Dolly!!!! Can't wait until noon!

Jan. 13 2012 10:57 AM
Carol from Brooklyn

Dolly, Thanks so much for your Imagination Library. For those not familiar with the program, Dolly has partnered with local jurisdictions to send wonderful books once a month to any kid who enrolls in the program. She includes reading tips for parents and some notes about the selection of each book. It's amazing, generous, and one of the greatest gifts I can imagine to many kids, my own included. We are big Dolly Parton fans at our house!

Jan. 13 2012 10:56 AM
Betty Anne from LES

Can you ask Dolly if she will be back on Broadway anytime soon?

Jan. 13 2012 10:53 AM

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