Dolly Parton

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I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
But above all this, I wish you love.

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.

Quotes[edit]

  • A lot of people get all turned off by the wig, the heels, the fingernails, the whole artificial bit. I do dress kinda pretty but old-fashioned. I think maybe I dress this way partly because of the image, you know, and partly because when I was a little girl growing up in a big old poor family, this was the way that the rich folks' wives dressed, when we'd see them drivin' through in their big old cars. As for the 'real me.' Well, under this wig, my own hair is about the same length and color, and I wear it about the same. But sometimes I'll dress up in a baggy old shirt and go out with my husband in a camper or something, just havin' ourselves a good time, and nobody recognizes me.
    • Interview with Roger Ebert, 7 December, 1980[1]
  • I just depend on a lot of prayer and meditation. I believe that without God I am nobody, but that with God, I can do anything.
    • Interview with Roger Ebert, 7 December, 1980[1]
  • My nails are my rhythm section, when I'm writing a song all alone. Some day, I may cut an album, just me and my nails.
    • Interview with Roger Ebert, 7 December, 1980[1]
  • The way I dress, for the most part, is how most people would dress for a costume party. It would scare most people to death to look this cheap or whore-y, but to me, I’m comfortable. The way I look was really a country girl’s idea of what glamour was. I patterned my look after the town tramp. I thought she was the prettiest thing in the world, with all that bleached hair and bright-red lipstick. People would say, ‘Oh, she’s just trash,’ and I’d think, ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up.'
    • Dolly Parton interview with Rolling Stone magazine, October 30, 2003[2]
  • Even when I’m writing a modern song, I’ll find myself pulling stuff from those days before I ever left home, the days of Mama and Daddy and my grandmas and grandpas, and church days. All I ever have to do is close my eyes and just kind of go inside.
    • Dolly Parton interview with Rolling Stone magazine, October 30, 2003[2]
  • I look so totally artificial, but I’ve always been the simplest person in the world.
    • Dolly Parton interview with Rolling Stone magazine, October 30, 2003[2]
  • I think that if I am smart in business, it’s just that I’m smart about who I am. I know what I can, can’t, will and won’t do, and if I have to be strict about that, I will.
    • Dolly Parton interview with Rolling Stone magazine, October 30, 2003[2]
  • It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.
    • Dolly Parton interview with Vanity Fair magazine, November 2012[3]
  • We [at Dollywood] don’t try to shove anything down anybody’s throat. We are very open. So many of my businesspeople and my best friends are different faiths, and I work with them, live with them, love them. The gays and lesbians, they come to our parks. I think people just know I’m a very open and accepting person. And in any religion we’re supposed to be that—we’re supposed to be kind...we’re not supposed to pass judgment. Our Bible says, ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged,’ and I believe in all those kinds of things. We’re all God’s children. No matter how we try to get to heaven, we all wanna go there. We just have our own routes to take, and that’s how I look at it.
    • Interview with Victoria Bekiempis for Newsweek, August 28, 2015[4]

Song lyrics[edit]

  • I hope life treats you kind
    And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
    And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
    But above all this, I wish you love.
    • I Will Always Love You from the album Jolene
  • If I should stay,
    I would only be in your way.
    So I'll go, but I know
    I'll think of you ev'ry step of the way.

    And I will always love you.
    I will always love you.

    • I Will Always Love You from the album Jolene
  • Now Momma's done away with the old black kettle she used to cook in when I was just little
    And the door ain't sprung on her electric range
    That little old farm and home we had it ain't there no more and that's too bad
    Folks are doing away with the simple things...
    • Old Black Kettle from the Tennessee Mountain Home album
  • They didn't understand it and I tried to make them see
    That one is only poor only if they choose to be
    Now I know we had no money but I was rich as I could be
    In my coat of many colors that Momma made for me
    Made just for me...
    • Coat of Many Colors from the album of the same name
  • You can have your choice of men but I could never love again
    He's the only one for me Jolene
    I have to have this talk with you
    My happiness depends on you and whatever
    You decide to do Jolene...
    • Jolene from the album of the same name

Quotes about Parton[edit]

  • Dolly’s big in Iceland. Her voice is immaculate, really powerful. Her character is so warm and human, and she has a great sense of humor. All my friends love Dolly, and most of them are people who would never listen to country music. It doesn’t happen very often when you get a character that is sort of larger than life. I don’t like rock music, but I like Kurt Cobain. He could be playing any style of music and I would have been interested. You know? And I think Dolly is like that. She is an incredible singer, an incredible songwriter.
    • Bjork on Dolly Parton in Rolling Stone magazine, October 30, 2003[2]
  • This will sound crazy, but when I was interviewing Dolly Parton, I almost felt like she had healing powers.
    • Gene Siskel, as told to Roger Ebert[1]
  • She seemed astonishingly unaffected. It was a bizarre contrast. She looks like a totally artificial creation, with the amazing blond wig and the 6-inch skyscraper heels and the bosom that makes her, no doubt, the unchallenged record holder and defending champion at Frederick's of Hollywood. Then she walks up to you and says, "Hi! I'm Dolly Parton!" The introduction is as unnecessary as if, say, John Wayne had walked up and said, "Hi! I'm John Wayne!" What is the proper response? "Yes, of course you are”?
    Dolly Parton spent about half an hour shaking everybody's hand and leaving behind a wake of people telling each other, "Gee, she's really nice," as if, well, as if somehow she shouldn't have been. There is a way in which we behave in public, in situations with a lot of strangers that implies a level of polite, subtle hostility. We are reserved. We check out the room for traps and hazards. We are uncomfortable, confronted with a hundred unfamiliar faces. What Dolly did was to come in with her brash, unaffected personality and sweep away all that paranoia in a rush of good will. It left everybody standing around afterward feeling a little goofy.
    • Interview with Roger Ebert, 7 December, 1980[1]

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References[edit]

  1. a b c d e Roger, Ebert (7 December, 1980). Dolly Parton: Gee, She’s So Nice. Roger Ebert.com.
  2. a b c d e Dunn, Janice (28 August, 2015). Interview: Dolly Parton. Rolling Stone.
  3. https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2012/11/dolly-parton-proust-questionnaire
  4. Bekiempis, Victoria (28 August, 2015). Dolly Parton talks about her ‘Judge not, lest you be judged’ philosophy. Newsweek.