Tragic Details About Dolly Parton

Tragic Details About Dolly Parton


There’s no denying that Dolly Parton is an
American institution and a country music legend. But despite her distinguished career as a
singer, writer, actor and director, Dolly has endured an incredible number of challenges
and tragedies throughout her life. From her humble beginnings to her early struggles
to her darkest moments, here’s the tragic real-life story of Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton was born in 1946 in a one-room
cabin in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, the fourth child of an illiterate sharecropper and a
housewife who birthed 12 kids before the age of 35. Life wasn’t exactly easy for the Parton family. The nights were excruciatingly cold, she shared
a bed with her younger siblings and the children often had to wash in a river using soap they
made themselves. But Parton isn’t bitter about her hard-scrabble
roots. In fact, she told People magazine that she’s
grateful for the lessons her parents taught her in thrift and financial responsibility. She said: “No matter how much money I make, I’ll always
count my blessings quicker and more often than I count my money.” Luckily, Parton’s wild and free-ranging childhood
in the Appalachian Mountains has provided endless songwriting inspiration. One of her first big hits, “Coat of Many Colors,”
tells the story of a coat a mother lovingly sews for her daughter out of donated rags. The coat draws mockery from the girl’s schoolmates,
but she knows that, while her family might be short of money, they’re at least rich with
love. It’s no surprise that story has its roots
in Parton’s own childhood. Parton learned to love music thanks to her
mother’s side of the family, and much of her knowledge of gospel, country, and bluegrass
came courtesy of her maternal grandfather, a Pentecostal preacher. “My mother’s people were very musical, so
music was not rare in our family. There were always instruments around, everybody
played some sort of a musical instrument.” Parton started writing songs at the age of
seven, got her first guitar at eight, and began performing on television at 10. The day after she graduated high school, she
left her home in the Appalachian Mountains for Nashville in the hopes of finding fame
in the country music capital of the world. The road to success rarely runs smooth, however,
and Parton, who wanted to record country songs, was shoe-horned by her label into the pop
genre because executives thought her looks and voice were ill-suited to country. It took some time, but she was eventually
allowed to make the kind of music she wanted to, and her debut country single, “Dumb Blonde,”
made it to Number 24 in the charts. After that, the hits kept on coming, and,
in 1967, Monument Records released Hello, I’m Dolly, the album that made it clear once
and for all that Parton was always destined for bluegrass – and not bubblegum. In 1967, following the release of Hello, I’m
Dolly, Parton was hand-picked by Nashville legend Porter Wagoner to appear on his road
show and television variety program. Wagoner was immediately bewitched by the 20-year-old
Parton’s beauty, brains, and talent. She found it more difficult to win over his
fans, however, who were more used to seeing a songstress named Norma Jean by his side. But Norma Jean had bowed out of the show in
order to get married. Parton, meanwhile, didn’t exactly get a warm
welcome during her first few appearances on the show. A number of audience members even greeted
her by chanting Norma Jean’s name. But it didn’t take long for Parton to win
over Wagoner’s most loyal watchers, and it was with her help that The Porter Wagoner
Show rocketed to the top of the television ratings. At the height of their fame, Parton and Wagoner
were drawing a weekly viewership of 3.5 million, and their duets are considered some of the
best coed efforts of the country music genre. This may come as a surprise to fans of Dolly
Parton – and Whitney Houston – but the tear-jerking ballad, “I Will Always Love You,” isn’t really
about a romantic love affair at all, it’s about a professional partnership that had
run its course. In 1974, Parton was 28-years-old and intent
upon pursuing a solo career, but that meant breaking up with her long-time mentor, collaborator,
and friend, Porter Wagoner. She’d been appearing on his television show
for seven years and, for Parton, who had only planned to stay on the show for five years,
it was long past time to go out on her own. Parton believed she had paid her dues, but
Wagoner disagreed. In fact, he was distraught over her decision
to leave and tried to talk her out of it. So Parton tackled the situation the best way
she knew how – by writing a song. After confronting Wagoner, she went home and
wrote “I Will Always Love You.” The next day, she performed it for him, and,
deeply touched, Wagoner agreed to let her go. Although that seems like a nice enough ending
for this story, things didn’t stay so rosy between the two. In fact, Wagoner went on to sue Parton for
breach of contract, and the two feuded for years afterwards before finally calling a
truce and ending up friends. True to the spirit of the song, Parton was
by Wagoner’s side when he died in 2007. Growing up in a large, impoverished family,
Parton often mothered her siblings. Later, when she moved to Nashville to pursue
a singing and songwriting career, she even brought a number of her brothers and sisters
and their children to live with her. And when she married her husband Carl Thomas
Dean in 1966, the two lovebirds talked about having children. According to an interview with Parton in The
Guardian, she and her husband wondered what their kids would be like, threw names around
and dreamed of becoming parents. But nothing happened. Parton’s child-bearing years came and went
and she and Dean eventually faced the fact that they would never have children of their
own. Parton is very much accepting of her childlessness. In fact, she celebrates it. If she’d become a mother, she’s not sure she
would have been able to tour as she has, or become the star she was probably always meant
to be. And now she’s also become a mother figure
to thousands of children all over the world who have the privilege of reading her children’s
books, enjoying her songs meant for young listeners, and benefiting from her charity,
Imagination Library, which has donated more than 100 million free books to kids. Maybe it’s because her first big hit was “Dumb
Blonde,” but for years people dismissed Dolly Parton as something of a small-brained ditz,
enslaved to plastic surgery and obsessed with the spotlight. Even renowned feminist Barbara Walters was
pretty harsh towards Parton in a 1977 interview. “You don’t have to look like this. You’re very beautiful. You don’t have to wear the blonde wig, you
don’t have to wear the extreme clothes, right?” Walters even went so far as to suggest that
Parton was little more than a joke. “But do you ever feel that you’re a joke,
that people make fun of you?” But the thing about Dolly is that she’s really
damn smart. Not only is she funny and brilliant and quick
on her feet, but she also clearly knows how to build an empire from pretty much nothing
– hence her estimated net worth of $500 million. Of course, Parton would be the first to say
that money isn’t everything, which is true. And it’s also true that she never thought
of herself as a pretty girl, so she piles on the makeup and the high hair and pours
herself into high heels to try to enhance what God gave her. But you also can’t argue with the kind of
success she’s achieved, or with her colorful comeback to Barbra Walters’ wrong-headed condescension: “I can afford to piddle around and doo-diddle
around with makeups and clothes and stuff, because I am secure with myself.” For a long time, Parton Parton was infamously
apolitical. She and the very liberal Jane Fonda even made
sure to stay far away from discussing politics while on the set of 9 to 5 in order to keep
the peace. Over time, though, Parton has had politics
thrust upon her, namely in the area of gay rights. Ever since the 80s and 90s, she has been a
gay icon and a go-to for drag queens around the world. Since then, Parton has embraced the gay community
in a myriad of ways, including devoting a special day to the LGBTQ community at her
Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. That move invited the ire of the local chapter
of the Ku Klux Klan, whose members have protested Dollywood’s so-called “Gay Day” and periodically
rattle the singer with threats against her life. Obviously, however, Parton isn’t one to be
intimidated by hate groups. She later told the New York Daily News: “If I was gay, I would have come out of the
closet just a-flying.” Having lived for over eight decades, Dolly
Parton has experienced her fair share of loss. But Perhaps one of the most tragic losses
in a long line of them has been that of her niece, Tever Parton, who died of a drug overdose
at age 36. Dolly had been trying to help Tever overcome
her problems with addiction, and even paid to send her to rehab, but, in the end, the
mother of two succumbed to her substance abuse. Just a month prior to Tever’s death in April
of 2017, Parton saw the passing of her manager, Don Warden, whom she met in 1967 on the set
of The Porter Wagoner Show. Warden died at age 87 of natural causes. Parton responded to Warden’s death with the
perfect line, which, of course, she wrote herself: “I will always love you.” When Dolly Parton opened her country-western
theme park, Dollywood, she did so with history firmly in mind. The land the park stands on has a storied
past, having served as an attraction in the Pigeon Forge area since 1961 when it was the
Rebel Railroad. Parton bought the property in 1986, added
a number of new attractions, and since then Dollywood has become one of America’s most
popular theme parks. But it has also seen a spate of serious injuries,
leading to a number of lawsuits and plenty of bad press. The most recent of these lawsuits was brought
by a mother of two who claims that her experience on the RiverRush water coaster ended with
partial paralyzation. According to TMZ, the woman was propelled
off her seat and stuck her spine on a hard surface. As of 2019, she’s suing Parton for $2 million. Another such case put the spotlight on Dollywood’s
safety record in 2014. A woman fell and struck her head on the pavement
while exiting one of the park’s swing rides. She suffered spinal and neck injuries, as
well as a broken jaw, and sued for $475,000. The two parties settled out of court. Dolly Parton has always been an optimist. And hey, anyone who’s lived her kind of rags-to-riches
story would be. But being an optimist doesn’t mean your life
or your mental health are in perfect condition, and there was a time when she got so low she
contemplated ending it all. This dark period came back in the early eighties
when she had what she later called “an affair of the heart.” Parton has been married to her husband Carl
Dean since 1966, and the emotional cheating she felt she had committed sent her into a
deep depression. According to People magazine, the fall-out
from the affair led her to binge eating, which gave rise to a number of health issues. She was also juggling family drama at the
time, had been receiving random threats against her life, and had just finished a nightmarishly
difficult ordeal on a film project. She even canceled a spate of performances
and bowed out of the entertainment business for two years. At her lowest point, she found herself weighing
up whether or not to take her own life. Then her dog, Popeye, came running up the
stairs, and the pitter-patter of his nails shocked her back to reality. She considers Popeye’s appearance at that
pivotal time as a message from God and credits her own brush with rock bottom with helping
her understand the often desperate plights of others. “I’ve done something good. I’ve done plenty of bad I’m sure. But I just hope that I’ll be remembered
well.” If you or anyone you know is having suicidal
thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

57 thoughts on “Tragic Details About Dolly Parton

  • November 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    7:13 – "Having lived over 8 decades"? Dolly Parton is 73 years old. Who's writing this crap? F_ck Man !!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    we love Dolly! Success is having friends and people you care about. She can have my lunch anytime! All the good she has done for others around her, she has spread her blessings.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    What’s tragic.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    Everything is a bloody tragedy with you people,
    Who hasn't had one or more, and how else ya suppose to get off the planet.
    You people suck.

    Dd

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    She is loved in ALL of Tn.!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Still smash. She is beautiful. She don't need to have such low self-esteem

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    I wake up jerk off thinking of her and then come to youtube and see a recently video about her , weird …

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    https://youtu.be/xQ5vQx4SaEk

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Can you make a Video about tatu?
    The russian fake lesbian pop duo that shocked the world with a kiss in 2002?

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    Just because Dollywood hosts a Gay Day, doesn’t mean it’s anything to do with politics.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Big tits

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    Was the house wife illiterate

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Not a fan of country music, &thinks she sings like a chipmunk threw her nose. But believe she must be
    a smart woman.to have come so far, and I respect her for that. Also she appears to be a nice person with a good heart and a great sense of humor.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    This title made me think she died 😡

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Her wigs used to be so huge🤣🤣🤣

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    As far as Barbara Walters (Baba Wawa) is concerned, she will NEVER have the heart and compassion of Dolly!! Nor have I ever heard of her giving back to her community!! Dolly is a true gem and I have loved her music since I was a little kid! My mom always had on the country music on the radio and Dolly and Loretta Lynn were my favorites!! I never got to meet Dolly but around 2012 I was blessed to meet Loretta. I worked at a motel in Georgia and she was gonna be playing at the state fair. I was so shocked and honored to meet her in our kind of family room while I was cleaning it. She was sitting by the fireplace relaxing before her concert and I was able to shake her hand and let her know what an inspiration she was to me! I only wish that Patsy Cline had been around as long as Dolly and Loretta because I still sing her music today at karaoke!! God bless the beautiful legends of country music!!❤️❤️❤️

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    She knocked Chet Atkins' Gretch guitar over and broke it.
    That was pretty tragic for Chet.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    Have you ever seen Dolly Parton’s shoes?

    Neither has she.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    May God bless Dolly Parton, she is a great person

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    👍👍👍💞💞💞

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Didn’t need the gay agenda in the vid. Unsubscribed

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    Is dolly parton herself still alive and well or did she pass away the video itself is unclear😨🤔😨

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    I was crazy about her looks, circa "Nine To Five"…..after that plastic surgery, not so much.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    dicke titten

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    These old hairdos kind of freaked me out.😱😱😱 What did she do Yank a bee's nest out of a tree and glue it onto her head.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    What an icon

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Are there any country music artists more influential than Dolly Parton?

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    I've always loved Dolly and I'm a rock fan. I don't care how much surgery she's had or whatever her past, she's a true humble country legend. 🙂

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    What's with the interviews you canr hear them

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    I love Dolly!! She's never fake about where she came from, plus she truly does care about people and kids. Everytime my babies go to the doctor, they get a book from Dolly! Love you Dolly, you keep on being you and we'll keep on loving you!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    11 people have no taste in music or music appreciation

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    It's been said she was One of Jack Ruby's Girls… Hello Dollies!!?!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    She is fantastic!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    She said once; ” If you knew how expensive it is to look this cheap!”😂

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    Well on Top of Ol Smokys… She Owns Stone Mountain at one time in Atlanta Georgia and had A New Sky Lift… She's on top of the World.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Audio is broken in some parts

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Wagner was holding here back. Case in point everyone knows dolly, how many know Porter Wagner.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    I am sorry that Dolly had such a hard time with management and media. I think they were stupid. I appreciate that Dolly dresses so flashy, I like it. My mother, when she went out to an event, dressed in sequins. I think it's fun to dress up when one goes out! Although, I don't like the spike high heels. I think they are too rough on the feet. But, I find that short people tend to wear higher heels. Why is that? I also never minded that Dolly wore wigs. I found that quite appropriate in that line of business. It must be pretty hard to stay clean, and get your hair all fussed up all the time. That's a lot of work and a lot of time. So, I didn't mind dolly pulling her hair natural hair back and putting on a wig to save hours of time. I am sorry Dolly had rough mental times. I find that very sad for someone that has worked so hard and given so many people so many hours of pleasure. I do find it troubling, however, that people who have active careers feel the need to have children. I don't think the two match. Having children is just as much work as having a flourishing career. Who in the world can do 2 full times jobs like that and stay sane? I don't mind if you don't have children for the sake of your career, that you like. There are plenty of other people that are parent pathed.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    while i don’t really enjoy her music, i can’t deny how influential and great of a person she is! 💘

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    Dolly is a beautiful woman inside and outside. Clinton, take a lesson.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Dolly has a genuinely beautiful soul ❤️❤️

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    5:41 ???

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    Man I still remember in my childhood I was playing JOLENE every morning before school . Dammn time flies

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Dolly is awesome always has been always will be.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Fantastic Singer, Great Actress, And a Really Fine Entertainer one of the best ever.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    Dolly had the most beautiful rack ever!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    dolly will always be the real deal to me!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    I dont dare to call the suicide line since i heard Ted Bundy used to work there! :O

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    She had true reason to write country songs.
    If you play a country music record backwards you get your job back, your wife back, the dog lives, new pickup truck…..maybe it is the devil?

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    Anyone else can't hear the interviews?

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    Titty Parton

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Not much of a country music fan, but Dolly and Crystal Gayle are both legendary. 🎶

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Awesome talented lady who will be never forgotten. According to Bankrate.com, Dolly Parton's current net worth is estimated at $500 million. Sure, that's a massive number, but the Tennessee native has worked her entire life to get where she is today. Parton's country music career started early.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    You are completely mis-representing the 1977 Barbara Walters interview.
    The whole thing is on youtube. Watch it.
    Walters even says in the intro for the interview (after it was conducted): "I'm crazy about Dolly Parton!"

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    I love dolly. Such a funny, smart, talented, gracious woman. Such an awesome lady.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    Leave Dolly alone.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    She needs jesus

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