Dolly Parton on “Coat of Many Colors,” Faith and Marriage

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Dolly Parton Dishes on 50th Wedding Anniversary Plans: ‘We’re Going to Get in Our RV and Go on a Honeymoon’.

Dolly Parton’s big Hollywood premiere for her NBC movie, “Coat of Many Colors,” premieres next Thursday, but it’s another celebration — her marriage milestone with her husband, Carl Dean, that she should really be getting kudos for.

She remains in life as she does in memory, the Dolly we have always known, the blonde bombshell with the famously top-heavy hourglass figure and the seductively girlish voice. But as for their post-wedding plans. … Dolly says, “We’re going to get in our RV and go on a honeymoon.” “The Insider With Yahoo” correspondent Ke “Dolly Parton Opens Up About Inspiration Behind New NBC TV Movie, ‘Coat of Many Colors’” is categorized as “entertainment”.

And with her music, movies and philanthropy, she continues to express her profound gratitude for somehow having escaped the grinding poverty of her hillbilly childhood to become one of the world’s greatest stars. “It was a hard life, a family with no money,” she tells Parade. “But we had a lot of the important stuff that money don’t buy you anyway.” It is the “important stuff”, she says, that still matters most to her. The hit song from 1971 tells the story of how Parton’s mother stitched her a coat from rags because the family was too poor for store-bought finery. On her first day in Music City, while washing her dirty clothes at the Wishy Washy Laundromat on Wedgewood Ave., not far from Nashville’s fabled Music Row, Parton met handsome, 22-year-old Carl Dean. In the years since they married, Parton went on to sell more than 100 million albums, receive two Oscar nominations, a Tony nod and 46 Grammy nominations. Despite her fame and huge success in business, music, TV and movies, Parton insists that the most important things in life are “love and faith.” She tries to express them through her Dollywood Foundation, named after her amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which gets around 2.5 million visitors annually, and also through the extraordinary work of her Imagination Library, a charity that provides free monthly books to 750,000 little children around the world.

Her childhood hardship the importance love and faith are the subjects of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, the new family movie premiering Dec. 10 on NBC. In this day, in this high-tech world, people have so many other things that seem more interesting than God or Christ, like another fantasy from some videogame. I’d give anything if parents could have their children [watch]—not because it’s me, but because this story really shows what life and families used to be like.

Kids just say, “Oh, I don’t believe all that.” It bothers me that my own little nieces and nephews don’t go to church like we used to, or that they don’t really get taught anything. Hopefully, this movie will bring a little bit of that back if families can get the kids off of their cell phones and computers long enough to sit down and watch a movie. I wrote a song called “Don’t Make Me Have to Come Down There.” It’s about God standing on a mountain and pointing at us and saying, “My children, you’d best beware. We’re trying to figure out if we’re going to have a wedding, have some sort of thing at the house with family and friends, and maybe go on another honeymoon where we went before.

I’m happy when I’m on stage, I’m happy when things are going great in the business, but I’m also very happy when I’m home with him and we do our little things together. It says, “No amount of money could buy from me the memories that I have of then, but no amount of money could pay me to go back and live through it again.”

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