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I love Dolly Parton

I heard her on NPR recently.  She was asked how she invented the "look" she's made famous:
I patterned myself after this woman that was the town tramp back home. She had blond hair and high heels and red fingernails and lips, and to me she was like what movie stars were to other kids. We'd see her, and I'd say, "Oh, look, she's got plastic goldfish in her heels!" and my mama would say, "She ain't nothin' but trash, nothin' but trash," and I thought, "Ooh, that's what I'm gonna be when I grow up — trash!"
I also love NPR for doing interviews that go beyond the typical questions.

(Oh, when asked if she'd consider getting into politics she said "the Whitehouse doesn't need more boobs")


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I love Dolly Parton too -- I think my most favorite quote of hers is "I'm not offended by dumb blond jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blond."

The last interview I heard of hers was also on NPR several months back, she's a hoot. Fantastic storyteller :)

I guess we're a bunch of inveterate NPR listeners (I know I am). I heard her some time in the last few months telling the story of how she wrote the song "Jolene." The most beautiful red haired little girl was waiting to meet her after a concert and Ms. Parton asked her name, it was Jolene. She liked the name a lot and told the little girl "someday I'm going to write a song about you, and when you hear it you'll know it's about you." Then years later there was this very beautiful red haired bank teller who used to flirt with Dolly's husband, she had a terrible crush on him. He loved going to the bank and getting all that attention. It became a joke between Dolly and her husband. That's why in the song she begs Jolene not to take her man.

It's a great example of an interesting creative process.

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