Dolly Parton on Dollywood, her roots, her closet, and fame
It's hard, even, for its namesake to believe it but "Dollywood" in Pigeon Forge, TN is celebrating 30 years in business.
"It feels like maybe 15, not 30. I knew when we opened that I wanted it to be successful. I remember the first year we opened I was so scared that nobody would come," Dolly Parton told us recently.
Now the park is always packed and a new resort called DreamMore will open on the property this summer.
At almost 70 years old, the all-time reigning queen of country music and the most honored female country performer of all time isn't slowing down one bit. She's still making music. Still performing. Still as busy as ever.
WBTV's Kristen Miranda spent time with Ms. Parton at Dollywood on a day that she gave a special concert for family, friends and supporters of Dollywood. It was an anniversary celebration.
"They tell me we're the number one music park now," Parton told the crowd.
Inside the museum that houses her awards and costumes and depicts important moments in her career and famous friendships through photos, Ms. Parton told Kristen about her humble roots, which songs mean the most to her, her relationship with fellow performer and collaborator Kenny Rogers, and why her fans are so important to her. She even talked about whether she ever has a day when she just sits around in sweat pants and doesn't look as glamorous as the way we all see her.
"They aren't sweat pants but I call them my baby clothes....if I am home by myself and writing sometimes I just don't fool with it. I don't look in the mirror though because if I do I tell myself to go do something," Ms. Parton said.
Dolly Parton will be performing four shows over two days at Dollywood in early August. Each is a fundraiser for her children's reading program.
To see Kristen's full interview with Dolly Parton, click on the video on this page.
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