Dolly Parton's most memorable moments

musicals Jan 20, 2020

It seems that everywhere you'll find a member of Dolly Parton's growing fan club. The self-deprecating star, who famously said 'it costs a lot of money to look this cheap', continues to leave an impact on the music industry. With 47 Grammy nominations – tying with Bruce Springsteen for the most Grammy nominations ever – it's no surprise that this pocket rocket (she stands at less than 5 feet tall) is loved by so many. Here, we've rounded up some of our favourite Dolly moments.

1. Her brief stint as a rapper

We all know that Dolly Parton is the undisputed Queen of Country, but she’s not afraid to dive into another genre. Dolly went on The Queen Latifah Show to demonstrate her rapping chops. She probably won’t be (and honestly, shouldn’t be) releasing a rap album any time soon but her performance was certainly entertaining. Our favourite line has got to be ‘'Miley I've got your wrecking balls right here’.

2. Her Jolene duet with Miley Cyrus

Dolly Parton mentioning Miley in her rap verse isn’t totally out of character – she gets a free pass to poke fun at Miley. After all, Dolly Parton is actually Miley’s godmother (or fairy godmother, as Dolly likes to call herself). Needless to say, this long-awaited duet that was loved by both Dolly and Miley fans alike.

3. Her philanthropic efforts

Although not a singular moment, Dolly Parton’s contributions with The Dolly Parton Foundation shouldn’t be forgotten. Dolly has contributed to many charitable causes since the 80s, with a strong focus on literacy. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails one book per month to each child from birth until they enter kindergarten. This program has supported almost 850,000 children across the world, including Australia.

4. Dolly The Sheep

This isn’t exactly a Dolly Parton moment, but it’s certainly iconic. Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be successfully cloned twenty-four years ago. Parton and the sheep sharing their name isn’t a coincidence – the scientists deliberately named the scientific marvel after the country superstar. Why, you ask? Because the cell they used came from a mammary gland. We’ll let you figure out the rest.

Do you see the resemblance? 

5. Her starring role in 9 to 5

Already a successful country singer, Dolly solidified her place in pop culture with her role in 9 to 5. The film was a hit among audiences, ranking as the 20th highest-grossing comedy film. Almost thirty years after its initial release, a musical adaptation opened on Broadway, with songs written by Dolly Parton herself.

9 to 5 The Musical is now playing in London and will be premiering in Sydney later this year.