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    Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:19:31

    Dolly Parton Talks Smoky Mountains Upbringing, First Impressions and More - Check out her "Woman's Day" highlights

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    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush prepairs to join Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Photo Bomber Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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    That legend known as Dolly Parton talked about a bunch of stuff with Woman's Day.

    Parton spoke about growing up in the Smoky Mountains in the 1950s, pulling back the curtain on what life was like. Here is what she said:

    "When I was a girl growing up in the 1950s in the Smoky Mountains, there were plenty of people who didn't know what to make of me. I had 11 brothers and sisters and no electricity in my home, yet I knew I was gonna be a star. I had a big, outgoing personality and even then I dressed a little bit trashy—my grandfather, who was a Pentecostal preacher, told me I looked like Jezebel! Some people thought I was a freak, and I was sensitive. But I was always myself—they couldn't beat it out of me, they couldn't scare it out of me, they couldn't scold it out of me. I just couldn't help it! I didn't know how else to be. Still don't."

    And that is why she is the queen.

    Regarding first impressions, the icon said the following, which is not the conventional or common wisdom about 'em:

    "They say your first impression of someone is always right, but I've found that that's not true. You just don't know. It can be as simple as how a person dresses. You make a judgment about that person, but if you spend a little time, you find that they're different from what you thought, and you forget how they look. I know I look totally artificial, but I'd like to think I'm real where it really counts. It's how people treat one another and what they do and the way they do it—that's what should matter."

    She also sees good in most people, saying this:

    "When I meet someone, I look at their eyes and their smile and seek out the good first—it's easy to find when you're looking for it. You let a person shine with their own light and try to connect it to yours. As soon as I say hello, I go right to that light and I don't care who you are! I know we're all pieces of the same thing—I go for that common light because I know it's in all of us."

    She rules, right?

    See more, plus watch a video from Dolly at Woman's Day.

    What is your fave thing about Parton, Dolly?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.09.15



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