Dolly Parton: Musician, Actress, Defier of Gravity

I’ve been in a very “Dolly” head space lately. I like her a lot. I’m not fanatical; I’ve never actually seen her in concert, I don’t own much of her discography. But I do so enjoy her music, and her songwriting. And, if I’m being truthful, my idea of “beautiful” was defined, for better or worse, by Dolly. No matter how hard I try to deny it, “beautiful” for me will always be big blonde hair, huge white teeth and Barbie-esque proportions. It is what it is.


I found some Dolly facts on the internet tonight. The parallels between she and I: undeniable, compelling, downright eerie:


1946 – Dolly is born. Grows up rural and dirt poor.

1946 – Ginny’s parents aren’t even born yet. But she, too, will grow up rural and dirt poor.


1974 – “Jolene” is number one on the country charts.

1974 – Ginny is conceived. Her parents may or may not have considered the name Jolene when choosing the appropriate moniker for said fetus.


1976 – Dolly, her syndicated television show premieres.

1976 – Ginny (most likely) watched some television.


1980 – Dolly’s first film, 9 to 5 is released.

1980 – Ginny tries to get used to the 9 to 3:30 grind of Grade 1.


1982 – Dolly stars in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.

1982 – Ginny sees a commercial for “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” She asks her parents what a whorehouse is. They come up with a surprisingly age appropriate explanation.


1984 – Dolly records “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers. It is a massive hit, as is their resultant World Tour.

1984 – Ginny’s mother goes to said concert. Even second-hand, explained (painstakingly) the next day, it is awesome.


1987 – Dolly records the “Trio” album, with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It is a huge success.

1987 – Ginny is part of a group of 3 best friends. This junior-high trio does not work out so well.


1991 – Dolly’s song “I Will Always Love You” is recorded by Whitney Houston.

1991 – Ginny gets her heart ripped to shreds by a boy. Listens to “I Will Always Love You”. A lot. On a tape recorder. With auto reverse.


2002 – Dolly plays a show in Vegas, as part of her “Halos & Horns” tour.

2002 – Ginny visits Vegas. She has found her happy place.


2006 – Dolly is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Travelin’ Thru” from the movie Transamerica.

2006 – Ginny gives birth to her second child. She does not make it out to see this movie (or any other movie, for the rest of the year). As her 3 year old son discovers his love of high heels, she makes a mental note to go back and see this movie when it comes out on video.


February 2008 – Dolly postpones several dates on her much-anticipated “Backwoods Barbie” tour, due to back pain.

February 2008 – Ginny doesn’t feel well.


The similarities are chilling, no?

14 responses to “Dolly Parton: Musician, Actress, Defier of Gravity

  1. Just reading the title and “Here You Come Again” gets stuck in my head.


    I think Dolly Parton is hilarious. Not too many people talk about her comedic abilities, but she’s just great.

  2. Uber creepy! It’s gotta be some kind of sign, but not a stop sign. By all means, keep it up. 😉

  3. LMAO!! The similarities certainly are striking.

  4. Kitty: Well, thanks! First I had Jolene stuck in my head, now it’ll be Here You Come Again. Last night I was singing Islands in the Stream (both Kenny and Dolly’s parts) while I was making supper. My husband came over, patted me gently on the shoulder, and gave me his best “There, there” look. I am not a good singer, but I am enthusiastic.

    Peter: “It’s gotta be some kind of sign, but not a stop sign.” There’s my morning giggle taken care of. Thanks.

    Maria: I know, right?

  5. Oh my God. You. Are. Dolly!

    [You crack me up.]

  6. Well, have you ever seen us in the same place at the same time? I’m just sayin’….

  7. Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jo-leeee-heeeene….


  8. Please don’t take him, just because you can…..

    (Have truer words ever been spoken?)

  9. It’s a hearbreaking song and I haven’t heard it in donkeys years, but damned you, it was stuck in my head the entire time I was out pulling weeds.

  10. Donkeys years?????? How many human years in a donkeys year????

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  12. I so don’t get this one, but then again I’m going to talk to my horses. Which I don’t get either. I often wonder if a state of confusion is a natural one.

  13. Wow.

    Synchronicity at its worse.

    You are obviously Dolly’s Doppelganger.

    Funny post, my little Ginsing.

    Your blogging Mom from Texas

  14. Aw, thanks for the electronic ruffle of the hair, Laurie!

    Your little Canadian scamp,


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