Dolly Parton, who grew up dirt poor in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., spoke with Willie Geist on Aug. 21, also announced plans for a 10-year, $300 million project that will add a new family roller coaster in 2014 and a resort hotel. Both projects will create thousands of jobs in the tiny town in East Tennessee.
“Dollywood” opened in 1986, even though Parton’s lawyers and financial advisers warned her not to do so. Not only will one of the most honored women in country music add-on to “Dollywood,” Parton will also release a new CD and has plans for an overseas tour. Dolly Parton has more than just a new CD, tour and expansion of “Dollywood,” as she also plans an expansion of her charity “Imagination Library” and a role in an upcoming Lifetime movie.
Dolly Parton grew up dirt poor in the tiny town of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 13. Parton has gone on to record dozens of hit singles, including “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “9 to 5.”
Not only has Parton conquered the world of country music, but she has added roles in movies and television to her resume, as well as Grammy and Academy Award nominations. Dolly is also a prolific songwriter, having composed over 3,000 songs.
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