(Dagbladet): Dolly Parton has been married to her Carl Thomas Dean since she launched her record career in the mid 60’s, but the two never had children together. According to their own statement, however, none of them are particularly minor when we soon enter the “children’s holiday”.
– I “have” so many kids that I would like to get rid of some, says Parton and chuckles.
The country’s first lady sits in a recording studio in her hometown of Nashville and talks exclusively with Dagbladet.
– Seriously, I think God did not give me children so that everyone else could be mine, Parton continues with characteristic southern slang.
– I have so many nieces and nephews – and so many other little ones through my assistants and musicians – and have taken them all with me. They call me Aunt Dolly, and we have a lot of fun together. The good news is that I can leave them to my parents when I get bored.
- American artist, songwriter and actor. Full name: Dolly Rebecca Parton.
- Born January 19, 1946 in Pittman Center, Tennessee.
- Married to Carl Thomas Dean (78) since 1966.
- Record debuted with “Hello, I’m Dolly” the following year.
- Has since released about 40 solo albums and won ten Grammy Awards.
- Incorporated into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Aktuell med «A Holly Dolly Christmas» og Netflix-filmen «Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square» (premiere 22. november).
– So you are comfortable with infertility at the age of 74?
– Yes, in fact I am in a way happy, now that I am older, that I did not have children. My husband and I discuss it sometimes, since we are responsible for so many people. “My God,” we say, “what if these were our kids, and we had to help raise all kinds of grandchildren and great-grandchildren?”
She leaves little doubt as to what might have been the answer to the rhetorical question.
– I feel it is a blessing with everything. If we were meant to have children, we would have them. But we are quite satisfied: we still appreciate that we have time for ourselves, without having to be so overly responsible.
Part of that time, Parton has invested in the musical film “Christmas on the Square”, which will have its Netflix premiere on November 22. The warm-up came in the form of the album “A Holly Dolly Christmas”, which is on the streets already. Here she sings a duet with showbiz profiles such as Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon and – on the cut “Christmas Is” – Miley Cyrus.
– Miley is one of the “mine” kids. I have loved her since before she was born, says Parton, and nods to previous collaborations with her father Billy Ray.
– I quickly decided that she would be my little goddaughter. She is so talented, both as an artist and comedian. When I was preparing the Christmas record, I called and said she had to join, since I might not make more. I wanted to include the “family”.
Parton has also brushed the dust off Willie Nelson. The “Outlaw” chief with the braids appears on his own composition “Pretty Paper”.
– He has passed 85 – and is in great shape. He has had some breathing problems – I guess he has smoked so much drugs over the years that it must be a little shaky.
She chimes again.
– Fortunately, it does not affect the voice too much – I thought he did well. Willie and I have always been friends, so I asked if he would sing. Not only that, he plays his famous guitar. It’s as old as Willie – and as “round Christmas” as Willie.
– After such a strange and dramatic year, will it be Christmas at all?
– It will be some kind of Christmas. We can not let the Grinch – can not let Covid – steal Christmas. Although we have to do it a little differently, we have to implement. We must be safe, we must be smart, but we must find and create our joy. If nothing else, we can be grateful for what Christmas is all about.
– What does Christmas mean to you, and how do you celebrate it?
– Well, I’m just trying to remember what Christmas is all about – The birth of Christ. And I love all the great songs and stories. I love the light and the joy – the decorations, the trees, the gifts, the company, the parties. Family and friends get together and eat too much and chat too much. At the same time as we keep an eye on the virus, we get to try to create the best Christmas we can. I always spend it here in Tennessee, between my own people and my husband’s.
– What is the recipe for a 50-year marriage?
We have strictly been married for 54 years – and together for 56. We have a lot of fun with – both have quite a strange sense of humor – and entertain each other. We are similar in many areas: We like to cook, and to move around in our caravan. In addition, we have trust and respect and everything you depend on to make something last so long.
– And what does “Aunt Dolly” want for Christmas?
– I want peace and love and harmony. I want to see a vaccine against the Covid virus. I want us to have a better year next year than we have had this year. This has been completely crazy, Parton states to Dagbladet.
– Yes, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas – but first and foremost a happy new year.
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