It's hard to imagine a world where isn't performing or entertaining in one way or another. The good news is, we may never have to experience that world, at least while she's living.
Parton was recently a guest on Witha radio show based out of the U.K. — and she how she'd want to one day pass on, if she could decide her own fate:
"I'll just hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song onstage someday . . . hopefully one I've written. That's how I hope to go."
The country icon has always had a bountiful sense of humor, so a statement with such abrasiveness, handled with such care and humor, is something we have come to expect from the 77 year-old star.
Parton admits the only thing that would slow her down is if her health goes downhill, or her husband of more than 50 years, Carl, gets sick. Otherwise, she wants to "make hay while the sun shines."
She did say her touring days are behind her, however — she'll still do shows here and there, but doesn't want to be on the road anymore.
As far as what exactly she wants to work on? Parton has dreams: She says she wants to have her own network television show, produced by her. She wants to show people, "stuff that people haven’t seen or know or heard about and my people and where I come from, how I’ve got to be how and who I am, but to really have the behind the scenes and the adventures of my life."
If it happens, that will surely will be a ratings winner, as Dolly Parton is known and loved by all generations.
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Dolly Parton and Carl Dean owned this 4,795 square-foot residence in Nashville from 1980 until 1996. While it's not the lavish mansion one might expect one of the biggest country stars of all time to have lived in, it's a beautiful home that's also a one-of-a-kind piece of country music history.
Built in 1941. the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the wooded, 2.4-acre property also features a detached storage building. Amenities in the stucco home also include an eat-in kitchen, carport, covered porch and patio, deck, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a great room large enough for plenty of games and entertainment and dual heating and cooling units.
was a really, big star in the 1970s, so when she showed up to party, famous people gathered around her. The country music icon was a must-see act on both coasts, and photos not included in this illustrious gallery feature her dancing at Studio 54 and performing across the world.
These 12 rarely seen photos of Dolly Parton from the 1970s give you a look at what her life — and celebrity life in general — was like 40 to 50 years ago. There are a few country stars included in these pics, but mostly this list is filled with unexpected moments with other stars you'll recognize.