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Alyvia Alyn Lind is Little Dolly Parton

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Alyvia Alyn Lind discovers what it was like to be Dolly Parton growing up in the Smoky Mountains

Alyvia Alyn Lind portrays Little Dolly in NBC’s new movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The young star talks about wearing the famous coat, the message of the song and getting to sing with Dolly.

Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn, Jennifer Nettles
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Rick Schroder as Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Dolly stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. It surprised me how sassy Dolly was. I didn’t realize at first [how] alike Dolly and I were. We are both really emotional and nothing stands in our way. I liked Dolly more and more as I got to know the character better.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. The cast got so close, so quickly! When I first met Hannah [Nordberg], the girl playing Dolly’s best friend in the movie, we had an instant connection! We were BFF’s on the very first day. And Jennifer and Ricky felt like my real parents. It was an amazing family – I loved everyone.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. I would have to say that playing Dolly is the highlight of my career. I’ve worked with amazing actors – Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig – and I’m so lucky. But this role has been the one I connect to the most. I really did not want to say goodbye to Little Dolly.

Q. After the first movie poster was released, the world got to see you in the Coat. What was it like for you when you first put that coat on, knowing what it symbolizes?

A. I loved the coat when I saw it for the first time. I had no idea how beautiful it would be – and I felt so proud wearing it. It symbolizes accepting people for who they are, and it patches together little bits and pieces of Dolly’s life – it also shows how much love Dolly’s mom had for her and her family. I felt so much responsibility putting it on because I know how much it means to Dolly.

Q. The song, “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, 44 years ago, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. Even though the song was written so long ago, it still shows how important it is to be nice to everyone, not to bully or judge, and that all different types of people can get along and love each other. The song still means so much today.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors” do you have a favorite Dolly song and if so what is it?

A. I love “9 to 5” – actually, that has always been one of my favorite movies. My mom loves showing me movies from the 70’s and 80’s – that one always stood out to me. That is one of the reasons I was so excited to play Dolly.

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. My favorite part of being in the movie was getting to sing a duet with Dolly. I still can’t believe that this has happened to me and feel so honored that I get to sing with such a legend.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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Farrah Mackenzie As Stella Parton – Interview

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 4, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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10-year-old Farrah Mackenzie plays Stella Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airing on NBC on Dec. 10.

Farrah raved about the fun, off-set activities planned for the stars. However, on-set her professionalism shined.

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- Season: 2015 -- Pictured: Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass -- (Photo by: Jeff Lipsky/NBC)
Stella Parton as Mrs. Corla Bass
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
DOLLY PARTON'S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Alyvia Alyn Lind, Mary Lane Haskell
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Mary Lane Haskell as Miss Moody, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Mary Lane Haskell, Alyvia Alyn Lind
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Ricky Schroder, Jennifer Nettles
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Gerald McRaney as Reverend Jake Owens
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Front Row, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly, Dylan Michael Rowen as Denver Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Blane Crockarell as Bobby Parton, Back Row, Ricky Schroder as Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"
DOLLY PARTON"S COAT OF MANY COLORS -- "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Parker Sack as David Parton, Dylan Rowen as Denver Parton, Carson Meyer as Willadeene Parton, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton -- (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors"

Q. As you started to develop your character, what things about Stella Parton stood out or perhaps surprised you?

A. I didn’t really develop until after I met Stella, but I still developed. It’s really nice to get stories from actual Partons. So, this one day I was in a scene, I was just doodling in my school book with my right hand, and the day after that the actual Stella, she told my dad that she’s actually left-handed. So in the school scene, I started writing with my left hand. It wasn’t that nice, but I still accomplished it.

Q. The Parton family is known for their tight-knit bonds. While filming, did the cast develop similar family-like relationships?

A. Oh, yeah yeah yeah we did! We did so much! First day I got a very warm welcoming from all my cast members. We actually did PE outside. We ran around with all the characters like [Alyvia] who played Dolly and all the other great people. We actually did CrossFit; me and Hannah [Nordberg]. Hannah played Judy.

[Carson Meyer] taught me how to crochet and I do that a lot now. We always go in the pool, we never did a day without pool. When the whole cast was in the pool we had water gun fights. And sometimes I did fight with Blane, [Crockarell] who played Bobby, but we got over it. We had movie night every other night, and that was really fun. We went on dinners a lot, and I had a lot of sleepovers with the cast. We went on field trips such as Stone Mountain, we went to World of Coke, it was really fun. I also went to a CrossFit gym with Hannah, so that was really fun. We made a really tight bond.

Q. Considering everything you have done in your career, where does this role rank in your list of achievements?

A. Well, I’d probably say number two. “Nanny Cam,” a movie that I did that’s on Amazon and Lifetime, I had a slightly bigger role in that. But this movie could also become number one, because it is on NBC. It’s a Christmas movie, and it could also be playing every year for the rest of my life. And it’s also Dolly Parton!

Q. The song “Coat of Many Colors” first debuted in 1971, yet it still has a powerful message for people today. Why do you think people relate so well to this story?

A. Well, the song really tells that you can be rich in many ways, such as love and generosity and that just tells people a lot of things. So you don’t just need to be rich in money, you can be rich in many ways.

Q. Other than “Coat of Many Colors” do you have a favorite Dolly song?

A. My favorite Dolly song is “9 to 5” definitely. I really relate to that song, because every morning I wake up and yawn and stretch and try as hard as I can to get alive. [Singing] I wake up stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, yawn and stretch and try as hard as I can to get alive!

Q. What was your favorite moment of making the film or your favorite takeaway?

A. I have so many. First of all, meeting the person I play, Stella; Carson and Hannah teaching me how to crochet; movie nights, seriously those were really fun. I liked doing CrossFit and PE with all of my friends. And in the makeup and hair trailer, I really loved getting those bouncy curls in my hair but, of course, they fell out in the humidity.

See more cast interviews and tune in Thursday, December 10 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Farrah Mackenzie as Stella Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

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Dolly Announces DollyParton.com, Celebrates Dollywood’s 30 years

Published March 20, 2015 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly announces DollyParton.com and celebrates Dollywood’s 30th season from the stage of DP’s Celebrity Theater

At the annual media event, Dolly shared the big announcement of her new website along with more exciting things coming to Dollywood during the park’s 30th season. When the floor was opened up for questions, longtime fan and administrator of Dollymania.net, Duane Gordon asked Dolly about the online countdown that had been counting down for the past several weeks on DollyParton.com. Dolly explained the historical nature of the site and how it brings all her favorite things together. She said,

“It’s kind of like a museum, kind of like a history of my life and music. It’s all about our businesses and my personal stuff.”

In addition to the new DollyParton.com announcement, the event featured new things coming to Dollywood, including the return of a summer concert series to benefit the Imagination Library. The goal is to raise $1 million for the global book gifting organization. Dolly will open the series with four performances on August 8-9. Kenny Rogers will close the series and more artists will be announced at a later date.

Dolly updated fans on her new production company, Dixie Pixie Productions. She said her new NBC movie series will begin with a Christmas movie based on her song, “Coat of Many Colors.” The television movie is set to air Christmas of 2015.

The legendary entertainer fielded questions about the opening of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort set for later this year. The resort will offer more ways for families to enjoy Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Several performers from Dollywood’s Festival of Nations were showcased at the event. The GRAMMY award-winning Mariachi Divas opened, followed by the Invaders Steel Orchestra who wowed the crowd with a version of Dolly’s “9 to 5.”


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Glastonbury performance draws over 180,000

Published June 29, 2014 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly performs before a crowd of more than 180,000 Glastonbury festival goers, a record for the event

In the summer of 2014, Dolly performed at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. When she took to the Pyramid stage, it was said that all the other stages were empty and even the performers were likely gathered to see her concert. In a sharp contrast to the famous Glastonbury mud, Dolly greeted her fans in a white rhinestone-covered pants suit.

She sang many of her hits including “Coat of Many Colors,” and “9 to 5” while the eager young audience sang along, many wearing blond wigs in admiration. The security staff even choreographed their own moves to “Jolene.”

The festival staff had been trying to book Dolly since their very first event back in 1970. However, the timing of her touring schedule did not work out until now. Dolly was excited to perform at Glastonbury and especially admired the large farm that hosts the annual event. She said,

“I’m just a country girl and now I feel like a rock star.”

The BBC aired the entire event and made it available on their networks around the world. During the performance, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora joined in on Dolly’s version of “Lay Your Hands On Me.” The song appears on Dolly’s album, “Blue Smoke” as a spiritual tune.

Before the event, Dolly received a special presentation marking her total career album sales surpassing 100 million worldwide.

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is a five-day music and arts event. The festival hosts multiple stages and is set on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England.

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‘Just Between You And Me – The Complete Recordings 1967 – 1976’

Published May 13, 2014 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘Just Between You And Me,’ the much-anticipated box set containing the beloved recordings of Dolly and Porter Wagoner was released in 2014 with 13 previously unreleased tracks

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, marked the release of the six-disc box set of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton songs entitled – “Just Between You and Me: The Complete Recordings 1967 – 1976.” The set was released on Bear Family Records who specialize in retro collections. Dolly and Porter released 13 albums together (every song is included in the box set), had 21 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, and had 139 duets during that period – they also released a single during the 2000’s (a re-recording of the Gospel standard “Drifting too Far From the Shore).

Despite the massive output, the pair had an often fiery relationship as Dolly mentioned in 2012 (Dolly has attributed the development of some of her Doralee character from “9 to 5” to her time with Wagoner),

“He was in charge, and it was his show, but he was also very strong willed. That’s why we fought like crazy, because I wouldn’t put up with a bunch of stuff. Out of respect for him, I knew he was the boss, and I would go along to where I felt this was reasonable for me. But once it passed points where it was like, your way or my way, to prove to you that I can do it, then I would just pitch a damn fit. I wouldn’t care if it killed me.”

Despite the years of drama, the pair made up around 1988 and remained friends until Porter Wagoner’s death in 2007.

Disc 1

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Disc 5

Disc 6

The Box Set includes 13 previously unreleased tracks as well as some alternate takes of songs that had previously been released and an 80 page hardcover book including more details on all of the songs as well as commentary from important contributors. Emmylou Harris wrote the forward.

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