In Toronto, Dolly Parton speaks candidly about her new movie, the Imagination Library and the challenges facing the world today.
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All set to embark on the Canadian leg of her 60-city Pure & Simple tour, Dolly Parton charmed the audience at a press conference in Toronto with her quick wit and her optimistic outlook on life. She was candid about her career, the music industry and her upcoming plans. She added in a few jokes about politics and reminded everyone that the world needs much more love and kindness. In fact, love seemed to be a common thread in Dolly's 45-minute long chat with reporters.
Dolly spoke about her 50th wedding anniversary which she recently celebrated with her husband, Carl Dean. She mentioned her movie deal with NBC and shared her excitement for a sequel to the 2015 record-breaking holiday special based on her song, "Coat of Many Colors." The original cast will return for "Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" this December.
Her message of love flowed naturally into her aspirations for her Imagination Library. Dolly says the free book-gifting organization hopes to soon have 100,000 registered children receiving books each month.
Dolly shared her fond appreciation for her fans from the LGBT community and expressed her sadness in the wake of the recent attack in Orlando, FL. Dolly said,
"I do have a big gay following, and I’m the patron saint to a lot of those guys and it makes me feel good. But as far as what happened in Orlando, that’s just horrible. It doesn’t matter what kind of a club it happened to be. It’s a hate crime, looks to me like what they say. I am not God, I am no judge, I just know that God loves us all."
As the Pure & Simple Tour continues, fans of all ages and from all walks of life will come together to see and hear Dolly, pure and simple. In her closing remarks, Dolly's contagious positivity shined as bright as the rhinestones on her suit when she said,
"Everyday I wake up with new dreams."