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Alyvia Alyn Lind is Little Dolly Parton

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
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
Dolly Parton Productions

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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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
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
Dolly Parton Productions

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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Ricky Schroder As Robert Lee Parton – Interview

Published December 3, 2015 / Last Updated December 3, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
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
Dolly Parton Productions

Starring as Dolly Parton’s father in the new NBC movie, Ricky Schroder shares his thoughts on his character, Dolly’s approval of his performance and more.

Ricky Schroder plays Robert Lee in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” This father of four said he was naturally drawn to watching over the children on set.

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

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

A. I wanted to do a good job in my character for Dolly and her family. This movie is so dear and important to her that I really wanted to honor who her father was and their relationship, because she just adored him. Dolly gave me just a few tidbits of information here and there when we were producing the movie that were extremely helpful about him and his nature and his humor; how he didn’t like to waste words. He was a man of few words. It was an honor to play him.

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

A. It’s very easy to want to be a father and protector and teacher for those kids. They’re such sweet kids, the whole clan. You know, you work together with your coworkers so many hours, and you just get to like them. You get to know them a little bit, you get to know their personalities. I have an extra kind of soft place in my heart for those kids, because they have to work so hard, especially little [Alyvia]. She worked so hard. She carried so much weight, so well, on her broad shoulders that you can’t help but feel protective over those kids. That was a wonderful time with those kids.

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

A. Well, I’ll let you know when I see it [laughing]. I have every expectation that it’s going to be a movie that I’ll be so proud of. I had a lot of good feelings making this movie.

Q. By today’s standards, with four children, you have a big family. Was there ever a moment while making this film, you stopped to think about the challenges Robert Lee faced raising a family of 12?

A. Sure, enormous challenges to feed 12, plus yourself and your wife, 14 people. I’m not going to discount the challenges that parents today face either. There’s just massive challenges and pressures on today’s parents, maybe not providing the basics as what Lee needed to provide… [but] enormous responsibility for sure.

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. Because of Dolly, I think. We all want to know where she came from. She is so special and unique. That’s really what this movie shows people, where Dolly came from and who loved her and who was with her and helped nurture her.

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

A. Probably one of my favorites is the duet with her and Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream.”

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

A. I’m so proud of so many people who worked so hard on the movie. My favorite takeaway… probably a note that Dolly wrote me one day when we were in production. She said she had been watching the dailies, you know the work from the previous days. She was so glad she chose me to play her father. That was a pretty special moment to get that letter from her.

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

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Nettles, McRaney and Schroder Cast in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”

Published August 11, 2015 / Last Updated November 5, 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
Team Dolly

Trio to portray members of Dolly’s family in the upcoming NBC television movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”

Update (Aug. 19, 2015): It’s official, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is set to air on NBC, Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9-11 PM!

Award-winning country artist Jennifer Nettles as well as multi-award nominees Gerald McRaney and Ricky Schroder, a former Golden Globe winner, have been added to the cast of the upcoming NBC film, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Nettles, who will play Parton’s mother, Avie Lee Parton, has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. As the lead singer of the duo Sugarland, Nettles has sold more than 22 million albums, achieved eight #1 singles and has won numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In addition, Nettles debuted her first solo album in 2014 which went to #1 on the country charts.

Adding theater actress to her already impressive resume, Nettles made her Broadway debut in February as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago.”

McRaney, who will play Grandpa Jake Owens, is one of the most respected actors of his generation. His career includes roles in several critically acclaimed television dramas — “Deadwood,” “Southland” and “House of Cards” — and he currently co-stars on the Western series “Longmire.” He will also co-star on the upcoming TNT series “Agent X.” McRaney was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award as part of the cast for both “Deadwood” and “House of Cards.”

Schroder, who portrays Dolly’s father, Lee Parton, has had a lengthy career dating back to when the actor was nine years old and won a Golden Globe for his role in the heartfelt boxing film “The Champ.” Schroder was SAG nominated both individually and as a member of the cast of the Emmy Award-winning police drama “NYPD Blue” and had a co-starring role in the Emmy-winning drama “24.”

As previously announced, Alyvia Lind will portray nine-year-old Dolly Parton. Alyvia most recently had a role in the Lifetime movie spoof “A Deadly Adoption,” with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today.

The film is set in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Dolly’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented, faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and will air December 10, 2015 at 9PM Eastern on NBC

 
 
 
 
Team DollyNettles, McRaney and Schroder Cast in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”

Dolly Parton surprises Alyvia Alyn Lind with leading role

Published July 13, 2015 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly

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
Team Dolly

Alyvia Alyn Lind lands the leading role in NBC’s adaptation of Dolly’s autobiographical song “Coat of Many Colors”

Update (Aug. 19, 2015): It’s official, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is set to air on NBC, Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9-11 PM!

The young actress made her film debut in 2013’s “Dark Skies.” The following year she starred alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in the movie “Blended.” In addition to her film career, Alyvia Alyn Lind has played Faith Newman in over 80 episodes of television’s “The Young and the Restless.” Alyvia was also cast as five-year-old Amanda Clarke in the television series “Revenge.”

Dolly surprised Alyvia with the announcement in person and the young star was nearly speechless. Dolly said,

“When you were doing your little audition, I thought I wish I would have been that pretty when I was little, I wish I would have been that smart. I really felt you and I thought, well, I would be so honored to have you play Little Dolly.”

Dolly Parton Surprises Little Dolly

Dolly Parton surprises Alyvia Lind with the big news that she will portray little Dolly in the upcoming NBC movie #CoatOfManyColors.

Posted by NBC on Monday, July 13, 2015

Plans for a television movie series of Dolly’s songs began in May of 2015. “Coat of Many Colors” the movie is set to air in December of 2015.

Team DollyDolly Parton surprises Alyvia Alyn Lind with leading role