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Dolly Parton talks about growing up poor, 1978
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Dolly Parton talks about growing up poor, 1978


I’m just pretty open and honest. There’s not just a whole lot I won’t tell you.

Right before her Playboy photoshoot in 1978, Dolly Parton sat down with interviewer Larry Grobel to talk about growing up poor in Tennessee with 11 siblings. She gives sweet and sincere answers to Grobel about her childhood, being a teenager and fashion.

Just to give you a taste, below she’s describing what it was like to sleep with her brother and sisters in the same bed every night:

Dolly Parton: I would wash every night. And as soon as I go to bed, the kids would wet on me and I’d have to get up in the morning and do the same thing.

Larry Grobel: When they wet on you, though, did you get up and wipe yourself down or just sort of accepted it?

Dolly Parton: No, that was the only warm thing we knew in the winter time. That was almost a pleasure to get peed on because it was so cold. Lord. It was as cold in the room as it was outside. We’d bundle up to go to bed.

Where most people would be complaining about this type of upbringing, she speaks of her childhood with sincere affection or sweetly giggles it off. It’s all she knew.

I’ve always loved Dolly. This interview made me love her even more.


Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Attention ‘Slow Ass Jolene’ Dolly Parton uploader: Plunderphonics did that same thing 25 years ago!

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