Dolly Parton is one of the most loved people in America and her music is a tradition for all. Now thanks to NBC, her life story is becoming a Christmas tradition for decades to come.
Last year, her biopic, Coat of Many Colors, was a huge sucess for NBC. So huge they brought it back for a second movie this year. Tonight at 9p, we get to see the next chapter in her book. This one is called Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love and it is must watch for families.
It is Christmastime for the Partons and the kids all know what they want. Their parents want the money to pay for all of their presents. With nearly a dozen kids that is not an easy task for them. Not only that, Papa Parton (Ricky Schroder) wants to buy his wife (Jennifer Nettles) the wedding ring he never gave her. That ring costs $69 which doesn’t seem like a lot, but to them that it is very expensive. Expensive enough that if he buys it, none of the kids will get anything for Christmas. The offspring decide to forego their gifts for their mom, but that is still not enough money for it. Now they are coming up with ways to raise the rest of the dough.
Papa Parton comes up with a way and that means leaving his family to work in the mines.
His wife had a vision that her family will die lying in a circle, but her husband was not in the dream. She doesn’t want her husband to go because of it, but she lets him leave her there with a kids because it is the right thing to do for him. Then the unforeseeable happens and the rest is a Christmas miracle that will leave you in tears.
Dolly Parton’s telemovies are as timeless as her and her music, and I hope that NBC gives her a third movie of her life for all of us to enjoy again next year. It is the feel good movie that broadcast forgets to do, and let’s hope this reminds them we want them.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell named one of their twin daughters Dolly after Dolly Parton. Yesterday, the 7 year old finally met her namesake at the premiere of the Country singer’s movie Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love at Dollywood, and I am not sure who is more excited to meet who? I think it is a tie, although since Charlie is also getting a big hug from the legend, it might put the O’Connell’s in the lead. Plus, look at how happy their mom is in this photo. She might be the happiest one of them all. It is not everyday you get to introduce your kid to the person they are named after. Well, I am sure Charlie sees her Uncle Charlie all the time, but you get what I mean.
Dolly Parton was on Larry King Now and the OraTV wanted to know what her “funniest fan encounter?” She told him, it happened to her around the time that her song Jolene came out and she had just moved in to her new house in Brentwood, Ca. She said, “I came home one day, from work…and there was a basket at the gate. And I thought, ‘who’s left, somebody left us some food.'” Then she continued, “I looked in it and there was a baby in it. And there was a note that said, ‘My name is Jolene and I want you to have me.'”
She didn’t know what to do, so she brought the baby into the house and called the police and child services. They took the baby and to this day, she doesn’t know what happened to her. I wonder what happened to that girl that would be in her early 40’s now and if she knows if she was left in front of Dolly Parton’s house. Could you imagine if this girl didn’t know and has been wondering her whole life, why she is such a big fan of Miss Dolly and her song Jolene? How crazy would that be?
When it comes to her story, that is definitely in the Top 10 of the strangest fan encounters. But then again, I think Dolly Parton would be a great person to raise my child if Gd forbid I was going to give it up.
We always thought that Dolly Parton had a style all of her own, but turns out she modeled herself after someone she knew when she was growing up.
She told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show yesterday that, “When I was little, I patterned my look after the town trollop.” Then she explained why, “I thought she was the beautiful thing. She had all this makeup and hair and all the tight clothes and everything I wanted. So it impressed me.”
So much so, she is going to play The Painted Lady in the followup movie to her huge hit Coat of Many Colors. Christmas of Many Colors debuts November 30th on NBC and now we have another reason to tune in. We will get to see Miss Dolly play her style icon. An icon whose look she still emulates today and we don’t ever want her changing.
Back in 1955, when Dolly Parton (Alyvia Alyn Lind) was just 8 years old, she had a lot of things happen to her in a 9 month period of her life that changed her forever. Tonight at 9p on NBC, you will see why that time period means so much to her in this beautiful story Coat of Many Colors.
Parton was the fourth child to Robert (Ricky Schroder) and Avie Lee Parton (Jennifer Nettles) and there was always something special about her. She had the voice of angels and everyone knew she was going to be a star including her. She was a rambunctious girl, and that is what made her Dolly Parton. Her mother was expecting her 9th child and the little girl couldn’t wait for him to be born. Even though he was her brother, she thought of him as her baby.
Then tragedy strikes when he is born early and dies shortly afterwards. His death causes tension between her parents, her mom goes into a deep depression and Dolly stops singing. Her older sister knows this needs to stop, so she tells her mother that their songbird Dolly has lost her voice. This was the push her mom needed, and she decides to get through her grief by making a Coat of Many Colors for her daughter. Even though they were very poor, Dolly felt so rich and special in her new coat that was just like Joseph’s from the Bible.
You see, Dolly’s grandfather (Gerald McRaney) was a Preacher and her mother was very religious. Her father was 17 when he first saw his future wife, who was just 15, sitting in that Church, and yet he never went in. The two of them have very different opinions about religion and the death of their son will make the divide even greater.
But this is a very strong family of ten and they will overcome this. When the end of this 9 month period is over, young Dolly will know where her life is going. She is going to be a star and her family is going to be there by her side. If they can get through this, they can get through everything.
Parton and her manager, Sam Haskell, had been talking about making a movie of her life for a while. After speaking with NBC President Bob Greenblatt, they went through her musical library and knew this song should be the first story they told. When they spoke with Greenblatt about making this particular film, he told them that this needs to be a Christmastime movie. It is not about Christmas, it is about a family and that is what this time of year should be about.
The song as we know is a very potent one from Dolly, and the movie is just as powerful. The cast will leave you in awe with their outstanding performances. Schroder and Nettles are perfect as her parents, but the real star is Lind. She might only be 8 years old, but she is just as lovable and mesmerizing as the person she is playing. So much so, you would think it was actually Dolly playing herself.
A few months ago, at the NBC TCA Summer Press Day, Dolly Parton answered if there really was a Coat of Many Colors. She said, “Absolutely there was a coat of many colors. I had even a little picture made in it, a school picture.” What happened to it? She revealed, “But you don’t think about you’re going to be a star; you’re going to have that carried with you. You don’t know that so mama tore that down, I’m sure, and sewed it into a quilt or blanket or into something else. We do have a little replica of it my mom made from memory as best she could remember at the time. But that was just a memory in my head, and so it’s been recycled, I’m sure, knowing my mama.”
If tonight’s movie is a hit, as it should be, they will do another one. Which one of her songs will be the inspiration for that one? Jolene. If you want to see that song come to life, then you need to watch the movie tonight. Actually, you need to watch it this because it a throwback the movies of the week that would bring families together back in the day. We need more of those and I think this one will be the start of the revolution. Don’t miss out on the revolution and tune in for a tale that will be watching every Christmastime.