Dolly Parton once said, "If you don't like the road you are walking, pave another one," which is exactly what the country music singer has done.
In a career spanning nearly 50 years, the queen of country has garnered 25 No. 1 hits, 41 Top 10 albums and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
"I still feel like I'm rolling right along, and I really admire a lot of the new folks as well," Parton told Robin Roberts today at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the morning after the Country Music Association Awards.
Although Parton is a country music legend, there are also many legends about her. Roberts asked Parton a series of questions to find out what is true and what is merely folklore.
"True or false," Roberts said. "You once lost a Dolly Parton lookalike contest."
"True," Parton said. "At a Halloween contest years ago on Santa Monica Boulevard where all the guys were dressed up like me and I just overexaggerated my look and went in and just walked up on stage. … I didn't win. I didn't even come in close, I don't think."
"Your hit song, 'Jolene,' is about your husband's high school sweetheart," Roberts said.
"That one's kind of a true and false," Parton said. "We did have a girl that worked at a bank that he did have a crush on and that had a crush on him early on," Parton said. "But the actual song was not about her. Her name was not Jolene."
"Miley Cyrus, true or false, you're her godmother," Roberts said.
"I'm her honorary godmother. I've known her since she was a baby," Parton said. "Her father's a friend of mine, and when she was born, he said, 'You just have to be her godmother,' and I said, 'I accept.' We never did do a big ceremony, but I'm so proud of her, love her and she's just like one of my own."
Dolly Parton Answers Viewers' Questions
Viewers also wrote in with questions for Parton in anticipation of this morning's interview.
Crystal of Calhoun, Ga., asked Parton, "What is one thing you cannot leave the house without?"
"My makeup and my hair, anything to do with my gaudy look," Parton said.
Diane of Tennessee asked, "I've been a fan for over 30 years, and my question to you is, What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you on stage?"
"I have had clothes bust apart on stage, seriously I have," Parton said. "Once at Dollywood [her Tennessee theme park] … I had a beaded dress that was really very, very tight and it popped right in the middle of a song and my background singer came over, got the guitar and put it up against me because my dress was coming forward and he backed me onstage, backed me into the dressing room and I changed and came back out on stage. I wear my clothes awfully tight."