America Strong: Dolly Parton

Robin Roberts interviews country music icon Dolly Parton and discusses the film “9 to 5” and how Parton was ahead of her time.
2:16 | 11/13/19

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Finally tonight here, she is America strong. Dolly parton. And she's with our robin Roberts. What we did not know about "905." Dolly came very prepared. You know, it lifts my spirits when I'm at home and just watching TV and flipping through, "9 to 5" comes on. And it doesn't matter where it is in the movie, I will stop, sit down and watch it. Jane fonda reached out to you about doing that? Yes, she did. That was actually her -- her project. She produced that as well as acting in it. And she's the one that came to me. I was driving down the freeway one day listening to -- dolly's -- a tape of dolly and I suddenly thought, "She's got to do it. This has got to be her first movie." We were a little concerned. Is she going to know her lines, is she going to be okay, is she going to be comfortable? I'd never even seen a movie made. And I did a lot of things that now I feel real humorous, like, I memorized the whole script. The whole script. The first day. Her lines and our lines. That was just the beginning. She just was a bombshell. The girls don't like me at all. Violet and Judy burnley, because they think I'm making it with the boss and that has happened to me many times in my life, people misunderstand me because I'm so open and so fun-loving, people sometimes would get the wrong idea. They think I do all the things I joke and laugh about. It had a great message. It was actually -- if you look back, it was the first feminist movement movie. Thinking back now, when the times that we're living in with time's up and me too, that movie was ahead of its time in some ways. It was. And it did a lot of good, but evidently didn't do enough good because we're going to always have the same problems in the workplace with women and men. But you kind of have to find a way to move around that and there's still work to be done. I still believe that women should get paid equal and should be treated with respect. I'm all about that, you know. And like I say, I don't get out and have to preach it or March in the streets. I write about it. I wrote "9 to 5." Robin's special "Dolly parton: Here she comes Try a $2 Medium Latte, Cappuccino or Americano from 2-6pm. The holidays run on Dunkin'

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