Dolly Parton Reveals How Long It Takes for Her to Look Stage Ready

by Emily Morgan
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Dolly Parton never ceases to amaze us. The Queen of Country music revealed how long it takes her to get into her full Dolly Parton-do-up: 15 minutes. 

In the book, She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her SongsParton gives readers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes. 

 “I can put on my makeup, costume, and wig and be ready for anything in 15 minutes or less,” she writes.

If you had to pick up your jaw off the floor after reading that, you’re not alone. Parton’s iconic higher-than-the-heavens hair paired with her long red nails makes it hard to imagine she gets performance-ready in that amount of time. 

Don’t let the nails and makeup fool you: Dolly Parton is a force to be reckoned with. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Parton made it clear to the interviewer and the world that her title of “Queen of Country Music” came with hard-earned work.

Dolly Parton: More than the Makeup

Over the last 15 years, Parton has continued her climb to stardom full steam ahead. In the interview, Emily Lordi points out that in 2020, Parton seamlessly accomplished a lifetime of success in just 365 days.

“For example, Parton produced and acted in the Netflix series “Heartstrings,” in which her songs were reimagined as the basis for inclusive family dramas; oversaw a restaging in London of “9 to 5: The Musical,” a play that originally opened on Broadway in 2009, for which she composed the music; and recorded an inspirational duet with Zach Williams, “There Was Jesus,” which became her first single to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart.

This year, in addition to “Songteller,” and her Christmas album (“A Holly Dolly Christmas”), her offerings include a Netflix musical film (“Christmas on the Square”); a 19-DVD box set of her favorite performances (“Dolly: The Ultimate Collection”); and a baking line for Williams-Sonoma (guitar-shaped cookies and festive oven mitts).”

During the interview Parton makes fun of herself, saying, “I’m sick of Dolly, ain’t you? With all the stuff coming out, it’s like, if I hear one more product, one more story, one more thing about Dolly Parton … I think, ‘Well, maybe I better hang it up for a while next year.’”

As for 2021, Parton plans on spending time out of the spotlight. Que the tears. However, Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell says the absence is purely strategic. The Parton team hopes to avoid an over-saturation of the market in order to be more successful. It looks like big things are still ahead for Dolly Parton and her fans.