Dolly Parton and Her Most Memorable Movie Roles

by Jacklyn Krol
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Dolly Parton is a legend in music, but she has also made her name on the big screen. Discover the “Jolene” singer’s filmography and her best roles to date.

Dolly Parton’s Filmography

Steel Magnolias is the 1989 drama-comedy based on the Robert Harling play. It tells the story of the friendship of a group of women in a small town while they recover from the death of a fellow townsperson. The underlying story shows just how tough women can be all while being as delicate as a flower. Parton portrays the role of Truvy Jones, the town’s gossip, beautician and wife to Spud Jones and mother to Louie.

9 to 5 is one of the most well-known movies from 1980. It stars Parton alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The trio are workers who live out their fantasy of getting even with their boss and changing the company’s sexist and terrible ways. According to Hollywood, the movie was the twentieth highest-grossing comedic film of all time.

Because of its popularity, a television series of the same name premiered. It ran for five seasons and was a hit on ABC from 1982 to 1988. Parton was featured as the singer of the show’s official theme song. Finally, a musical based on the movie premiered on Broadway in 2009.

Joyful Noise features Parton and her outstanding vocals and really shows off her comedic side. She starred alongside Queen Latifah in a film that focuses on a church choir going to a choral competition to save their church after a major corporation threatens it.

Moreover, in 1992, Parton portrayed herself in The Beverly Hillbillies. Years later, she portrayed herself in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous. Sandra Bullock portrayed the beloved FBI agent Gracie Hart. She is given intel that a drag Dolly Parton had clues about her case. She accidentally tackled the really Parton.

Other notable movies include: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Straight Talk, and Frank McKlusky, C.I.

Television Movies

Parton lent her voice in a film that was all about her. The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom. The movie tells the story of a girl who is growing up with the ideals of Parton and her classic lyrics.

Parton portrayed herself in two television movies: Christmas at Dollywood and Jackie’s Back!. Christmas at Dollywood is a 2019 Lifetime movie that stars Danica McKellar and Niall Matter.

“A New York City event planner travels home to Tennessee for the holidays and ends up working on the thirtieth anniversary Christmas event at Dollywood alongside the theme park’s Director of Operations,” the film’s description reads.

Parton portrayed The Painted Lady in Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love and Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. The films were based around her hit song of the same name and some of her personal stories.

Other roles of Parton’s include: Leanna Taylor in Blue Valley Songbird, Ruby Diamond in Unlikely Angel, Thiola ‘Big T’ Rayfield in Wild Texas Wind, and Lorna Davis in A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Dolly Parton and Netflix

Firstly, Parton has maintained a great relationship with the streaming giant. Along with her Heartstrings series, she has also released films exclusively on the platform.

Furthermore, last year she premiered her original musical, Christmas on the Square. It features music from her holiday record, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Parton portrays the guardian angel of a Scrooge-like character, Regina Fuller, played by Christine Baranski.

“This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts,” the movie description on Netflix says.

Finally, Netflix also debuted the documentary, Dolly Parton: Here I Am. The story details her musical journey and how she was influenced by her childhood, loved ones, and places.

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