On This Day: Dolly Parton Classic Film ‘9 to 5’ Hits Theaters in 1980

by Thad Mitchell
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Legendary country music singer and songwriter Dolly Parton has had a long and successful career dating back decades.

Parton is mostly known for music, recording country mega hits such as “Jolene” and others. But Parton has also found unprecedented success in other avenues such as television and movie appearances.

One of the brightest moments of her career came in 1980 when she starred in the movie “9 to 5.” The movie opened to audiences across the country on this date 40 years ago on December 19, 1980.

“9 to 5” is a comedy based around the lives of three working women as they navigate the workplace. Along with Parton, the movie also stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. The movie was a smash hit and grossed more than $100 million as fans rushed to theaters to watch it.

The movie is now considered a comedy classic and ranks high on the American Film Institute’s all time funniest movie’s list. The film follows the characters of Parton, Tomlin and Fonda as they dream of overthrowing their sexist and egotistical boss, played by Coleman.

Dolly Parton Receives Acclaim for Role in Comedy Movie

Parton plays a lead character, Doralee Rhodes, a secretary falsely rumored to be sleeping with her boss. She also wrote and recorded the movie’s title track, which became one of her biggest hits.

Like the movie, the song “9 to 5” would find much success and proved to be a big winner for Parton’s music career. The song won much acclaim, including twwo Grammy Awards. Parton took Grammy wins in the “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” and “Best Country Song.”

In addition to musical recognition, she also picked up two Golden Globe nominations for her role in the movie.

A musical version of the movie appeared on Broadway in 2009. Though it drew positive critical acclaim, the show closed after only 17 weeks due to poor attendance.

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