Country legend Dolly Parton won a Grammy for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance for a Female on Feb. 24, 1982, for one of her most iconic songs, “9 to 5.” It was also nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.
It all started when she landed a role alongside some of Hollywood’s best, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. She had a flight to New York with them one day and ended up getting the starring role in the female-empowerment comedy from 1980.
The movie is about three working women. They decide to get even with their boss who is sexist, a liar, and a bigot. The film is the 20th-highest-grossing comedy film and has an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite being known for country music, the film’s popularity and the song’s success got her a No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The catchy tune became a focal point of the film.
According to Billboard, she actually wrote the song while she was on set. She found that filming was a slow and sometimes boring process. In addition to being on the top of the Hot 100 chart, the song also led the Hot Country Songs chart. It was the second song by a female artist to ever do so.
Dolly Parton Starts a Hollywood Career
The movie “9 to 5” helped launch Dolly Parton into mainstream popular culture and stardom.
It grossed over $103.9 million and was widely popular. It was so popular a TV series was also made with the same name that had five seasons. Then there was also a musical based on the original film. It had new songs written by Parton and opened on Broadway in 2009.
After she got a taste of Hollywood filmmaking and the success it gave her, Parton continued to put herself on the screen. She was in movies like “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Steel Magnolias.”
“I’ve been trying all these years to win my musical freedom so I could introduce myself to a more universal audience. Now, with the movies I’m doing, I have the security and money to do the kind of records I’ve always wanted to do,” she told Billboard in 1982.
In fact, Parton has appeared in 12 different films and has over 400 appearances on television. Parton is one of the most well-known female artists. She had taken a liking to acting, entrepreneurship, and charity throughout her life.
Some other films Parton starred in were “Straight Talk,” “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” “Joyful Noise,” and “Rhinestone.”
Dolly Parton’s career in film helped give her more freedom to record and release music that would reach and resonate with more people. It helped make Parton a universal icon that crosses over genre borders.