Dolly Parton's path to stardom
Country icon shares her inspirational story
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- Date Nov 28, 2012
Country icon shares her inspirational story
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-- hugely popular commencement speech she gave back in 2009 at the University of Tennessee.
Iconic music star Dolly Parton sitting right here told graduates how her dream of making it big in the music industry.
Took her from a small town in Tennessee to the top of the entertainment business.
Haven't not had graduating from severe Kenny has scooped back in 1964.
We were all hands to stand up and talk about what we were gonna do you.
With the rest of our lives and handed my hand had different story and when he came not -- constant threat -- parents and I'm going to national.
-- -- -- And everybody laugh and -- -- never happened and that's.
-- it's time can hurt my feelings it's that I didn't understand it now I years later I realize you are not used to people.
Haven't had big dreams I was certain Hannity Limbaugh actually said it direction wish it was it well they asked to but not guys are dependent on me and my financial and I'm gonna get married -- let me go to school here there.
And I was just off the wall and it was just kind of sudden minute and shot yeah I'm -- that's the incredible unknown and why you're against.
Because you believe in yourself you grow up dirt poor and you made the most of your life.
And that is an amazing accomplishment in so many women look up to you.
Well thank you very -- to have had a lot of good help through the years them have been the last to work with a lot of great people.
And we've got a lot of things going now so exactly you -- don't worry you dream you want -- -- -- you should be able to help somebody else and that's what his goal in the book.
Your -- -- dream more chat right now celebrate the dreamer -- you he's taken from that commencement speech you have four principles.
That you've got -- -- and he couldn't believe how well -- over with these kids seem able candidate can you give us an idea what they -- is to actually be chapters are all they had learned more -- dream more learn more care more and -- which is also little principles steps we have.
Through our imagination library which is my literacy program would give free books to children from the -- they're more until it starts -- Still -- given away 47 million books.
So when I did this speech -- talked a lot of that then also and he was sent a letter to just that publishers and a -- that's -- middle of their.
Run the foundation.
And they -- what is your not a book and just expend -- -- you learn more.
And the care -- in the being more just really make it more so all the money from this.
It goes to the imagination library you know I'm -- looks.
You know it seems like when your kid you do most of the dream and in your life and then into society or culture or whatever just kind of OK I am part of the machine I mean stop dreaming but this reminds all of us that it's never too late this.
'cause summing the older I get the more dreams out one hand because I want say the easy and you giving your -- second -- -- you have more childhood dreams.
An intriguing yeah.
I -- is -- I think is wonderful to stay BZ all the days of your life and it's you're never too old to dream.
What I found so fascinating though about reading the background of this speech preparation that led to this book was that you were actually.
You can feel you were working.
To give this commencement.
Walker is afraid of it because I can have a -- all day -- and -- and these tiny and talk about stories we -- a lot -- wrote a song in my life story.
But when he comes to things like -- I feel like I was Smart enough for educated enough to really go out and speak to these people won't.
That or you know -- so much more dominant was.
-- -- -- -- am afraid that his.
And that I wasn't intimidated by him I just was little uneasy because speeches are not my thing that -- to -- -- talking about something and her.
And so I wasn't easy but that was what the book it talks about how some nervous going out there but accepted it anyway Ellen and hopefully they'll listen things that -- said that day.
At least be in a local girl.
And it may delight me more and it didn't hurt that I sang rocky top.
Theme song whenever an out that panic bottom overlook on the ice -- yeah.
In the back of the book you you answer some questions that you were asked frequently.
Is it true you met your husband at the wishy washy laundromat that's true a 48 years ago and the audience and it's been wishy -- Anderson.
Her husband's one of the reasons put on make up every day.
Special -- I don't want to go out there.
I consistently exceed all of you get -- and go home and tacky from my husband's a cost it pretty much tied it up for him as well.
Earlier today we've been having this big discussion because there was an article written about the war on men.
And that I guess Ameritrade has precipitously fell for men wanting to get married.
I was arguing that maybe it's because.
Values have sort of lost track in our society and people are having.
Children out of wedlock more so this particular author -- say it's because women are working more and they're angry.
And men do not polite to marry angry women.
-- -- Among those not -- that -- -- working Hayden said it better than what.
-- When you need to ask of them and I have been married for.
46 years and very happy and he seems they had -- -- -- do you find it still works do you find that women aren't actually women anymore and men are acting not acting like me anymore.
A lot thanked suvs on the -- -- independent not for anybody wanna get into the scene.
Conversation let's let people elected me to not talk about.
A woman yeah yeah oh yeah you think -- yeah.
How do you book would you ever run for president.
I own this in house and in Manhattan of -- in one hand and -- and not.
It's hard to read your book a last night it is true for -- -- congratulations.
Check it out he -- Premieres today it's called dream or celebrate the dreamer and you Dolly Parton also known as the -- moment.
With the dollar and also -- those fun things in the Mac -- and so Nixon's last Christmas present wreaths or any knees and felt good -- is talking constantly acting great about it yeah.
Could -- you take us up on Bryant's request to come we'd like to come on to Dolly -- want to -- invited volleys and violent and I just never can come and.
How is the parking is it possible and in the park -- yeah.
And you'll just make sure that -- -- and so you'd allow me to it for a lot of -- -- -- so far away are exhausted but I develop.
True but if you if we do you coming in outlook I regret that aren't really should get the Allen Allen -- denied admission that -- didn't --