Dolly Par­ton builds on film suc­cesses with ‘Dumplin’’

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WORLD / NATION -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Dolly Par­ton says she never re­ally as­pired to be “The Girl in the Movies,” the ti­tle of her Golden Globe-nom­i­nated song from the new dram­edy “Dumplin’.”

Co-writ­ten with hit ma­chine Linda Perry, the song ex­presses the re­bel­lious, plus­sized ti­tle char­ac­ter’s se­cret long­ing to fit in, to have happy Hol­ly­wood end­ings — just like “the girl in the movies.”

While Par­ton said she could re­late to many el­e­ments of the song’s lyrics, “I never had a dream of be­ing on the screen. I fig­ured I’d grow into that, and I did. But my mu­sic was most im­por­tant.”

Par­ton was a long-es­tab­lished coun­try su­per­star and had crossed over to the pop charts with the 1977 smash “Here You Come Again” when Hol­ly­wood called.

“I had been ap­proached about act­ing in some things, but I wasn’t quite ready,” she re­called. “Then Jane (Fonda) came to me and said that they want to do this movie with me and Lily (Tom­lin), and I thought, ‘Well, this is the per­fect time, if I’m ever go­ing to do it, be­cause if it was a hit, we could all take credit. But if it was a flop, I could blame it on them,’” Par­ton ex­plained, with a laugh.

The film, the sear­ing work­place com­edy “9 to 5,” be­came the No. 2 box-of­fice film re­leased in 1980 be­hind only “The Em­pire Strikes Back,” ac­cord­ing to Box Of­fice Mojo. “9 to 5” also in­spired Par­ton’s only solo pop-chart top­per, a TV se­ries and a Broad­way mu­si­cal. The ti­tle song earned Par­ton an Os­car nom­i­na­tion and Par­ton’s new com­po­si­tions for the stage mu­si­cal were hon­ored with a Tony nom­i­na­tion.

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