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Dolly Parton Reminisces On Her Humble, Loving Upbringing

The beloved Queen of Country warmly talks about her childhood.
Posted on Dec 3, 2015 | 01:20pm
When Dolly Parton enters a room, she always makes a statement. But, this time, Dolly's sentimental words—instead of her brightly colored outfit—did all the talking.

The famed crooner stopped by The Talk Thursday to talk with the hosts about her new TV movie, Coat Of Many Colors, a sweet ode to her childhood and loving family. Fans may recognize the adorable actress who plays young Dolly (Alyvia Alyn Lind), as Faith Newman on The Young and the Restless

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After admiring just how cute little Dolly looked on screen, Parton took a moment to share some of the lyrics from the '70s tune, beautifully singing:

"My coat of many colors that my mama made for me
Made only from rags, but I wore it so proudly, 
And, although, we had no money, I was rich as I could be,
In my coat of many colors that my mama made for me."

These lyrics inspired the TV movie, which Dolly says is an accurate portrayal of her upbringing. 

"This movie is more about my family and kind of shows who I am because of who the people were who raised me," Dolly said. 

While the bejeweled country treasure is known for her larger-than-life personality and glamorous persona, she stems for humble roots. Dolly isn't one to forget where she comes from, and even now, she smiles as she reminisces. 

"We had a small house—and there's 12 of us in all by the time Mama was finished—and we slept three and four in a bed, so, the hardest part was half of 'em peed in the bed," she laughed. "You kind of got used to that. You'd have to take care of the little kids." 

While she was desperate to break free in her teenage years, Dolly soon realized just how blessed her life was at the time. 

"I thought I couldn't wait to get away from home, but when I left, oh, I was so homesick," she said. "I'd have given anything for all of that—kids crying all through the night—it was a good life. We were poor, but everybody around us was poor. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of stuff money don't buy you." 

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