Dolly Parton busted out the news on Monday’s “Today Show.”
Parton (measuring in at 40DD-19-36) surprised young actress, Alyvia Lind, breaking the news that she will play Dolly as a child in the upcoming original movie “Coat of Many Colors.” The film, named after the country crooner’s song, will be based on Parton’s Smoky Mountain upbringing. She serves as executive producer; Pamela Long will write the screenplay.
NBC makes this statement: “Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Over the years, many have attempted to bring this story to life, and now, finally, fans across America can experience the heartwarming tale of a courageous nine-year-old girl from Tennessee and the loving family that taught her the power of inner strength.”
Parton, who turns 70 in January 19, once called the 1971 tune her “favorite song.” The self-penned classic tells the story of how her mother stitched together a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family, telling her the biblical story of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors. But when the excited girl debuts the new coat at school, she is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags. (The original coat is now on display in Parton’s Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Parton is smart, sassy and very, very, very, very rich. NBC is making her richer: The network’s deal with Parton includes a series of TV movies based on Parton’s songs, stories and life. NBC and Parton won’t go too far with details except that the flicks “will contain music but won’t be musicals, with Parton possibly appearing in some.”
Smells like “Jolene” and some “Applejack.”