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In 1978, Dolly Parton was well on her way to superstardom. Along with being on the cover of Playboy Magazine, she gave a particularly personal interview, giving fans a peek behind the curtain of who the Queen of Country really is. So who is Dolly Parton? She’s a lot of things, according to the “Jolene” singer.

Dolly Parton posing and dressed as an angel.
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How Dolly Parton would describe herself in 1978

The Playboy interviewer asked Parton how she’d describe herself to someone who’d never seen or heard of her before.

“Well, I would start by saying that I pride myself on being a fair and honest person,” she said, according to the book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton. “I am free and open enough to be able to try new things. I’m outrageous.”

Dolly Parton on her emotions

Parton has always said that she feels everything on a larger scale. She’s unafraid of not being happy all of the time.

“I feel like I have a lot of depth that only the people closest to me really see,” she continued. “I’m compulsive and very ambitious. I’m playful. I’m joyful. I’m mischievous. Serious when I mean to be serious. I can be strong when I need to be and weak when I want to be. I can tell you where to put it if I don’t like where you got it. I’m not a very moody person. I don’t fall into great states of depression. Very sentimental and highly emotional. I’m a baby when it comes to bein’ a baby. I like to be spoiled and petted. I get touched real easy. I’m curious, I have to know everything that goes on.”

She’s ‘full of sh*t!’

Parton went on to speak about her zest for life.

“I’m not a brilliant person, but I have a lot of guts,” she said. “I just don’t have a fear of life. I love life, so why should I fear somethin’ I love? And why should I not reach out to the thing that I know I can touch? I’m strong-willed. I can think like a workingman because I know what a workingman goes through.”


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The Queen of Country has always been able to provide a reliable listening ear.

“I’m a person you could sit down with even if you were a total stranger and tell me the thing you thought was the most horrible thing and I would understand it,” she said. “And I wouldn’t tell. I’m a good friend. I’m loyal and devoted to the things that I believe in.”

And finally, she’s “full of sh*t!”

There’s no one quite like Dolly Parton. Even in the beginning of her career, the Queen of Country knew exactly who she was.