Dolly Parton on if She Sleeps In the Nude

Dolly Parton has always been pretty open about her life. But the interview she did with Playboy Magazine in 1978 took things to a new level. At the time, Parton was still early in her career. As an artist, she was finally on her own after leaving The Porter Wagoner Show, and just beginning to branch out from country music. During the interview, Parton spoke about her how sex gets better with age and if she sleeps in the nude.

Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in a white furry ensemble.
Dolly Parton poses for a studio portrait circa 1992 in Lake Tahoe, California | Ron Davis/Getty Images

Dolly Parton said sex gets better with age

Playboy writer Lawrence Grobel asked Parton if sex had changed for her over the years.

“Yes, it gets better,” she said. “The reason it gets better is because you get more mature, you’re more relaxed, you experience more things until you become more comfortable with them, and then you feel also comfortable to experience new things, totally new and different things. It takes you a while to trust somebody enough to be able to tell your fantasies.”

Parton has always been open with and proud of her sensuality.

“I’ve always been a great lover because I’m passionate,” she told People in 2020. “I just feel my sensuality, my sexuality, my passion, and I don’t have to apologize for any of that. I’ve never been offensive in any way, never tried to be. Or I’ve never tried to be anything other than just what I am.”

When Dolly Parton sleeps in the nude

In 1978, Parton had just begun experimenting with sleeping naked. She said her clothing choices (or lack thereof) depended on whether she was going to bed with her husband Carl Dean or not.

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“It has just been the last couple of years that I’ve really started sleepin’ naked,” she told Playboy. “Sometimes I sleep naked with Carl and sometimes I don’t. If I’m up writin’ and I have on a robe, I’ll write until I fall asleep and crawl into bed. If we go to bed together, I usually go naked. But I have to have a cover on me, summer or winter. I can’t stand just a sheet.”

What Dolly wears at home with Carl now

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But what about when Parton is just lounging around the house? She’s not in the nude.

“I don’t wear sweatpants,” she told The Wall Street Journal on May 31. But she does “like to be comfortable like everybody else.”

“I have my own little house clothes, like a little dress-type teddy, a long teddy, then I have a little jacket or shirt to match if I get cold,” she said. “I call them my baby clothes because they’re soft like a baby. But I don’t wear sweat clothes.”

We read you loud and clear, Dolly. No sweatpants for the Queen of Country.