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Dive Into Our 1978 Interview with Fearless Proto-Pop Diva Dolly Parton
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Dive Into Our 1978 Interview with Fearless Proto-Pop Diva Dolly Parton

These days, celebrity access is so aggressively contrived and mediated that the idea of having seven wild, unfettered hours to ask prying questions of an interview subject in service of a print interview seems like a fantasy. But when it’s 1978, not 2016, and that reporter is Lawrence Grobel, and that magazine is playboy, and that subject is Dolly Parton—the author of some 3,000 country songs, a famously jocular, guileless and forthcoming woman—the results are their own kind of art. Grobel and Parton’s conversation is revealing in a way that only reiterates Parton’s legacy as the grand dame of sentimental camp and a paragon of self-possession. It’s also loaded with gems: only Dolly Parton would casually disclose how, when growing up in rural Tennessee, her siblings (she’s one of 12) routinely wet the bed with her in it. She didn’t mind, because at least it was toasty: “As soon as I’d go to bed, the kids would wet on me. That was the only warm thing we knew in the…

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