Dolly Parton admits she has experienced forms of harassment in all her years in the business but says she’s “more fortunate than most women have" been.
"I've certainly been harassed in my life. I've certainly had to put up with a lot of BS. I was always strong enough to walk away from it and not to have to fall under it,” she tells “Elle” magazine. 'I was lucky that I was in a good country town, where the men in the business have wives, and sisters, and cousins, and children.”
She adds, “It's not like out there in the big world, like in California, where they chew you up and spit you out, or in New York, where they don't have time, or in other big cities.” She also says that she was always strong enough, “to stand on my own or to say, 'Go to hell,' if that's where you needed to go."
- As for the #MeToo movement, Dolly notes, “I think that brought so much stuff to the forefront that people had not been willing to look at, even though they knew it was happening.” Although she believes women “are in a better place now than they’ve ever been before,” she insists, “We still have a lot of the same problems. I think that we just have to keep working at it.”
- ONE MORE THING! Dolly was asked which actress she’s love to see play her in a biopic of her life and she joked, "That depends on when I get it done," although she does mention Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon.
- And...Dolly is celebrating her 50th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, and the milestone will also be marked with an NBC special this fall. "Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry” is set to air November 26th from 9-11 p.m. ET. The special will feature fellow musicians Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jr. and more,