Dolly Parton: ‘I made a better whore than I did a secretary’ in movies

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Dolly Parton believes she was better suited to play a prostitute in 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas than a secretary in 9 to 5.

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The legendary country singer made her film debut, opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, in 1980’s 9 to 5, playing a secretary dealing with a sexist boss – a role that she felt was written just for her.

“When I read that part for 9 to 5, it was a girl from Texas and she was so much like me anyway, so that was not that far-fetched,” Parton told Tim McGraw on his Beyond The Influence podcast. But she really hit her stride two years later.

“I made a better whore than I did a secretary,” the Jolene singer said of playing a brothel boss in the movie musical.”

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“I only take parts that are pretty close to my own personality. I have never yet done one of those scenes that was that far-fetched,” she told her fellow country star. “Even when I did Steel Magnolias, I played a beautician. If I hadn’t made it in the music business, I would have been a beautician. So I understood that.”

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