"A LOT OF MEN THOUGHT I WAS AS SILLY AS I LOOKED," SAYS DOLLY PARTON ABOUT THE CARTOON LOOKS THAT MASKED HER SAVVY BUSINESS SENSE -- "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
Coming to Broadway Soon with "9 to 5," Parton also tells Morley Safer an
Odd, Only-in-the-Country Story he Couldn't Believe
Dolly Parton says that her cartoon-character looks were a handy smokescreen for men who thought they could take advantage of a silly-looking country girl. The country music star with the city-slicker sense of show business talks to Morley Safer for a 60 MINUTES profile to be broadcast, Sunday, April 5 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television Network.
In New York to oversee the upcoming Broadway production of her hit film "9 to 5," she recalls that earlier in her career, men often didn't see beneath the over-the-top country persona she created to drive her success. "Well, I certainly got hit on a lot and a lot of men thought I was as silly as I looked," she tells Safer. This worked to her advantage. "I look like a woman but think like a man and in this world of business that has helped me a lot...by the time they think that I don't know what's going on, I done got the money and gone."
Her business savvy - especially staying in character in public-- has helped her become an entertainment powerhouse, but it's just one part of a three-part entity. "I love the business end of the business," says Parton, who demanded total control long ago over the financial deals and music publishing that have made her very rich. "I am almost like three people. There's me...the person, me, the star and then there's me, the manager." Click here to watch an excerpt.
But when she tells a story from her early childhood, is she giving Safer the business? While showing Safer her mountain house built on the site of her old family home in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, she tells him one of the strangest and funniest stories 60 MINUTES has ever heard. When Safer accuses Parton of making it up, she says, "I swear to God....It's a famous story in our family."
Tune in Sunday to hear it; it's a story right from the barnyard and it's a real porker.