In what films did Dolly Parton star

cult: An angel for America

Much has been said in recent weeks about a divided USA. But left and right, east and west, north and south, woman and man, black and white, trucker and drag queen can probably agree on one person forever in astonishing brotherhood. This is country musician Dolly Parton. The singer and songwriter is practically the pillar saint of US culture, and not only because of her famous songs such as "Jolene", "9 to 5" or "I will always love you", which Whitney Houston covered as a fighting ballad. Parton is the queen of country and this music is arguably the most original American phenomenon of all. Parton is, in the truest sense of the word, the dazzling icon of the genre, and she achieved this with a remarkable talent for timeless, catchy melodies apart from whiskey, banjo and "yeehah". And the effective combination of the down-to-earth, general content (which the trucker likes) and carloads of rhinestones in costumes and cowboy boots (which the drag queen likes). In its uniqueness, it has had a massive impact on the country industry and is therefore certainly partly responsible for some acoustic tastelessness. Dolly Parton liked that anyway, because she is so proud of her own bad taste that she defends it with the most charming weapon: with humor. "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap," she once clarified, for example.

Candy cane shock

The new Christmas film, which can now be seen on Netflix, follows this tradition. In the beauty salon there is also the quote "The higher the hairstyle, the closer to the sky", a rule that the devout parton undoubtedly also takes to heart under the teased blond head. (One of her few comments on Donald Trump was, “If the president is so hated, why don't we pray for him?”) The musical “Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square” (currently only available in English with subtitles) is a kitsch avalanche in a class of its own with miraculous twists and turns from the category "Just in a coma, now on your stage" - and therefore exactly what most Christmas film lovers expect from a Christmas film.

The great Christine Baranski plays the seventy-seventh variant of Ebeneezer Scrooge, she struts tightly through the candy cane enthusiasm ballet and distributes evacuation notices. She won't let herself be deterred by cute puppies dressed in Christmas sweaters. Dolly Parton is an angel disguised as a sandler, who can sit particularly cheekily on a cloud and almost cheekily hides the lush neckline in the 80s triangle under plenty of glitter. Parton also has a new Christmas album, "A Holly Dolly Christmas", which is by no means her first. Just as the film is not her first on the relevant topic. Parton also celebrates an annual Christmas festival, "Smokey Mountain Christmas", in her amusement park named after her "Dollywood" in her home state of Tennessee.

Angel with a million check

Also this year. The note on the homepage of this amusement park, which makes it clear that by entering the entertainment area, you agree to voluntarily expose yourself to the risk of infection with Covid-19, shows that Dolly Parton is also an American businesswoman. But at least one who is no stranger to philanthropy. It was only recently announced that the country singer - who, by the way, grew up in poor conditions - may have accelerated vaccine development. She donated a million dollars to the university of a doctor friend of hers, which went into research into the Moderna vaccine. This doctor, Naji Abumrad, says: "Without a doubt, your donation made the journey to the vaccination ten times shorter." In the social networks they didn't want to resign themselves to this with enthusiasm and demanded that Parton rewrite their hit "Jolene" to "Vaccine". Quasi as an anthem that now also unites those who want to and those who oppose the vaccination.

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