Dolly Parton Opens up about What Her Dad Is Most Proud of Her For
Dolly Parton revealed the thing she did that made her dad very proud of her, and it has nothing to do with her successful music career.
Country music star, Dolly Parton, sat down with Jenna Bush Hager, of the "TODAY" show to talk about the one thing they both love most — books.
Hager asked Parton what inspired her to start the Imagination Library, and the singer explained that growing up, her father was the smartest person she knew, but he could neither read nor write.
The country star said she wanted to do something to help others who could not educate themselves like her father; hence, the library. The singer equally explained that those who can't afford college could teach themselves on any subject if they read. Parton then revealed that despite her success as a music artist, her father is most proud of her for starting the library, and he got to hear people call the singer "Book Lady" before he passed.
As much as the "Smoky Mountain" singer started the Library to honor her father, she revealed to Hager that it was her mother who introduced her to books during her younger years, and the country star has not stopped reading since.
The award-winning artist equally revealed that she reads about fifty books a year, and the Library so far has made available about 150 books to the public.
Parton's philanthropic efforts have not gone unnoticed, and others have found ways to honor her. Earlier this month, singer, Post Malone, during a performance in Tennessee, wore a shirt designed with the singer's face. The singer, grateful for the honor shared the look on Twitter, writing she loves Post Malone.
The singer-actress hometown of Sevierville also honored her by erecting her statue. The gesture was their way of honoring Parton for her contributions to the town and her charity efforts. Parton has also gotten recognition for her music; she is a two-time holder of the Guinness World Record.
The first is for the Most Decade with a Top 20 Hit on the US Hot Country and the second is for Most Hits On US Hot Country Songs by a Female Artist.
The "Rhinestone" actress extended her kindness to her family; she bought the rundown house she grew up in with eleven siblings and spent millions of Dollars renovating it, and the singer does not plan to stop her good works anytime soon.
At 73, Parton plans to continue giving out more books to society and helping out her community; however, she can.