Jane Fonda from 'Book Club' Reveals Dolly Parton's Fans Have an Extraordinary Devotion to the Singer
After being friends with Dolly Parton for more than 40 years, Jane Fonda has some things to say bout their relationship.
During the A&E documentary “Biography: Dolly” special, which aired earlier this month, a teary-eyed Jane Fonda talked about her friend, Dolly Parton.
Jane Fonda attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
Dolly revealed that even though she won’t be marching on the streets of Washington, D.C. with her longtime friend [Jane Fonda,] she would be showing her support in other ways.
Musician Dolly Parton and Actress Jane Fonda attend the 'Nine to Five' New York City Premiere on December 14, 1980 at Sutton Theater in New York City, New York | Photo: Getty Images
The 82-year-old actress and activist, who was overcome with emotions as she spoke, stated that people loved her because it usually felt like she opened her arms to embrace "a broad swath of people that don’t always feel seen,” through her songs.
“I’ve been with a lot of big movie stars. I’ve never seen the devotion that her fans have for her in anyone else. It’s quite extraordinary.”
Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton during "9 to 5" 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Launch Party - March 30, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images
Hollywood Life reported that the actress also addressed working together with Dolly on the 1980 hit movie “9 to 5”.
While Jane declared that she realized Dolly would be “perfect” for the film after she turned on the radio and heard Dolly singing “Two Doors Down,” Dolly revealed that she only wanted to be in the movie as long as she wrote the theme song.
Jane Fonda speaks onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
Jane had no issues agreeing to her friend’s terms and soon after, Dolly wrote the original song “9 to 5” which went on to be nominated for an Oscar.
The actress also disclosed that Doralee, which was Dolly’s character, was based on the singer’s real-life personality. While the duo shares several things in common, the one thing that Dolly is yet to do is tag along with Jane during her climate change protests.
Singer/Songwriter Dolly Parton attends the Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years award show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images
The “Jolene” hitmaker explained that people had a different way of making their voice heard so while others did things their own one way, she did her own in another way.