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Dolly Parton Credits Her Childhood For Her Success

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Dolly Parton was raised in poverty, but wouldn’t trade her upbringing for anything.  

She grew up in a one bedroom cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains with 11 brothers and sisters. Her mother a father didn't have much money, but they made up for it with love. 

"I think my childhood made me everything I am today," Dolly told Entertainment Tonight. "I would trade nothing for being brought up in the Great Smoky Mountains. I've never been ashamed of my people no matter how poor or dirty we might have been. I've always loved being from where I am, and having the folks that I've had."

 Her childhood inspired the upcoming TV movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, which airs December 10th on NBC. The movie is named after Parton's iconic song "Coat of Many Colors" that is about a coat her mom made her out of different colored rags. 

Although her childhood was difficult, Parton says it has made her who she is today. According to Alyvia Alyn Lind, who is playing young Dolly in the movie, "The big Dolly Parton and the little Dolly Parton are very alike because they're both sassy, but they're both very sweet."

Her country roots gave her everything. "It's made me what I am," Parton continued. "It's that spiritual base, it's that family, love of family, it's just that simple life, feeling like part of nature."

Watch the trailer for Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors.

And take a look at Dolly Parton performing "Coat of Many Colors" below.

Lyrics Below

Back through the years
I go wonderin' once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn't have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin' every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldn't wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldn't understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told 'em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn't understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me

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