While she may not be a country singer herself, Reese Witherspoon shares close connections with the country music community. Those connections were strengthened in 2005, which was the year that Witherspoon starred as country music icon June Carter Cash in the film Walk the Line.
Witherspoon's performance was widely praised by fans and critics alike. She received the Best Actress award at a number of ceremonies, including the Academy Awards.
Since then, Witherspoon has maintained close ties with various country music artists. As Nicole Kidman's friend and co-star in the critically-acclaimed series Big Little Lies, Witherspoon has recently been mingling more in the country music scene. For those of you who were unaware, Kidman is married to one of the biggest stars in country music right now...Keith Urban.
But Urban isn't the only artist that Witherspoon has connections to. She also hold a special place in her heart for Dolly Parton. Since Parton's birthday was on Friday (January 19), Witherspoon wanted to do something special for her.
Parton later revealed the magnificent gift that Witherspoon got her for her birthday. As she shared to Instagram, Witherspoon said she was donating 100% of her January 19th profits from her fashion and lifestyle brand Draper James to Parton's Imagination Library.
According to its website, the Imagination Library "is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income." In 2016 alone, the Imagination Library was responsible for sending out one million books to children every month.
Parton was immensely grateful for Witherspoon's generous gift to the Imagination Library, writing, "I'm just blown away by @reesewitherspoon's kind heart!"
I'm just blown away by @reesewitherspoon's kind heart! She's donating 100% of her profits today at @draperjames to my @imaginationlibrary in honor of my birthday! Love love love! #Repost @reesewitherspoon ・・・ Few people in this world have touched my heart like Dolly. She has been my inspiration all my life. Her kindness, her humility, her beautiful spirit. Help me wish @DollyParton Happy Birthday!!! 🎂🎂🎂 In honor of this extra special Southern gal, 100% of today’s profits at @DraperJames will go to Dolly’s charity, @imaginationlibrary. 💕 Dolly! #HBD 🎉
In her own post to Instagram, Witherspoon wrote about why she decided to give Parton such an extraordinary gift. "She has been my inspiration all my life," Witherspoon said about Parton.
We think it's incredibly kind of Witherspoon to give her such a gift! This birthday was surely one for Parton to remember.
Tune in below to listen to one of the songs off of Parton's children's album. All proceeds from that album also go to the Imagination Library!
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