Dolly Parton

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The legendary singer-songwriter discusses her Tennessee hometown of Sevierville and her nonprofit literacy foundation, Imagination Library. (5:30)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A LEGENDARY SINGER/SONG WRITER WHO HAS COMPOSED OVER 3,000 SONGS.

I'LL ASK HER IF ONE OF THEM WAS "GANGNAM STYLE." (LAUGHTER) PLEASE WELCOME DOLLY PARTON!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) WHAT A PLEASURE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> OKAY!

>> Stephen: WHAT AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU ON.

>> WELL, IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU.

I WATCH YOU ALL THE TIME.

>> Stephen: AS A LITTLE BOY GROWING UP IN SOUTH CAROLINA I WATCHED THE WATER WAGGONER SHOW.

>> THAT'S GREAT!

>> Stephen: HUGE COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW SATURDAY AFTERNOONS RIGHT AFTER THE CARTOONS WERE OVER AND

I ALWAYS HAD TO SEE WHETHER DOLLY WAS GOING TO BE ON THE SHOW.

>> I STARTED THAT SHOW IN 1967 SO YOU WAS A TINY LITTLE THING.

>> Stephen: I HAD A LITTLE CRUSH ON YOU.

I DID.

>> THANK YOU NOW!

>> Stephen: AND YOU KNOW YOU'VE DONE IT ALL, YOU'RE A COUNTRY MUSIC AND A CROSSOVER LEGEND,

QUEEN OF BOTH COUNTRY AND POP, SOLD OVER 100 MILLION RECORDS, "JOLENE" "COAT OF MANY COLORS"

"I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU." YOU'VE BEEN A SONGWRITER, SINGER PERFORMER, OSCAR NOMINEE, EMMY NOMINEE.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HAVEN'T DONE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO?

>> I WANT TO DO MORE OF THE SAME STUFF AND I JUST WAKE UP WITH NEW DREAMS EVERYDAY.

I NEVER KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO NEXT.

>> Stephen: SO BASICALLY YOU WANT TO SAY TO GOD "I WANT MORE OF THE SAME, PLEASE."

>> I'LL TAKE ANOTHER ROUND.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WELL YOU'VE GOT A NEW BOOK CALLED "DREAM MORE: CELEBRATING THE DREAMER IN YOU."

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DO WE REALLY WANT TO DREAM MORE?

BECAUSE I OFTEN DREAM ABOUT FIGHTING BEARS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, YOU PROBABLY DO, BUT YOU NEED TO DREAM MORE.

SO IF IT'S GOOD OR BAD, THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT DREAMING MORE AND BEING ABLE TO GET OUT THERE

AND PUT WINGS AND LEGS AND ARMS ON YOUR DREAMS.

IN OTHER WORDS GET OUT AND MAKE THEM COME TRUE.

>> Stephen: WINGS ON YOUR DREAMS.

>> WINGS ON YOUR LEGS, ARMS ON YOUR DREAMS.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A HIDEOUS DREAM MONSTER.

>> WELL THIS IS REALLY A LITTLE BOOK THAT ALL THE MONEY GOES TO THE FOUNDATION, WE HAVE A

LITERACY PROGRAM CALLED THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY?

IS THAT A LIBRARY FULL OF IMAGINARY BOOKS OR IS IT A --

>> (LAUGHS) NO, ACTUALLY, IT'S A LIBRARY WHERE WE ACTUALLY GIVE CHILDREN A BOOK A MONTH FROM THE TIME

THEY'RE BORN UNTIL THEY START SCHOOL SO THEY CAN LEARN TO READ.

IT STARTED IN MY HOMETOWN AND --.

>> Stephen: IN SEVEREVILLE.

>> IN SEVEREVILLE, TENNESSEE.

YOU'RE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT EVER SAYS THAT RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WELL, I'M FROM THE SOUTH.

THAT'S A TOUGH NAME FOR A CHILD TO GROW UP IN.

SEVEREVILLE.

>> THAT'S HOW YOU PRONOUNCE IT.

>> Stephen: WAS IT SEVERE?

>> WELL, IT WAS AT TIMES, YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE ONE 1206 KIDS.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

SIX GIRLS AND SIX BOYS.

>> Stephen: I'M ONE OF 11 KIDS.

EIGHT BOYS, THREE GIRLS.

>> WELL, YOU'RE PROBABLY CATHOLIC, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: AND I'M GUESSING YOU'RE NOT!

>> WE WERE JUST HILLBILLIES.

(LAUGHTER) I GUESS YOU WERE TOO, RIGHT?

>> Stephen: HOW FAST CAN YOU SAY YOUR BROTHER AND SISTERS NAMES?

WANT TO RACE?

I'LL GIVE YOU ONE NAME HEAD START.

READY, ONE, TWO, THREE, GO.

(BOTH SPEAKING AT ONCE) (LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: VERY GOOD.

VERY GOOD.

>> OH, THAT'S CUTE!

>> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE KNOWN -- YOU HAVE TALENTS.

YOU'RE KNOWN AS BEING A VERY GENUINE PERSON.

CAN YOU TEACH KNOW FAKE THAT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I CAN FAKE THROUGH IT.

>> Stephen: IT IS EYE CONTACT?

IS THAT WHAT IT IS?

>> WELL, SOME OF IT IS.

WHAT DO YOU ANY ARE YOU FALLING FOR IT?

>> I FELL FOR YOU IN 1974.

>> THAT'S SWEET.

WELL MAYBE WE CAN KEEP IT UP SO WE CAN SEE HOW THAT GOES.

>> Stephen: SURE.

(LAUGHTER) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY A SPEECH THAT YOU GAVE AT THE

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, RIGHT?

>> ACTUALLY, IT WAS.

I DID THE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH THREE YEARS AGO AT U.T. AND I WAS VERY NERVOUS BECAUSE I DON'T

LIKE TO MAKE SPEECHES, I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M SMART ENOUGH OR EDUCATED ENOUGH IN THAT WAY TO

TALK TO ALL THOSE EDUCATED PEOPLE.

BUT SINCE IT WAS MY HOME AREA AND I HAD BECOME -- I HAD DONE PRETTY GOOD FOR A LOCAL GIRL

THEY ACCEPTED ME.

IT DIDN'T HURT THAT I CAME OUT SINGING "ROCKY TOP" WHICH IS THEIR THEME SONG THERE.

SO BY THE TIME WE FINISHED IT WENT OVER WELL AND THEN THEY ENCOURAGED ME TO EXPAND ON IT

AND WRITE THE BOOK.

IF IN OUR IMAGINATION LIBRARY WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL FOUR PRINCIPLES OR STEPS.

IT'S LIKE DREAM MORE, LEARN MORE CARE MORE, BE MORE.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT MAKE MORE?

>> I'M FAR, TOO.

YEAH.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE IF YOU MAKE MORE SOMETIMES YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARE MORE.

>> (LAUGHS) THAT'S TRUE!

>> Stephen: WELL, I'VE HAD A DREAM WHICH IS THAT I'D LOVE TO DO A SONG WITH YOU.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) CAN I DO A SONG WITH YOU?

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL BE B RIGHT BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY THE

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