There’s no question that Dolly Parton is one of country music’s biggest legends. But when she stopped by daytime talk show, “Harry” on Oct. 31, she donned a bit of a disguise.
Yup, the 71-year-old icon appeared as Veruca Salt from the 1971 film “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” as part of the program’s Halloween-themed episode. Show host Harry Connick Jr. was costumed as the film’s title character and the elaborately decorated set was made to look like his famed candy factory.
During her appearance, Dolly shared a story of when she once dressed as an over-exaggerated version of herself while working in California.
“Down in Santa Monica, close to my house, they were having a Dolly Parton look-alike contest,” she told Harry. “So they had these big drag queens. I mean, they looked great, too. They were prettier than I could ever dream of being. Anyway, you won the contest by the amount of applause. So all these beautiful guys were walking as Dollys, and here I come walking across the stage and I got the least applause.”
Even though the real deal Dolly remembers losing out to some of her impersonators, she has an endless amount of other achievements to her name. During her visit to the show, she chatted about the writing process behind some of her biggest hits like “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You” and “9 to 5.”
She explained, “’9 to 5′ I started writing on the set when we did that [film].” As she began to run her painted fingernails back and forth against one another she added, “I wear these acrylic nails, and you have to have the nails to get that sound.”
Dolly’s most recent accomplishment includes the release of her first ever children’s album, “ I Believe in You,” which dropped on Oct. 13.