Dolly Parton always “dreamed” of opening a theme park.
The ’9 to 5′ hitmaker admits her Tennessee tourist attraction Dollywood was something she wanted to establish very early in her career as she thought it would be a “wonderful” thing for local residents.
Asked what made her want to open a theme park, she said: “Actually, I had thought about that early on. The park will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and we’re opening our resort, but it was a dream of mine, even early on.
“I thought, if I do become as successful as I hope then I would love to go back home and create something in that area, which is really one of the biggest tourist areas in the United States – the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in America. A lot of people don’t realise that. I just thought it would be a wonderful thing for the local folks, and for my family.”
The 68-year-old singer has achieved a lot in her career, but still has a number of goals and ambitions.
She explained to The Guardian newspaper: “I still have all my music to do. I’m working on my life story as a musical, and I also would like to see my life story on film, so I’ve been working on that.
“I’d like my own cosmetic company, to do with the makeup and the clothes and the jewellery, that sort of thing.
“So I wake up with new dreams every day, and I hope to live long enough to see a lot of those dreams come true.”
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