Dolly Parton is known for her energetic performances and flamboyant style, both in fashion and her music – and now the global superstar, 72, has revealed she hopes her death comes with just as much drama as her sell-out shows.
Speaking to People magazine in a revealing interview, the ‘9 to 5’ singer said she hopes to die on stage mid-song in front of her adoring fans, doing exactly what she loves most.
“I just hope I fall dead in the middle of a song, hopefully one I wrote, right on stage. That’s the way I go!” she joked.
Parton has no plans to slow her career down now and never wants to retire, as she told the magazine the only thing that would ever make her take a step back from the limelight is if her beloved husband ever needed her by his side.
“I am grateful that I am still here. So many people have more talent than I’ve ever dreamed of having that never get to see dreams come true,” she told the magazine.
“If my husband needed me, or someone in my family, I would put him first,” she added. “I’ve always put myself first and my career first, but if something were to happen to him, I would pull back on that.”
It comes after the star recently proved she is not to be messed with as she recalled pulling a pistol on a man who wouldn’t stop harassing her on a New York street, during a candid chat with the Mail Online.
Dolly confessed that her father gifted her a pistol when she left home at the age of 18, and revealed she didn’t hesitate to defend herself when the man refused to leave her and her girlfriend alone one night.
“We were in New York, it was very late and this guy thought we were street walkers,” she said. “I told him to get lost but he wouldn’t and so then I told him I’d turn him from a rooster into a hen and I got my pistol out of my purse and I shot it into the street. That did the trick!’
The country music superstar made her debut in 1967, with her album Hello, I’m Dolly, which become an immediate success. In her long, fruitful career, Dolly has recorded an array of hits including two-time chart-topper ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Jolene’, ‘Coat of Many Colours’ and ‘9 to 5’.
She has also had a successful acting career, receiving a Golden Globe in 1980 for New Star of the Year for her performance in 9 to 5 and has appeared in many films over the years including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, Rhinestone (1984) and Steel Magnolias (1989).