Dolly Parton personally revealed to a 7-year-old actress this week that NBC had cast her in the role of a young Parton in the upcoming TV film, “Coat of Many Colors,” during a clip from the “Today” show on Monday.
Upon hearing the news from Parton herself, the clip shows little Alyvia Lind jumping in her seat in excitement and shock, shaking her blonde ringlets as her eyes widen, and grinning from ear to ear as Parton tells her, “You have been chosen to play little Dolly in the movie!”
Lind, though only seven, has appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig as their daughter in Lifetime's “A Deadly Adoption,” and has also been seen on the Amazon series “Transparent” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” according to USA Today
"Coat of Many Colors," which is named after one of Parton’s songs, will tell the story of the singer’s poverty-filled upbringing in Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains in the 1950s. When Parton’s mother told her the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, she made her daughter her very own coat of rags to wear, according to Fox News
. But when young Parton proudly wore her coat to school, she was ridiculed by her classmates for her rags.
The upcoming film seeks to take viewers “inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today,” according to NBC
Parton’s own coat of many colors is now on display in her “Chasing Rainbows Museum” at Dollywood in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee.
The song’s lyrics ultimately conclude with this important life lesson that young Parton learned from wearing her coat: “One is only poor, only if they choose to be/Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be/In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.”
Parton went on the become the most honored female country singer of all time with 46 Grammy Award nominations, seven competitive awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, amongst her many other achievements, according to CNN
. She is well-known for a myriad of hits including the original “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” and “9 to 5.”
NBC has not yet announced a premiere date for the TV movie.
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