Probably one of my favorite Dolly Parton songs of all time is her 1971 “Coat of Many Colors.” It evokes images of my own families’ Appalachian roots and I am pleased to share with you will be able to watch the movie based on the song Dec. 10.
I am sure there won’t be a dry eye in many American living rooms when “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airs December 10 on NBC.
“My favorite song that I’ve ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my mama made for me,” Parton said.
Parton’s mother initially sewed the the jacket as a blanket for her unborn baby, but she reworked the piece for her youngest daughter.
The upcoming primetime special, which showcases Jennifer Nettles in the role of Parton’s mother, Avie, wasinspired by a series of events Parton endured when she was 9 years old growing up in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.
The family-oriented, faith-based movie profiles the loss of Parton’s unborn sibling, the family struggles to keep it together while grieving and the bullying the 9-year-old endured when other children criticized the quilted coated.
As one of the executive producers, Parton herself was very hands on in the making of the film – especially when it came to casting her family members.
“She told me, ‘I loved your little eyes,” says Lind of auditioning in front of Parton.
Jennifer Nettles plays Parton’s mom, Avie Lee Parton, and Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Robert Lee Parton.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is the first in a series of television movies developed by Parton that are expected to be released through 2016.
I am honored to know and have co-starred with Dolly and I am thankful that she is using her star power to create positive uplifting family entertainment with stories that share a lesson in life for those young and old.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” airs Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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