Dolly's Influence In The Best Little Whorehouse

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Dolly's influence continued to grow after the release of her films as newly revealed facets of her already complex personality attracted a diverse group of people. The "lite feminism" of 9 to 5 made her appealing to feminists and working women without offending women with more conservative values. The sexual nuances of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas hinted at homosexuality and her pro-gay rights comments in interviews made her an icon for the queer community. Dolly's feminism and ties to homosexuality challenge her already established reputation as a conservative southern woman. However, she transcends these "mountains of contradictions" through carefully selected media coverage. For example, when interviewed by the Knoxville News Sentinel she kept the conversation centered around her Christian values and her …show more content…
Some of the situations that the film characters contend with are based on the real experiences of the ‘Nine to Five’ women. To turn her idea into a reality, Fonda enlisted the help of screenwriter Patricia Resnick and director Collin Higgins. Fonda then produced the film through her company IPC which she and her business partner Bruce Gilbert had formed after she decided she wanted to have control over her own work. The lead characters were written with Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in mind. Dolly agreed to do the film under the stipulation that she could write the theme song and Fonda agreed. During her down time on set, Dolly wrote ‘9 to 5’ after being inspired by the way her acrylic nails mimicked the sound of a typewriter. The song went on to top both the country and pop charts, and eventually won Parton a Grammy for ‘Best Country Song’. Parton had become a successful crossover artist, even topping charts in the UK, which once again increased the size of her fan base and range of her

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