During the NBC Upfronts in New York City this morning, country music legend and gay icon Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance, looking fabulous, as usual, in a rainbow sequined getup. She was there to announce that the network had just greenlit her project “Coat of Many Colors,” a TV movie based on her Tennessee upbringing.
The movie is titled after Parton’s 1971 song “Coat of Many Colors,” which the singer often describes as being one of her favorites from her catalog. It tells the story of how her mother once sewed together a coat for Dolly out of old rags. The family didn’t have much money, but her mother was determined to make something beautiful for her daughter to have. Dolly loved the coat, but when she wore it to school, she was teased relentlessly by her classmates.
Of course, Parton got the last laugh in the end. The song reached reached #4 on the U.S. country singles chart when it was first released. Not only that, but she became a huge international star, and her story has inspired countless people the world over. We can hardly wait to see it told on the small screen.
“Coat of Many Colors” will be the first in a series of standalone TV movies based on Parton’s songs, stories and life. No word yet on how many cans of Aqua Net the network plans to budget for, or if Parton will be appearing in any of the movies or just serving as executive producer.
Check out this video of Parton performing “Coat of Many Colors” back in 1979.