Dolly Parton, still working "9 to 5," has celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.
The actress, singer and songwriter, who first played the Opry when she was just a teenager, sang on the longstanding radio show Saturday night in Nashville in front of a sold-out crowd. Hank Williams Jr., Lady Antebellum and Toby Keith performed in her honor, as well, and her shows capped off a week of Dolly-themed Opry events. She joked to reporters before her performance that when the Opry approached her about the anniversary, she told them, "I don't want people to think I'm 50 years old."
The anniversary reminded her of her first time performing at the Opry. "Well a lot of people think this is my 50th year the Grand Ole Opry," Parton said. "It's actually been 60 because the first time I got to sing on the Opry, I was 13 years old. And actually Johnny Cash introduced me, I believe. And Jimmy C. Newman had given me his spot."
Parton, 73, said she was grateful to still be chasing her dreams and said she's got more film, TV and music projects on the way. "Maybe I'll be around another 50 years, who knows? If I'm lucky."
The Opry show will be aired on an NBC special on Nov. 26, and Netflix will air an anthology series based on her songs in 2019.
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