Lauren Marino: April 25, 2018


All American icon Dolly Parton is the role model we need right now

Author Lauren Marino will discuss how the Queen of Country music runs a $650 million empire, is one of the country’s biggest literacy advocates and brings people from all walks of life together during these divisive times.





Lauren Marino

Lauren Marino, longtime book editor and publisher and the author of WHAT WOULD DOLLY DO?: HOW TO BE A DIAMOND IN A RHINESTONE WORLD

Part biography, part words of wisdom and life lessons the book highlights the very best of the highly quotable Dolly Parton. Her unrelenting positivity and belief in everyone’s ability to overcome adversity through grit, faith, a strong work ethic and a big heart got her out of poverty. From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, she became an international superstar, a successful businessperson and philanthropist, the epitome of the American Dream. How did she do it and how can anyone tap into their inner Dolly and put wings on their own dreams?


Some interesting facts from the book:

-Kevin Costner didn’t want “I Will Always Love You” as the anthem for The Bodyguard, which Dolly had written and performed as a hit years before. He took some convincing before Whitney Houston made it into a huge #1 hit which set up the marketing campaign for the popular movie.

-Both Reese Witherspoon and Kristin Chenoweth claim Dolly as their childhood –and ongoing – role model. Reese created a “What Would Dolly Do?” tote bag for her lifestyle company Draper James, which sold out almost immediately after going on sale and Kristin has an album of the same name and often pays homage to Dolly in monologues and songs in her performances

-She is a prolific songwriter with somewhere between 3000-5000 songs in her catalogue

-Dolly was a producer of the successful television show BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

-She is the founder of the Imagination Library which has given over 100 million books to children under the age of five since its inception; it is one of the largest literacy programs in the World. She was recently honored at the Library of Congress

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