At First, Dolly Ate Room Service Scraps to Survive in Nashville

It's hard to imagine there was ever a time when the glamorous Dolly Parton wasn't glamorous.

But Dolly reveals to The Tennessean newspaper that she went through tough times when she decided as a teenager to leave her native East Tennessee and go to Nashville.

To feed herself, Dolly would roam hotel hallways after dinner to look for room service leftovers.

“Some people left a lot of good stuff,” she said in the article. “They’d leave half a hamburger, or they’d leave bananas or whatever else. If you’re hungry, you do what you’ve got to do.”

And that included bartering with restaurants.

“I used to go to Couser’s restaurant on Nolensville Road, and say, ‘I’ll clean these tables and keep the mustard and ketchup done up if you’ll feed me a hot meal,’” she says.

“I got to be friends with those people, and then I’d bring my guitar and entertain them in between meal times.”

Dolly's determination has obviously paid off in the long run, and fans can read about the journey to stardom in her new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.


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