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When Dolly Parton decided to set sail as a solo artist in the mid-1970s, she explained that she was searching for wider horizons. Dolly showed just how far she could go when she landed a role in the comedy film 9 To 5.
She utilized every one of her talents for the movie, which centered around a trio of female office workers plotting to turn the tables on their sleazy, male chauvinist boss. Dolly wrote and performed the title song and also made her acting debut as Southern-spun secretary Doralee Rhodes. Fans and movie critics raved that Dolly more than held her own against co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who had both won acting awards.
"I thought, 'This is going to be a breeze,' I didn't really have to act," said Dolly at the time. "I just played myself as a secretary. I never had a bad day on that film."
And Jan. 24, 1981, proved an especially good day, as Dolly's "9 To 5" single went No. 1 on the country charts. The song also worked its way to No. 1 on the pop charts in February.