Dolly Parton was a vision in white on Sunday night! The country music icon, 74, was all dolled up for her Holly Dolly Christmas special on CBS, which had her performing classics (like “Coat of Many Colors” and “I Still Believe”) in a gorgeous white dress. Dolly’s angelic ensemble was covered in gold beading and included detachable sleeves and a train.
The longtime hitmaker rocked her usual long nails and wore her signature blonde locks down and curly. Dolly also donned a red lip for festive occasion, in which she also shared intimate stories and personal experiences after a tough year. “You probably know me from my big hair, my shiny clothes and all that,” she said in the beginning of her CBS TV special. But, there’s more to the country legend than meets the eye.
“I grew up in a big ol’ family, 12 of us kids, 6 girls and 6 boys. We had a lot of fun growing up in the mountains,” Dolly said, recalling, “We didn’t have a lot of stuff that a lot of people have. Nothing that money could buy, anyway. But, we had a lot of good stuff, things money don’t buy anyway. Things like love and kindness and understanding, and all that stuff that you really need, that you can’t put a price on, right?”
Dolly’s holiday special was a big hit to say the least. A Holly Dolly Christmas gifted CBS with both the largest audience (6.2 million total viewers) and the best demo rating (0.7) for any entertainment program on Sunday night — this is according to HollywoodLife‘s sister site, TVLine.
Dolly’s Christmas special comes just a few days after she performed at the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on December 2. The singer appeared remotely to perform “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with late night host, Jimmy Fallon. She garnered much attention for her stage ensemble, which included a sexy Santa costume and red high heels.
Both holiday specials come on the heels of the October 2 release of Dolly’s Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas — her first holiday album in 30 years. She debuted Home For Christmas in 1990. The festive record features vocals from stars including Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Dolly’s Goddaughter Miley Cyrus, and more.