Dolly Parton Isn’t A NYC Hooker

Dolly Parton is in New York for a press tour in support of the Broadway musical 9 To 5, despite making a vow never to return to the city where she was mistaken for a prostitute more than 40 years ago.

- May 1, 2009

Dolly Parton is in New York for a press tour in support of the Broadway musical 9 To 5, despite making a vow never to return to the city where she was mistaken for a prostitute more than 40 years ago.

While on vacation in the Big Apple, Parton and a girlfriend found
themselves on the infamous 42nd Street, where — unbeknownst to the pair
— sex workers often travel in twos to avoid danger.

"We looked like we might be [prostitutes] because I still had the big hair, looking trashy like I do," Parton told David Letterman, according to the World Entertainment News Network.

Fortunately for the future of country music, Parton was well armed with a weapon and a sharp tongue.

"Our daddies had given us both a gun when we left home. So I had a gun," she recounted.

"This guy was trying to put the make on me, kept pushing me against the wall... I said, 'Look, if you touch me one more time I'm gonna shoot you!'"

The women escaped unharmed, but more trouble awaited them.

Apparently,
the overly friendly stranger wasn't the only one to misidentify Parton
and her friend. When they got back to their hotel in search of safety,
they realized that they had been locked out — with all their luggage
still in the building.

"[The hotel staff] thought we were turning tricks. Our luggage was
in the hall. We had to go to the airport [and] wait for hours and
hours," said Parton.

After that escapade, the Backwoods Barbie had no plans to return to NYC.

"I didn't come back here for years. I thought I'd never come back."

It's unlikely there will be any mistaking the country legend this time around.

9 To 5: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Parton, is directed by Joe Mantello and runs until Jan. 10.

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