RARE FOOTAGE: Inside Dolly Parton’s Lavish 1980s New York Penthouse


Credit: CBS Broadcasting

Dolly Parton, the country music queen gave us a peak in this rarely-seen video from when she was preparing for her debut in the movie, 9 to 5.



When Dolly became a super successful musical superstar along with award-winning songwriter, it led to this penthouse in New York City.


When seeing some of these pictures, and the video below, we learn that her staff (and former manager-turned-business partner, Sand Gallin) was responsible for the decorations. The penthouse is filled with books, rare art and furniture that only a true 80s lover could love…

The suite had an amazing view of NYC’s Central Park and was a spot that Dolly would stay in between musical and movie projects over the years.

“I love it up here. I don’t get here all that often, but it’s a good place for me to work, I write a lot of songs up here,” Parton told CBS during an episode of their Country People series in 1980. “‘Looking out over Central Park there’s just that little bit of simplicity, it almost looks like a country scene, and then to kind of look out and see all the buildings and the high rises. It’s like the country and the city, just this little area here, and I get inspired.”


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All throughout the interview, Dolly talks about how Sandy was actually responsible for the decor…

“It ain’t my taste,” She revealed. “That’s when Sandy here comes in handy. He’s got taste and I got talent!”

“I have to be honest and tell you some of the pictures in this apartment cost a lot and I can’t help think: ‘Good Lord, I coulda’ done that in first grade!’”

Gallin, who managed Parton’s career for many years and partnered with her on a very successful production company was one of her dearest friends. In a 2009 interview she explained that the pair were like Will and Grace, adding that “he had one end of the house and [she] had the other”.

Watch the video below:

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