Ranking Dolly Parton’s 10 Best Cameos

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Dolly Parton, the queen of country music, has graced the music industry and the silver and small screens with her vibrant presence. Her cameos are always a delight, showcasing her wit, charm, and boundless talent. Here are the 10 best Dolly Parton cameos, ranked for your reading pleasure.

  1. “Designing Women” (Season 4, Episode 19) – “The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century”

In this touching episode, Dolly plays herself as a guardian movie star angel, giving Charlene Frazier Stillfield much-needed guidance on motherhood.

  1. “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011) – “Dolly Gnome”

This animated feature had Dolly voice a pink, spade-wielding gnome version of herself, bringing some country charm to Shakespeare’s classic tale.

  1. “Hannah Montana” (Various Episodes) – “Aunt Dolly”

Appearing as Hannah/Miley’s godmother, Parton contributed her signature sparkle and sage advice in this Disney favorite, resonating with a new generation of fans.

  1. “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” (2005)

Again, as herself, Dolly is hilariously involved in a Las Vegas kidnapping plot that turns out to be a complete misunderstanding.

  1. “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1993) – Herself

She made a delightful appearance as herself in this film adaptation of the classic TV show. Her cameo included performing at a charity event.

  1. Bette Midler’s “Bette” TV series (2000)

Dolly Parton appeared as a guest on Bette Midler’s TV series “Bette” in the third episode, “Halloween.” This episode aired on October 25, 2000, and featured Bette Midler and Dolly Parton performing several songs together, including a memorable rendition of “Islands in the Stream.” Other songs were “Shining Star” and “Moses.”

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  1. “Steel Magnolias” (1989) reprise for “Bob’s Burgers” (Season 7, Episode 18) – “There’s No Business Like Mr. Business Business”

Yes, it’s an animated cameo, Dolly’s essence perfectly encapsulates the beloved character Trudy from Steel Magnolias, which she voices on Bob’s Burgers.

  1. “Reba” (Season 6, Episode 6) – “The Housewarming”

Making a surprise appearance at Reba’s housewarming party as herself, she dazzles the sitcom characters and audience alike with her humor and charisma.

  1. “The Simpsons” (Season 14, Episode 10) – “The Strong Arms of the Ma”

Dolly guest-starred as herself in this episode, where she gleefully helps Homer escape from an eagle’s nest using her unique methods.

  1. “9 to 5” reunion for “Grace and Frankie” (Season 3, Episode 9) – “The Art Show”

This memorable cameo is historic. Dolly reunites with her “9 to 5” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for an episode packed with nostalgia and laughter.

From animations to sitcoms and even inclusions in drama series, these cameos have allowed viewers glimpses into Dolly Parton’s multifaceted personality and continue to endear her to fans across all mediums. Each cameo entertains and encapsulates the spirit that Dolly Parton exudes—joyful resilience mixed with sweet Southern flair.

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