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The iconic Dolly Parton saved the life of a child while shooting for her Christmas movie

The iconic Dolly Parton saved the life of a child while shooting for her Christmas movie

This is such a fitting story since Parton does, in fact, play an angel in the holiday special.

Dolly Parton is quite literally an "angel" in disguise and we now have proof to validate that statement. Parton’s Netflix holiday special, Christmas on the Square, is currently in the production phase, according to TODAY. On the sets of the movie, nine-year-old child actor and dancer Talia Hill almost met with a fatal accident, but thanks to the 74-year-old actress, she escaped unscathed. Hill, who is part of the holiday special, said Parton saved her life by pulling her out of the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Talia recalled the moment during an interview with Inside Edition. “We were on set, and I was at the hot chocolate station, and they said to go back to your beginning positions,” she said. “So there was a vehicle moving, and I was walking, and then somebody grabbed me and pulled me back, and I looked up and it was Dolly Parton.”

“‘Well, I am an angel, you know,’" Parton joked to her, Talia recounts, "'cause she plays an angel in the movie.”



 

Talia said she was “in shock” afterward and it took her some time to process what had happened. “She hugged me and shook me and said, ‘I saved your life,’” Talia recalled. “And my mom was crying, like, ‘Yes you did, Dolly Parton, yes you did.’” This is such a fitting story since Parton does, in fact, play an angel in the holiday special. The movie's plot follows a small town’s fight against a rich landlady who tries to evict everyone and sell their land to a mall developer right before Christmas.

The "Jolene" singer has been working really hard to spread some of that holiday cheer and make the last month of the year better. In addition to starring in and writing the songs for "Christmas on the Square", Parton also released a new holiday album, "A Holly Dolly Christmas". This is actually her first album in the last 30 years. "I've been wanting to do another Christmas album for a long time, and I had the time to do it since we had kind of all holed up at home," Parton said.

Image Source: IMDb/Christmas on the square (2020)

"So I started writing some of these original songs, and I gathered up some more of the old classics. And grabbed a bunch of friends, and we just kind of went for it." Despite having it all, Parton has managed to stay very grounded, and that's because she knows she's got to count her blessings and not her money.

"It ain't about the money. I've often said that I count my blessings a lot more often than I count my money," she said. "I just want to be able to lift up people if I can, and do something, put some joy out there."

Parton's holiday message this year is also all about peace and love. "I think we've just become so divided, 'cause people just seem to love to hate. You know? This is the Christmas season coming up. But we need to carry that Christmas spirit of peace on Earth, and loving one another. We need to carry that into the new year," she recently told Willie Geist, reports TODAY. “And Lord knows, I hope next year is better than this one. We can't save the world, but we can save the world we're living in," she added. "Maybe I'm dreaming. But I don't think so."



 

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