By 1985 Dolly Parton was one of the most famous stars in America. Over the previous ten years Parton had successfully transitioned from Country signer to super celebrity; her albums sold over a million copies and won Grammys. Between 1981 and 1985, she had twelve Top-10 hits. Her films (and their theme-songs) such as 9-to-5 and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, were massive commercial hits.
It is no secret that Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was fascinated by fame, especially when possessed by beautiful and intriguing women. Under what circumstances Dolly Parton entered Warhol’s world is a story arguably too large for this platform, but in 1985 the two connected. Warhol, in his typical portrait-making approach, took a number of Polaroids of Dolly.