From ''9 to 5'' to ''Steel Magnolias'' and ''Hannah Montana,'' the icon reflects on her acting career

9 to 5 (1980)
”I memorized the whole script because I thought you did a movie like a play. I was shocked to find out it’s shot out of sequence. That was back when I was heavier and gaining and losing weight. Jane [Fonda] said, ‘Dolly, you’ve got to watch your weight because you can’t go in a door 15 pounds lighter than you come out.”’

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
9 to 5 spoiled me. I thought, ‘Wow, what took me so long to get in the movies?’ But this was just the opposite of 9 to 5 — a big heartache, with producers getting fired, and I got dragged through a lot of mud myself.”

Rhinestone (1984)
”Sylvester Stallone had been Rocky and Rambo, but nobody wanted to see him be funny. Behind the scenes, he was twice as funny as the movie.”

Steel Magnolias (1989)
”[Director] Herbert Ross wanted somebody else in my role. He wanted someone else besides Julia Roberts, too; he wanted Meg Ryan and didn’t get her. But then he tells me that I can’t act. I said, ‘Hell, I know I can’t act. If you’re any kind of a director, you’ll make it look like I know how to act!”’

Hannah Montana (2006-7)
”I only did two episodes, but they’ve shown ’em so many times, people think I’ve been on there 100 times. No matter where I’m at, in the street or anywhere, little children go, ‘It’s Aunt Dolly!”’