Turns out Dolly Parton is up before the sun. 

As a woman who’s busy managing an empire, Dolly wakes up at 3 a.m. each morning to begin her hectic work day. But, it turns out, it’s a family tradition, as her father, Robert Lee Parton, was also up before the crack of dawn as a farmer and sharecropper. 

“I don’t need a whole lot of sleep. I go to bed pretty early, but even if I’ve been up late — it’s just kind of like a little clock inside of me that says ‘it’s 3 o’clock!"” Dolly shares with Insider. ”I do some of my best work there, but I get enough sleep. I don’t require as much sleep as a lot of other people do, that’s kind of a Parton family trait. I’m like my daddy. He was always up early, even if he had to go to bed late.”

Dolly recently released a novel, Run, Rose, Run, and an accompanying album of original songs. She’s set to star in a movie based on the book that she and co-author James Patterson will produce with Reese Witherspoon.


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