For the past six seasons, fans have loved following along with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda on the sitcom Grace and Frankie. The two women as well as their on-screen ex-husbands played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston round out an incredible cast that will have you laughing episode after episode. Netflix shared some amazing news leading up to the show's seventh and final season: Tomlin and Fonda's former co-star from 9 To 5, Dolly Parton, will be appearing in a guest-starring role.
In a Feb. 2011 interview with Lorraine, Parton seemed to confirm her guest appearance on the popular Netflix series.
"I have been trying to do Grace and Frankie for years. We worked so well on 9 To 5, and it's a crazy wonderful show," she said. "We have been trying to write me in somehow, so when it is safe to actually do a production, I will probably get around to doing that."
"Well, we're always hoping that will happen," Tomlin said. "We've got a great role for her this time. I think she will do it. I'm just hoping she will. And we hope she can do it and we think she can do it by remote." She added that it's been hard finding something that will work with Parton's schedule because of how busy she is. "She's always writing books or writing songs or doing something for people or helping people in Tennessee, totally."
She isn't wrong. In 2020 alone, Parton released a Netflix Christmas film, a holiday album, donated $1 million to help fund the development of the Moderna vaccine and more.
In a July interview with Andy Cohen, Parton confirmed that her appearance to guest star on the Netflix series is going to happen. When asked if we'd ever get to see her on the show, the superstar replied, "Yes, you are!"
"This is their last year, their last season, so we're figuring out how they want to use me, but I am absolutely going to be on it this year."
This post was originally published on February 11, 2021. It was updated on Nov. 8, 2021.
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