your idea of perfect happiness?
A big loaded baked potato and a good book with time to eat it and read it.
your greatest fear?
Flipping my wig.
historical figure do you most identify with?
Snow White, because she slept with the seven dwarfs and got away with it.
living person do you most admire?
Any person trying to uplift mankind.
the trait you most deplore in yourself?
The fact that sometimes my mouth is a little too big and a little too open and sounds too much like a sailor.
the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty and being late for appointments.
your greatest extravagance?
My bus and my stage costumes.
your favorite journey?
Driving my Jeep around My Tennessee Mountain Home.
you consider the most overrated virtue?
Monogamy—I’m sorry, I meant monotony.
living person do you most despise?
Unfortunately, it’s different every day because every day somebody is hurting a whole lot of people.
words or phrases do you most overuse?
“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
your greatest regret?
I would have really loved to hear Elvis sing “I Will Always Love You.”
who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, Carl Dean—we have been together for 47 years.
where were you happiest?
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I want really long legs.
you consider your greatest achievement?
The Imagination Library.
were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A big, fat hog so I could eat whatever I want.
your most treasured possession?
your favorite occupation?
your most marked characteristic?
Do I really need to answer that question?
your heroes in real life?
Everyone who gets up every day, puts on their boots or high heels, and gets to working on what they love to do.
your favorite names?
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
What is it
that you most dislike?
you like to die?
Singing onstage—and everyone walking around me saying, “Look how happy she looks.”
“Dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.”