As 1980s comedy classic 9 to 5 turns 35 years old, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton share their favorite memories — and reveal secrets — from the set in the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now.
Jane and Lily tell Closer that they remember knowing they had a hit when Dolly first played the opening theme for them on the comedy’s set one day. “Dolly sang us the song and used her nails like a washboard,” Jane, 78, recalls to Closer of the unforgettable memory, “We knew the [feminist] movement had a new anthem." Lily adds, "It was a big moment, because we knew the song was sensational."
“I thought if it’s a hit, I’ll take the credit. If it’s a flop, I’ll blame it on them,” Dolly jokes.
“The movie was a huge phenomenon,” says Jeanine Basinger, who is a film professor at Wesleyan University. “People like to say what a giant feminist document it is, but it’s a funny, funny movie. It gave you a message in a charming, comic way.”
Lily, Jane and Dolly in the 1980 film. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
And the film’s stars say it was just as much fun to film as it is to watch. “Dolly, Jane and I had several pajama parties,” Lily, 76, reveals to Closer. “We’d go to the Hotel Bel-Air and rent a cabana and share our feelings.”
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As for a possible sequel, at the moment, Jane’s the only holdout saying “I’m not motivated right now,” but maybe Lily’s pitch will convince her: “We wouldn’t be the stars — our daughters would be the main characters,” she suggests to Closer. “But we’d save the day. We’d teach them how to do it!”
For more from Lily, Dolly and Jane, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
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