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OTRC: Dolly Parton defends Miley Cyrus: 'We've all been a bit too hard on her'

Dolly Parton appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'Joyful Noise.' (Alcon Film Fund)

As Dolly Parton is set to return back to the big screen in "Joyful Noise" the country music legend is sticking for another star who has struggled a bit in the spotlight, her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.

Parton, who gave an interview with Parade magazine in late December to promote her upcoming film, thinks the media and public is judging Cyrus a little too harshly.

"I remember myself at her age. We've all been a bit too hard on her," Parton said. "I hope she holds it together because there's a world of things she can do. She should keep an eye on things and make wise decisions."

Cyrus, a singer and actress known for "Hannah Montana," made headlines back in November when she claimed she was a "stoner" during her 19th birthday party. Close friend Kelly Osbourne took to her Twitter page the following day to insist the singer was only joking.

Cyrus also got media attention in December 2010 when she was caught on video smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia out of a bong.

The 65-year-old country legend also talked about bonding with her "Joyful Noise" co-star Queen Latifah.

"We come from different worlds, but her real name is Dana Owens, and my mother's name is Owens -- so I said, 'We've gotta be cousins,' Parton said.

Parton has had several film roles over the years in movies like "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Rhinestone" and "Steel Magnolias." However, the signer made her big debut on the silver screen in "9 to 5" opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The film's title song was also one of Parton's biggest hits in her music career.

When asked if she has ever been called a diva, Parton said, "Oh, no! I'm a working girl. I don't make people bend over backwards, and I don't like that in people. I am definitely no diva."

The singer also talked about her husband of 45 years, Carl Dean, who often stays out of the public eye. "I had left two boyfriends at home and the last thing I wanted was a man," She said. "I came to Nashville to work on my music. Wouldn't you know I met him the very first day? It was as if God said: This is the man that's going to love and understand you."

"It seemed like we were brought together for a reason. After 47 years -- 45 married -- we believe that now more than ever," she added.

At 65, Parton is still going strong in the music industry and released her 41st studio album titled "Better Day" in June 2011.

"Joyful Noise" with Queen Latifah, sees the two playing women who team up to try and stop a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. The film is due for release on January 13, 2012.

Check out the trailer for "Joyful Noise" below.


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