Jane Fonda Says It Took Her a Year to Convince Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton to Do “9 to 5”

In 1980, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton starred in the workplace, female-centric comedy, “9 to 5.” At the time, Parton was already a country music superstar, but the film helped propel her into the mainstream and the song won her two GRAMMYs and was nominated for an Oscar.

Since the movie the three leading ladies have remained close friends, but on-screen reunions have been limited to random press events or awards shows. However, Tomlin and Fonda star in the Netflix show, “Grace & Frankie,” which means we get a lot of reunions with them and talk of the old days.


Most recently, the pair was on “The Tonight Show,” when Jimmy Fallon asked about “9 to 5.”

“I produced it and it took me a year to convince her and Dolly to do it. And even after she started it, she almost quit,” Fonda shared.

To which Tomlin replied, “Well, her comedy chops, at that time, were particularly questionable. I thought the weight of the comedy would be on my shoulders.”

Of course, the two have their comedic timing down pretty well these days.

And what about Dolly making a cameo? She wants to do it and told us they’ve been trying to work the schedules out. Here’s hoping those schedules get worked out soon.