She’s back! Dolly Parton’s surprising role in tonight’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”

At 70-years-young, Dolly Parton is as popular as ever!

Dolly is scheduled to perform at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center at 7 p.m., followed by Dolly's long-awaited sequel to last year's "Coat of Many Colors," which airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Oklahoma's NewsChannel Four.

"Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" picks up where last year's movie left off.

A young Dolly enters the spotlight as her family's trials and triumphs continue.

The Parton family faces a terrifying blizzard without heat or food, and her father takes a dangerous job as a coal miner to help buy his wife the wedding ring he was never able to afford.

As for the real-life Dolly, unlike last year's hit TV movie, she is playing a role - but it's not what you might expect.

Parton is playing the town's "painted lady," whom most of the town found trashy, but Dolly always thought she was beautiful and wanted to look like her when she grew up.

In fact, Dolly says that very woman was her inspiration for crafting her own look over the years.

Ricky Schroder stars as Lee Parton, Dolly's father, while singer Jessica Nettles plays Dolly's mother, Avie Lee Parton.

Schroder tells NewsChannel Four, "My favorite part is seeing the reaction of the people when they see the movie tonight, and giving them a family movie, and a Christmas movie, and a holiday movie, and just bringing a little bit of cheer to everybody's home in America that tunes in - that's my favorite part of it all."