Leslie Jordan Went to See Dolly Parton Perform in Her High School Auditorium Decades Before They Worked Together


The recent death of actor Leslie Jordan You have gutted fans around the world. Jordan, who was well-known for his bright and effervescent personality, was always willing to try new things and tackle unexpected projects —and he did it all with joy and humor. Jordan was never shy about praising people and projects that he loved. In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens LiveJordan opened up about one particular singer he had a great affinity for, admitting that he saw Dolly Parton perform in her high school auditorium decades before the two collaborated on his 2021 gospel album.

What did Leslie Jordan say about seeing Dolly Parton perform?

L: Leslie Jordan | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, R: Dolly Parton | Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Jordan was a frequent guest on Andy Cohen’s late-night talk show, Watch What Happens Live. Several years before his death, the actor paid a visit to the show to talk about his love for Dolly Parton. In the interview, Jordan, who also grew up in Tennessee, admitted that he once drove for several hours to watch Parton perform in her high school auditorium before she reached the level of superstardom that she would later achieve.


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