Dolly Parton thinks goddaughter Miley Cyrus "had to resort to extreme measures" artistically.

The country music legend has watched the "Wrecking Ball" singer transform in recent years from Hannah Montana to the overtly sexual performer she is today. But the 68-year-old believes she had to go to such drastic lengths to be seen as her own person, not her Disney Channel character.

"She was spectacular on ["Hannah Montana"], but she just needed and wanted so bad to break out of that and wanted to become Miley Cyrus and she tried every way in the world to do it and nobody would let her go," Dolly explained to People magazine. "So, she just had to resort to extreme measures but she pulled it off."

The "Jolene" singer wasn’t surprised by Miley’s reincarnation. But Dolly just hopes the 21-year-old can have longevity in her career just like she has.

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"I had to laugh, I thought 'Wow,' but I realized she had to do it, she had to go to that extreme, so bless her heart,” she said. “I just hope that she has a long career and I hope that she gets a chance to do everything she wants to do. She’s a very smart and talented girl and I really hope she does as great as I think she can and will because she’s a lot more gifted that a lot of people realize right now."

Dolly’s own career has spanned over 55 years but throughout the majority of that, she has had husband of 47 years Carl Thomas Dean supporting her, even though he prefers rock music.

"He loves me, but he is not necessarily a fan of mine. So in fact when I did 'Stairway to Heaven,' which is one of his favourite songs in the whole world, he was not real happy about what I did with that," she laughed.

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  • “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”

  • "My boobs are fake, my hair's fake but what is real is my voice and my heart."

  • "I like to buy clothes that are two sizes too small and then take them in a little."

  • “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.”

  • "Some of my dreams are so big they would scare you."

  • “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren't in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.”

  • "It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen."

  • "I have little feet because nothing grows in the shade."

  • "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde."

  • "And I was kind of sore after we’d finished filming our headlock, because she’s a big girl. Looking at us was like watching an Amazonian holding a pygmy." (Dolly Parton on a scene with Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise)

  • "If I see something sagging, bagging or dragging I'll get it nipped, tucked or sucked."

  • "I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out."

  • “I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable.”

  • “I hope people realise that there is a brain underneath the hair and a heart underneath the boobs.”

  • "I’ll be wearing my high heels, even if I’m up to my knees in mud"

  • “If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words.”

  • "I describe my look as a blend of mother goose, cinderella, and the local hooker!"

  • “My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order.”

  • “Sometimes my mouth is a little too big and a little too open and sounds too much like a sailor.”

  • "I enjoy the way I look, but it's a joke."

  • “I make jokes about it, but it's the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn't know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I'd ever seen. Momma used to say, "Aw, she's just trash," and I thought, That's what I want to be when I grow up. Trash.”

  • “They got me busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.”

  • "If I have one more face-lift I'll have a beard."

  • "I had to get rich so I could afford to sing like I was poor again."

  • "If you want to see the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain."

  • "I want to be like one of those little fainting goats that get scared and then just fall over. I want to go and go and then drop dead in the middle of something I'm loving to do. And if that doesn't happen, if I wind up sitting in a wheelchair, at least I'll have my high heels on."

  • "After Momma gave birth to twelve of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her."

  • "If there's a heaven, I hope to hell I go!"

  • "I do have large tits. Always had them. I've pushed them up, whacked them around. Why not make fun of them?"

  • "I'm one of those people that if its something to eat I'm going to eat the whole thing, If I'm going to be in love I'm going to love you all the way and if my heart's broken, it's just shattered all to pieces."

  • "I never, ever get involved in politics. With politics you are not allowed to be honest. I don't have time to deal with that. I would rather work with kids."

  • "It's when you treat people like freaks that you become one yourself."