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7 Celebrities Share Moving Memories About Their Dads for Father’s Day

See what Tanya Tucker, Kristin Chenoweth, Joan Collins and more had to say about their beloved dads!


Father’s Day is a time to reflect on the lessons our dads taught us and show them how much we appreciate them. Over the years, many of the celebrities who’ve appeared on the covers of our magazines have shared sweet words about their dads, and they’re sure to resonate — even if you’re not a celeb yourself!

Read on for some of the best celebrity dad quotes that have been shared in our pages.

1. Susan Lucci: ““He said to dream my dreams and dream without limits”

Susan Lucci in 2024
Susan Lucci in 2024Astrid Stawiarz/Getty for The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection

Soap star Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on All My Children for decades, said, “My dad was such a wonderful dad and encouraged me always to dream my dreams and dream them up to the moon and back — to never be afraid.”

She continued, “He said to dream my dreams and dream without limits. He was very fair-minded and believed in education in a time where not all men believed in education for their daughter. He did. He took time with me. He was a terrific artist and he taught me to draw in charcoals and painting and riding horses. He would just spend time with me and that made an influence on me — it’s the kind of person I wanted to be with my children.”

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2. Dolly Parton: “He took great pride in feeling like he had really done something in his life”

Dolly Parton in 2023
Dolly Parton in 2023SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty

Country icon Dolly Parton shared how her dad was the inspiration for her charity Imagination Library, which provides millions of books for kids around the world. “My dad and a lot of my relatives were not able to go to school because they were from big, poor mountain families and kids had to get out and work the fields and do whatever they could to keep the family going,” she recalled.

“My dad was so smart, but he never got to go to school so he couldn’t read and write,” she added, “I just knew how crippling that was to him and so I thought this would be a wonderful thing because there’s a lot of people in this world that are ashamed of the fact they can’t read and write.”

Parton’s dad’s struggles led her to use her platform to support literacy, and as she said, “My dad got to live long enough to see the Imagination Library do well and he was so proud of that. He got to hear the kids call me the book lady. He took great pride in feeling like he had really done something in his life. He really felt like he had been a part of something special.”

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3. Christie Brinkley: “My dad was instrumental in my taking the role”

Christie Brinkley with her parents in 2008
Christie Brinkley with her mom, Marge, and dad, Don, in 2008Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty

Supermodel Christie Brinkley shared that her dad gave her valuable encouragement to star in the musical Chicago in 2012. “My dad was instrumental in my taking the role. My dad was going through challenges that no human should ever have to go through physically, mentally and emotionally. He had bad Parkinson’s and could no longer speak or write or type. He would communicate with a sparkle in his eyes and a smile.”

“I explained the whole offer and my hesitancy and my dad started writing something on a piece of paper, but couldn’t hold a pen. He was shaking and trying to write by tracing a line over and over again. Pretty soon it formed two words and I look at him and said, ‘Take it?,'” she recalled.

“When I said that, his eyes lit up, his hands made a fist and he raised it up in the air and sort of pumped his fist, which took all of his strength. And I said, ‘Ok, dad. I’m going to take it and I’m going to make you proud.’ It gave me the biggest challenge, but it was so wonderful on so many levels,” she said.

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4. Kristin Chenoweth: “I just love to watch him and his emotions!”

Kristin Chenoweth with her dad at her wedding in 2023
Kristin Chenoweth with her dad, Jerry, at her wedding in 2023@kchenoweth/Instagram

Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth told us about a sweet holiday tradition with her dad: “Over the holidays, we have a ceramic Christmas tree that my mom made, and on every point of the Christmas tree, we light a candle and go around to say the thing that we are the most grateful for over the past year. My Dad is not a crier, but every year he gets choked up and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to watching that moment with him. I just love to watch him and his emotions! It instantly reminds me of all of life’s blessings and brings me joy!”

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5. Tanya Tucker: “A lot of my strength came from my dad”

Tanya Tucker with her dad in 1990
Tanya Tucker with her dad, Jesse, in 1990Beth Gwinn/Getty

Country singer Tanya Tucker shared how her dad kept her grounded, saying, “A lot of my strength came from my dad, and from the way he and my mother raised me. Because I was so young when I became a musician, my childhood was different from others. But my dad was a very strong person: he was always there”

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6. Joan Collins: “My father reminded me I was beautiful and clever”

Joan Collins in 2024
Joan Collins in 2024Dave Benett/Getty

Veteran actress Joan Collins may have played a diva in Dynasty, but her reflections on her dad were poignantly down to earth. She told us, “When I started acting at 16, my father reminded me I was beautiful and clever, and most importantly, that I was a survivor — I carry those words with me always.”

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7. Alison Arngrim: “I was taught as a kid to celebrate everything”

Alison Arngrim with her dad, Thor, in the '80s
Alison Arngrim with her dad, Thor, in the ’80sRalph Dominguez/MediaPunch via Getty

Alison Arngrim, who played mean girl Nellie Oleson on the beloved series Little House on the Prairie, told us how her dad encouraged her to approach life with a positive attitude. “I was taught as a kid to celebrate everything,” she said. “My father would get out the good China and go, ‘Okay is it somebody’s birthday, Easter, Christmas, what do you got?’ He would get out the good dishes, get out the candelabra, throw a party for anything. So now my husband and I celebrate everything.”

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