Lorrie Lynch is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for AARP Media. She is a veteran celeb writer who has been covering entertainers for longer than she cares to admit. Among her favorite interviews were those she conducted (separately) with George Clooney, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Oprah Winfrey. Follow her on Twitter @lorrlelynch.

NBC Airs Dolly Parton’s Life Story

Dolly Parton is nearing 70 — she’ll be among the first baby boomers to hit that milestone in January — but as she tells AARP’s Justin Kirkland here, “I’m never going to retire.” That’s just a snippet from Kirkland’s conversation with Parton about the movies she’s making these days. The two Tennesseans (Dolly’s from Locust Ridge, Justin from Seymour) talked in particular about Parton’s life story, Coat of Many Colors, which airs Thursday at 9 p.m. (8c) on NBC. After serving as executive …

Carly Simon Tells Her Truth

So, it was Warren Beatty. Carly Simon recently confirmed the world’s worst-kept secret — that Beatty is the ex-love about whom she wrote her 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.” But then she adds that the song is about two other men as well — and no, she won’t name them. You’ve gotta love a woman mysterious enough to keep secrets at 70. She reveals plenty of them, however, in her new memoir, Boys in the Trees, which shot to the top of …

Emmys 2015: Opportunity Has No Age Limit

Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” On Twitter, her fellow nominee Kerry Washington joined in: “AMEN!!!” Yes, it was a good Emmy ceremony for black women; other winners included Regina King as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (for American Crime) and Uzo Aduba as Outstanding Supporting Actress …

4 Tips for a Happy Road Trip

With AAA forecasting that 41.9 million of us will hit the highways over the July 4th weekend, findings from a new AARP Travel survey prove that the old-fashioned road trip remains prized by travelers 45 and older. More than 70 percent of those surveyed said driving is still their preferred way to go, according to AARP’s research. A majority reported that they plan to take three such trips a year. Why are roads all the rage? Respondents said they take to the highway when they want a …

Oscar Night Fun for the 50-Plus Crowd

The Oscar gods were good to artists over 50 on Sunday with Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Whiplash star J.K. Simmons and Julianne Moore of Still Alice taking home top awards, plus a surprise appearance by 79-year-old acting icon Julie Andrews brought the star-studded audience to its feet. J.K. Simmons, who looked hip in a black fedora as he walked the red carpet, ended the long awards season with the one that had been predicted throughout, best supporting actor, and he was as eloquent as he was dapper while giving a loving …

The Many Oscar Looks of Ms. Meryl Streep

The most nominated actress in Oscar history, Meryl Streep, did not take home a fourth Academy Award Sunday night, but she looked every bit a winner in an evening suit that was a stand out in a crowd of  extravagant ball gowns. As the graphic below demonstrates, Streep’s style has evolved since her first nomination in 1978. She attended the ceremony 18 of the 19 times she was nominated, missing the festivities in 1991 when she was pregnant with her fourth child. …