On a recent summer afternoon in the small town of Saugus, Massachusetts, a man and a woman were walking through a neighborhood and noticed a little girl sitting in a wheelchair.
It was April 4, 2013, and the man and the woman were looking for a little help to get out of the house for the day.
They walked into a nearby grocery store, where they picked up a little white van.
A short time later, the van had rolled down a hill, through a parking lot and onto a parking strip in the town of Pemberton.
The two kids inside had been playing with a white dog named Dolly.
“She was the most adorable little girl,” the man said.
The woman said, “You’ve got to be kidding me.
That little girl had a big smile on her face and a big heart.”
“She’s not a big-time star, but she’s just a beautiful, sweet little girl with a great personality and a wonderful personality,” the father said.
“And her personality is contagious.”
Dolly was just a little bit older than her father, but when he first saw her, he said, she was “so sweet and so caring and so wonderful.”
When they got home, he and his wife bought her a pair of socks, a sweater and a hat.
They named Dilly “Minnie,” after Dolly’s younger brother, who died a few months before Dolly did.
“I thought it was kind of funny,” the woman said.
And, after seeing her for the first time, she said, it made her feel like “my little sister.”
But Dolly wasn’t just a tiny little girl.
“Dolly is a star,” the dad said.
When Dolly started learning to walk and talk, she began to take on a life of her own.
She and her family became a household name.
She’s now a popular author, writer and director of “A Christmas Story,” and her children have starred in numerous TV shows.
Dolly, who also happens to be a former pro wrestler, has her own YouTube channel, and she has her very own Facebook page.
But the little girl who was the inspiration for her parents?
“My mom used to say, ‘Dolly, when you grow up, you will be a star,'” the father explained.
“That’s what I told my kids.
I told them, ‘When you grow, you’ll be a great, great star.
Because you’re a special little girl.'”
Dolly has also become a fixture on the local news, a fixture that is even reflected in her own name.
“My family is really, really proud of Dolly,” the boy said.
“[They] say, I think it’s time that we make Dolly a real name.
Dilly is the name of my baby.”
“My sister is a little older than me,” the girl said.
She had been reading a book on Dolly at the time, and, as she put it, “she was like, ‘Mmmm, that’s awesome, that girl is great.’
And I was like: ‘Oh, yeah, she’s a star.
I’ll give her a real, real name.”
“And she’s very, very grateful that she’s been able to be that way,” her father said, adding that “my sister’s going to be very, really famous.”
It’s easy to understand why.
Downton Abbey star Mary Berry was inspired to get her own children’s names, when she met her daughter in 2003.
The couple had met at a book signing, and Berry said she was surprised by the response she got when she mentioned the name Downtons.
“They said, ‘Oh my God, it’s amazing!’
And I thought, Oh my God.
And I said, I don’t know, maybe we should change it,” she said.
Berry’s daughter had been adopted by a relative, and when she asked if she could name her own child after a local celebrity, Berry said, the adoptive family “threw their hands up.”
Berry said her daughter asked for the name “Downton” to be changed to “Duffy.”
“They were so excited about that.
They were like, Downt, Duffy, and we were like: Oh my gosh, Dolly!”
But her daughter was hesitant, Berry recalled.
“It was a little weird for her,” she explained.
But when the boy in her family was asked if he wanted to name his daughter after the late James Bond actor, he was happy to oblige.
“He said, Delly,” Berry said of the boy who asked her to name her daughter.
“Oh my gos.
I just started crying.
I’m so proud of her.”
The name “Molly” was chosen because Molly was the last name of a late-night TV personality on a popular daytime talk show. The