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Dolly Parton Biography

American Musician

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Dolly Parton
Full Name Dolly Rebecca Parton
Born January 19, 1946 (age 77)
Nationality American
Occupation Musician
Relationship Status Married
Education Sevier County High School
Awards Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award (2007)
Organization Sugar Hill

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Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946), known as Dolly Parton, is a legendary American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman hailing from Sevierville, Tennessee. Her career has spanned over six decades, making her one of the most iconic and enduring figures in the entertainment industry.

Early Life

  • Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tennessee, USA.
  • She was raised in a large family with twelve siblings.
  • Parton’s humble upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains greatly influenced her music and storytelling.


  • Dolly Parton attended Sevier County High School in Sevierville.
  • Her academic pursuits took a back seat as she began focusing on her music career from an early age.


Early Musical Beginnings

  • Dolly Parton’s music career began in the mid-1950s when she started performing on local radio and television programs.
  • She released her first single, “Puppy Love,” in 1959 at the age of 13.

Rise to Stardom

  • In 1967, Dolly Parton’s song “Dumb Blonde” brought her recognition, but her breakthrough came with the release of her album “Coat of Many Colors” in 1971.
  • Her hit song “Jolene” and the iconic “I Will Always Love You” were released in 1973, solidifying her as a country music star.

Expanding Horizons

  • Dolly Parton expanded her career into acting, with notable appearances in movies such as “9 to 5” (1980) and “Steel Magnolias” (1989).
  • She continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Philanthropy and Business Ventures

  • Dolly Parton’s philanthropic work includes her efforts to improve children’s literacy with her “Imagination Library” project, which provides free books to children.
  • She has also been involved in various business ventures, including the opening of Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 1986.

Awards and Nominations

  • Dolly Parton has received numerous awards and nominations throughout her career, including multiple Grammy Awards, Academy Awards nominations, and Country Music Association Awards.
  • She is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Personal Life

  • Dolly Parton is famously private about her personal life, but she has been married to Carl Thomas Dean since 1966.
  • Despite her global fame, she remains deeply connected to her roots in the Great Smoky Mountains and continues to be an advocate for the preservation of the region.

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