Dolly Parton Biography- Career, Facts & Life Style

Dolly Parton is a cultural icon whose distinctive voice and songwriting abilities have made her a mainstay of the country and pop music charts for many years.

Personal Bio

NameDolly Rebecca Parton
D.O.BJanuary 19, 1946
Place of birthLocust Ridge, Tennessee
Age76 Years
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Height1.52 m
Weight52 kg (115 lbs)
ProfessionSinger, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman
Parents Robert Lee Parton Sr. and Avie Lee Caroline
Marital StatusMarried

Who is  Dolly Parton

Before beginning a solo career marked by hit songs like “Joshua,” “Jolene,” “The Bargain Store,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Here You Come Again,” “9 to 5“, and “Islands in the Stream,” among many others, country music icon and actress Dolly Parton first achieved success with country star Porter Wagoner.

She is a highly accomplished singer/songwriter renowned for her meaningful lyrics and distinctive voice. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and has won other prestigious accolades.

In addition, she has acted in movies, including 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias. Her Dollywood theme park debuted in 1986. Parton is still frequently recording and touring.

Dolly Parton Young

dolly parton young
dolly parton young

On January 19, 1946, Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. In a needy area of Appalachia, Parton was raised.

Her family struggled with money because she was one of twelve kids. Her mother, who sings and plays the guitar, was one of her first musical influences.

She was exposed to music at a young age by participating in church performances. A relative gave Parton her first guitar, and she soon started writing her songs. She began her professional career at 10, appearing on Knoxville-area radio and television programs.

 Three years later, Parton made her Grand Ole Opry debut. After completing high school, she traveled to Nashville because she was determined to pursue a career in music.

Dolly Parton “Jolene”

dolly parton jolene
dolly parton jolene

In 1967, Porter Wagoner, “Jolene” Parton’s singing career and solo artist success began to take off. She collaborated with Porter Wagoner at this time on The Porter Wagoner Show.

Parton and Wagoner established themselves as a well-liked combo and collaborated on numerous successful country songs. She was praised for her attractive features, small stature, and kind demeanor, which some believed belied a clever, imaginative artist with a keen business sense.

Parton has safeguarded the publication rights to her song collection since the beginning of her career, bringing in millions of dollars in royalties.

“I obtained my record label and launched my publishing company as soon as possible. If possible, I believe it’s important to keep your possessions close to home where you can control and monitor their whereabouts.”

Parton’s collaboration with Wagoner also aided in her signing a deal with RCA Records. Parton’s “Joshua,” a bluegrass-inspired song about two lonely individuals who find love, became her first No. 1 country hit in 1971 after having many charting singles earlier.

Midway through the 1970s, further No. 1 singles were released, including “I Will Always Love You,” an homage to Wagoner when the two parted ways professionally, and “Jolene,” a melancholy song in which a lady begs another stunning woman not to take her boyfriend.

The ethereal “Love Is Like a Butterfly,” the provocative “The Bargain Store,” the spiritual “The Seeker,” and the upbeat “All I Can Do” were other popular country songs from this period. She won the Country Music Association award for female vocalist in 1975 and 1976 for the variety of her compelling work.

With the upbeat, melancholy homage to a returning lover, “Here You Come Again,” Parton achieved her first crossover success in 1977. The song won the singer/songwriter her first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, and peaked at No. 1 on both the country and pop charts.

Following were more deeply felt No. 1 country singles, such as Donna Summer’s lament “Starting Over Again,” “It’s All Wrong, But It’s Alright,” and “Heartbreaker.”

Filmy Debut and Trendy ‘9 to 5’

dolly parton movies and tv shows
dolly parton movies and tv shows

In the 1980s, Parton may have attained the height of her mainstream success. She made her acting debut in the 1980 smash comedy 9 to 5 alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and contributed to the soundtrack.

Another No. 1 smash for Parton on the pop and country charts, the title song also netted her an Oscar nomination. It features one of the most iconic opening lines in the annals of popular music.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in which Parton co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, helped popularise her song “I Will Always Love You” among a younger audience.

With her duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream,” she had another huge hit the following year.


At this point, Parton took a turn for the better. In 1986, she launched Dollywood, her amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The amusement park is still a well-liked vacation spot today.

“I Will Always Love You”

Parton has worked on numerous other fruitful projects throughout the years. In 1987, she collaborated on the Grammy Award-winning album Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

Whitney Houston covered her song “I Will Always Love You” in 1992 for the movie The Bodyguard. Houston’s rendition propelled Parton’s song to a new level of fame, with the single remaining at the top of the pop charts for 14 weeks and becoming one of the all-time best-selling songs.

When Anderson Cooper asked how she used her song royalties, she replied, “When Whitney sang it, I got all the money for the publication and the composition, and I bought a lot of cheap wigs.”

Then, in 1993, Parton collaborated on Honky Tonk Angels alongside Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. In 1995, Parton and Vince Gill performed a duet of “I Will Always Love You,” the song that symbolizes her career.

With a little assistance from such artists as Alison Krauss and Patty Loveless, Parton rediscovered the music of her Appalachian roots with The Grass Is Blue (1999).

In 1999, the album took home Parton’s sixth Grammy for best bluegrass album. Following her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Parton received another Grammy for the song “Shine” from the Little Sparrow album from 2001.

Parton published Backwoods Barbie in 2008 as she carried on writing and recording. The two country singles from the album were “Better Get to Livin’” and “Jesus & Gravity.”

Lifetime Honors and Screen Projects

parton honors
parton honors

In 2006, Parton was one of five artists honored at the Kennedy Center Honors, receiving a particular distinction for her lifetime contributions to the arts.

 Additionally, she received a second nomination for an Academy Award for the song “Travelin’ Thru,” which was used on the soundtrack for the 2005 film Transamerica.

In addition to hosting her variety show in 1976 and 1987–88, Dolly Parton has continued to work as an actress over the years in a variety of movies and TV shows, such as Rhinestone (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Straight Talk (1992), Unlikely Angel (1996), Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002), and Joyful Noise (2012).

Parton received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2016.

Before the music legend turned 72 at the beginning of 2018, a Sony Music press release announced that she was still breaking records and winning awards.

At the 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards, Parton was to receive the Governors’ Award in addition to having several of her songs certified as gold and platinum.

She also received recognition in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for having six Top 20 successes on the Hot Country Songs chart of Billboard and the most hits by a female artist on the chart in the most decades (107).

Parton, who had previously earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2011, was given another homage during the 2019 awards show, with performers Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Kacey Musgraves joining her on stage to sing a medley of her favorites.

 Later that year, Parton participated in a televised event to mark her 50th year as a Grand Ole Opry member.

Books and Biopic

parton books
parton books

Parton wrote the songs for a new musical based on her former successful office comedy, 9 to 5, after penning so many of her hits.

In 2009, the Tony-winning actress Allison Janney played the lead in the Broadway production, which ran for many months.

Parton doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Better Day, which she released in 2011, did well on the country album rankings. Parton released Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You in 2012.

Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business is another memoir she has written (1994).

“I believe that because I’ve been doing this for so long, my audience has grown accustomed to me and is aware of my lack of prejudice. They are aware that I get along with everyone. Since I also want to be accepted, I accept and value everyone’s differences.”

2015 saw the release of the television film Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, a biography about the singer’s youth. Alyvia Alyn Lind played the child Dolly in the film, and Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland played the mother.

The following year, Parton’s album Pure & Simple, promoted by a North American tour, became her first number-one country album in more than 25 years. Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Life, the biographical sequel, aired over the 2016 holiday season.

Dolly Parton will executive produce and feature in a few episodes of the Dolly Parton anthology series, which Netflix revealed plans for in June 2018.

 Heartstrings debuted in November 2019, and each of its eight episodes was inspired by a different song by Dolly Parton.

Social Activist

parton social activist
parton social activist

Over the years, Parton has collaborated with philanthropic groups to assist a variety of causes, and in 1996, she started her own Dollywood Foundation.

She established Dolly’s Imagination Library, a program that annually gives more than 10 million books to kids, aiming to enhance literacy among young children.

“I’m referred to as the Book Lady. When they receive their books in the mail, the little children exclaim,” she said The Washington Post in 2006. They believe I delivered them and placed them in the mailbox, ala Peter Rabbit or something.”

Parton has used her success to give back to her community by offering scholarships for kids, donating thousands to hospitals, and providing technology and supplies for classrooms, even though many of her charitable contributions are anonymous.

Dolly Parton Husband

parton husband carl dean
parton husband carl dean

Carl Dean and Parton have been husband and wife since 1966. The couple had first connected two years before at the Wishy Washy in Nashville.

The couple reaffirmed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary. Parton has stated about Dean that “my spouse does not want to be just thrown out there. He has always been quite private, and I have always respected that about him.”

Miley Cyrus, a pop singer and actress has Parton as her godmother.

Biographical A&E Special

The two-hour biographical film Dolly, aired on A&E on April 12, followed Parton’s remarkable journey from her early years in poverty-stricken Nashville to her many hit songs and most recent 50th-anniversary celebration at The Grand Ole Opry.

The documentary studied hit songs, including Jolene, 9 to 5, and I Will Always Love You, reflecting on the sharp societal satire and individual experiences inside her lyrics.

The documentary exposed the brave and daring woman beneath the rhinestones and wigs who has adapted to the times to inspire generations through exclusive interviews with Parton.

Dolly also included interviews with friends and musicians Lily Tomlin, Chris Stapleton, Jane Fonda, Kylie Minogue, and others as they reflected on one of music’s most adored stars.

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