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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the radio, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, her first commercial successes were as a songwriter (her songs during this period were covered by numerous artists,including Bill Phillips and Kitty Wells). She rose to prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner's weekly syndicated TV program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single "Here You Come Again" was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1981 hit "9 to 5" (from the film of the same name) and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers "Islands in the Stream", both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings. Non-musical ventures include Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million worldwide. She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Beyoncé for the most Grammy nominations for a woman and placing her in eighth place overall.

In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "9 to 5", and "My Tennessee Mountain Home". Parton is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.

As an actress, she starred in 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Steel Magnolias, Wild Texas Wind, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, Blue Valley Songbird, and Joyful Noise.


Dolly's New album Backwoods Barbie debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Dolly was awarded a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council (Girl Scouts of the United States of America) on June 15, 2007 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. After accepting the honor in a presentation before 1,000 Girl Scouts at her Dollywood theme park, she led the audience in a recitation of the Girl Scout Promise.
Dolly plays Shirlee Kenyon in the 1992 film Straight Talk.
Dolly plays the role of Jake in the 1984 film Rhinestone.
Dolly played Mona Stangley in the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Dolly played Doralee Rhodes in the 1980 film Nine To Five.
Dolly's parents paid the doctor who delivered her in cornmeal.
On August 21, 2006, Dolly became an honorary citizen of the town of Pitea, in Northern Sweden.
In 1987 Dolly was honored by Ms. Magazine as "Woman of the Year".
Dolly was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.
In 1978 Dolly became one of the few celebrities to have their own pinball machine.
In 2006, Dolly was awarded the Lindy Boggs Award from The Stennis Center for Public Service. She is currently the only nonpolitical recipient of this award.
Dolly was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
Dolly is partly of Irish decent.
Dolly was ranked number 4 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music.
Dolly was unable to have children because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger.
Dolly's hit I'll Always Love You, was voted the number 1 song on Country Music Television's The 100 Greatest Country Love Songs.
Dolly wears size 5 1/2 shoes.
The world's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was named after Dolly.
Dolly wrote and sang the song Nine to Five used in the film of the same name that she starred in while she was waiting for filming to start.
Dolly is ranked #34 of the greatest women of Rock N Roll by VH1.
Olivia Newton John sang a cover version of Dolly's number one hit Jolene. The song was also recently covered by Sherrie Austin.
Dolly and husband Carl tried to help Dolly's family out by raising five of her younger brothers and sisters.
Sesame Street made a character based on Dolly. She was blue with blonde hair and her name was Polly Darton.
Dolly was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dolly's father was one of 15 children and her mother was one of 10 children.
Dolly has her own theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It’s called Dollywood.
Dolly and her family of 14 grew up in a one room cabin in Tennessee when she was younger.
Dolly has a trade mark which she used on all her logos and its butterflies because to her they represent beauty and freedom.
Dolly married Carl Dean on May 30, 1966 and are still currently married. They have been married for 40 years.
Dolly toured with the band and wrote and sang a song which changed her life it was Joshua. This song was so popular that Dolly's fame overshadowed Porters. She left the band to set out on her own for a solo career.
Dolly was doing small performances when at one of her shows a man named Porter Wagoner caught her show. He was so impressed he hired her instantly to appear on his show titled The Porter Wagoner Show. She stayed on this show for 7 years.
Dolly packed her things after graduation and moved to Nashville to focus on her career.
Dolly attended Sevier High School.
When Dolly was only 13 she was appearing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Dolly was introduced to television at an early age. She was 12 when she first appeared on Knoxville TV.
Dolly was one of thirteen children born to Robert Lee and Avie Lee Paron. However only 12 survived after one of her younger brothers passed away as an infant.
Dolly was born Dolly Rebecca Parton and kept her name even after becoming a star.
Dolly is five foot tall.
Dolly competed (in vain) against Louie Anderson for the hosting job on Family Feud.
According to The National Enquirer, Dolly's 42-inch bosom is insured for $600,000.

 

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