Fast Facts

  • Born in a one-room cabin in Tennessee; she was the fourth of 12 children.
  • By age 10, she was performing on local radio and TV shows in Knoxville, TN.
  • Cowrote her earliest recorded song, "Puppy Love," which was released when she was still in her teens.
  • Came to fame when Porter Wagoner began featuring her on his popular syndicated TV show in 1967.
  • Ranked by Billboard Magazine as the No. 1 female country artist of all time.
  • Wrote the song "I Will Always Love You," which topped music charts on three separate occasions: her recordings in 1973 and 1982; and Whitney Houston's recording in 1992.
  • Opened Dollywood theme park in 1986.
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001; received the Library of Congress Living Legend Award in 2004; awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005; was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
  • Famously said of her distinctive appearance: "It takes a lot of money to make a person look this cheap."

Awards

  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Score (Music and/or Lyrics): Nominee
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 2002, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Female Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1981, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 2006, CMT Music Awards — Most Inspiring Video of the Year: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Country Song: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Bluegrass Album: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1978, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2006, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1987, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 2001, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Rachel Dennison — Sister
  • Stella Parton — Sister
  • Willadeene Parton — Sister
  • Avie Lee Owens Parton — Mother
  • Floyd Parton — Brother
  • Larry Parton — Brother
  • Bobby Parton — Brother
  • Denver Parton — Brother
  • Carl Thomas Dean — Husband
  • David Parton — Brother
  • Freida Parton — Sister
  • Randy Parton — Brother
  • Robert Lee Parton — Father
  • Cassie Parton — Sister

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Details

  • Birth Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton
  • Birth Place: Locust Ridge, TN
  • Birthday: January 19, 1946, Capricorn
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
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