- 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."
- 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
- 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
- 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
- 2002, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Female Video of the Year: Nominee
- 2000, Grammy — Best Bluegrass Album: Winner
- 1999, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
- 1987, Grammy — Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
- 2001, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2009, Tony — Score (Music and/or Lyrics): Nominee
- 2006, CMT Music Awards — Most Inspiring Video of the Year: Winner
- 1983, 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
- 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
- 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominee
- 2006, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
- 1981, Grammy — Best Country Song: Winner
- 1981, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
- 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
- 1978, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
- 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1981, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2006, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1981, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
- Freida Parton — Sister
- Randy Parton — Brother
- Robert Lee Parton — Father
- Cassie Parton — Sister
- Carl Thomas Dean — Husband
- David Parton — Brother
- Bobby Parton — Brother
- Denver Parton — Brother
- Rachel Dennison — Sister
- Stella Parton — Sister
- Willadeene Parton — Sister
- Avie Lee Owens Parton — Mother
- Floyd Parton — Brother
- Larry Parton — Brother
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- Birth Name: Dolly Rebecca Parton
- Birth Place: Locust Ridge, TN
- Birthday: January 19, 1946, Capricorn
- Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
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