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."
1981, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture: Winner
1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
2009, Tony — Score (Music and/or Lyrics): Nominee
1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee