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Dolly Parton Biography

Birth Name:
Dolly Rebecca Parton
Birth Place:
Locust Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Profession
Singer, songwriter, actor, producer

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
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Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Original Song: winner
  • 1988People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: winner
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated
  • 1981People's Choice Awards-Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: nominated

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