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Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. After graduating from high school in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1964, she moved to Nashville to launch her career as a country singer. She fell in love with Carl Dean, who ran an asphalt-paving business; they got married on May 30, 1966 (and they are still together). The next year, Dolly's singing caught the attention of Porter Wagoner. He hired Dolly to appear on his program, The Porter Wagoner Show (1961). Dolly stayed with the show for 7 years, their duets became famous, and she appeared with his group at the Grand Ole Opry; she also toured and sold records. By the time her hit "Joshua" reached #1 in 1970, her fame had overshadowed Porter's, and she struck out on her own, though still recording duets with him. She left him for good to become a solo artist in 1974. Dolly gained immense popularity as a singer/songwriter. Dolly won numerous Country Music Association awards (1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976). This petite (5'0") beauty was a natural for television and, by the mid-1970s, Dolly was appearing frequently on TV specials and talk shows. Dolly then got her own show, aptly titled Dolly (1976). In 1977, Dolly got her first Grammy award: Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for her song "Here You Come Again". Dolly's movie debut was in 9 to 5 (1980), where she got an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, and also Grammy awards 2 and 3, Best Country Song, and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song "Nine to Five". Dolly got more fame for appearing in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and in Rhinestone (1984) with the song "Tennessee Homesick Blues". She is the head of Dolly Parton Enterprises, a $100 million media empire, and, in 1986, she founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, celebrating her Smokey Mountain upbringing. She appeared as herself in the Dolly (1987) TV series. In 1988, she won another Grammy award: Best Country Performance Duo or Group with Vocals, for "Trio". Dolly was in the acclaimed picture Steel Magnolias (1989) with Julia Roberts, and went on to appear in 15 movies and TV-movies for the 1990s, and of course garnered more Country Music Association awards. In 2000, Dolly received her 5th Grammy award: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. She also released a Bluegrass Album. Dolly is known for beautiful songs such as "Coat of Many Colors" and "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You". Dolly said in an interview, "My music is what took me everywhere I've been and everywhere I will go. It's my greatest love. I can't abandon it. I'll always keep making records".  See full bio on IMDb »

Dolly Parton -- Count Me in On Oprah's Not-a-Lesbian Club

Dolly Parton
Count Me in On Oprah's Not-a-Lesbian Club

Dolly Parton set the record straight ... she and her longtime pal are not lesbians -- and, in fact, they're just like Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King ... FRIENDS.Check out TMZ on TV -- click here to… READ MORE >

Dolly Parton -- Sorry Ladies, I'm NOT a Lesbian

Dolly Parton
Sorry Ladies, I'm NO Lesbian

Dolly Parton is NOT gay ... the same way that Oprah Winfrey is not gay ... so says Dolly Parton. Dolly set the record straight about her sexual orientation during an interview with "Nightline."… READ MORE >

- 1974 days ago
Dolly Parton -- My Halloween Costume is Gonna Be TRASHY!!!

Dolly Parton
My Halloween Costume is Gonna Be TRASHY!!!

Dolly Parton is gonna be a NAUGHTY girl this Halloween ... and she's not afraid to admit it.   Parton was having dinner at Matteo's in L.A. last night ... when she told us she had picked… READ MORE >

- 2006 days ago
Dolly Parton -- I Didn't Mean to Diss Whitney Houston, 'I Will Always Love You' Is OUR Song

Dolly Parton
I Didn't Mean to Diss Whitney 'I Will Always Love You' Is OURS

Dolly Parton is eating her words after calling "I Will Always Love You" HER song -- despite it being made famous by Whitney Houston -- and now tells TMZ, she's happy to share it with the late… READ MORE >

- 2257 days ago
Dolly Parton: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Dolly Parton
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Despite over 45 years in the business, Dolly Parton still looks brand new.Here's the 34-year-old Queen of Country back in 1980 (left) -- and nearly 32 years later, the 65-year-old at the Hollywood… READ MORE >

- 2290 days ago
Dolly Parton -- Involved in Massive Bust!

Dolly Parton
Involved in Massive Bust!

Legendary country diva Dolly Parton got busted last night.The naturally talented 65-year-old showed off her trademark ginormous bosom buddies at the premiere of her new film "Joyful Noise" in L.A.… READ MORE >

- 2295 days ago
Dolly Parton Raps ... About Her Gigantic Breasts

Dolly Parton
Raps ... About Her Gigantic Breasts

For some reason, Dolly Parton decided to bust a RAP during her concert in L.A. this weekend ... inspired by Queen Latifah ... and boobs. Here's a sample of Dolly's rhymes: [on the subject of Queen… READ MORE >

- 2464 days ago
Dolly vs. Wynonna: Who'd You Rather?

Dolly vs. Wynonna
Who'd You Rather?

Country music Barbie dolls Dolly Parton, 63, and Wynonna Judd, 45, wigged out at the same event in Nashville on Monday.Question is ... See Also Harmon vs. Messing: Who'd You Rather? 'Glee' Guy vs.… READ MORE >

- 3085 days ago
Dolly Parton -- Cover Me in Leather

Dolly Parton
Cover Me in Leather

There aren't many 63-year-olds who can pull off the head-to-toe leather Emma Peel look -- but last night outside Boa, Dolly Parton and her 40DD friends did just that.Like parts of Dolly, no word… READ MORE >

- 3105 days ago
'9 to 5' Ladies: 29 Years of Work

'9 to 5' Ladies:
29 Years of Work

It's been 29 years since "9 to 5" hit theaters, but everyone's favorite office gals -- Doralee, Violet and Judy -- aren't ready to take that retirement package just yet. Jane Fonda, 71, Dolly… READ MORE >

- 3279 days ago
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