- 1 Who is Dolly Parton?
- 2 Early Life, Parents, Siblings, and Education
- 3 Career Beginnings
- 4 Country Music Career
- 5 Pop Albums and Rise to Prominence
- 6 The decline in Music Career
- 7 Acting Career
- 8 Dolly Parton Awards and Honors
- 9 Do You Know How rich successful musician and actress, Dolly Parton is?
- 10 Life Behind the Scene
- 11 Philanthropic Work
- 12 Plastic Surgeries
- 13 Internet Fame
Who is Dolly Parton?
Born Dolly Rebecca Parton on the 19th January 1946, in Sevier County, Tennessee USA, she is a prominent singer, actress, record producer, author and businesswomen, but best known to the world for her work in country music. She has released over 40 studio albums, with the most popular being “Here You Come Again” (1977), “Heartbreaker” (1978), and “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs” (1980). She is the most honored female artist in country music history, with a number of awards, aside from hits that reached the top of the Billboard country music charts.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, and EducationBorn the fourth of twelve children to Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton, her mother had 12 children by the age of 35. The Parton family apparently resided in a one-room cabin in Locust Ridge; her father was a subsistence farmer and construction worker, which wasn’t enough for a decent living. Dolly subsequently sang about her childhood and how poor her family was in a number of her songs, including “Coat of Many Colors”, and “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)”.
Dolly obviously found her solace in music; her grandfather, Jake Robert Owens was a pastor at the Church of God, where Dolly made her first public performance at just six years of age. The following year she took up a homemade guitar, then when she was eight years old, Dolly received a real guitar from her uncle.
Gradually, Dolly’s focus on music became more concentrated, and she was soon performing on radio and television programs, and when she was 10 years old, Dolly appeared in “The Cas Walker Show”. At 14 she recorded her first song “Puppy Love”, after signing a contract with Goldband Records, a small Louisiana label. The same year she made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry; there she met Johnny Cash, who told her to follow her own instincts and dreams in regards to her career. Once she finished high school in 1964, Dolly moved to Nashville, the Tennessee centre of country music, where before earning a name for herself as a singer, Dolly worked as a songwriter. She then signed a contract with Combine Publishing, and reached fame with such hits as “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, and “Fuel to the Flame”, performed by Bill Phillips and Skeeter Davis, respectively. After this initial success, Dolly was offered a recording contract by Monument Records, but upon accepting the offer Dolly was planned as a bubblegum pop singer, however, after several uncharted singles, Dolly stated her desire to record country music.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) May 15, 2018
Country Music CareerHer first country song was “Dumb Blonde”, which reached No. 24 on the country chart in 1967, followed by another successful single “Something Fishy”, which reached No. 17. As she entered the music scene, many people came to her with their own ideas on how to exploit Dolly’s remarkable voice and talent. The first was Porter Wagoner, who became her mentor over the years, and helped her sign a contract with RCA Victor, but also brought her to a wider public thanks to his own “The Porter Wagoner Show”, a weekly syndicated television program. Although the public wasn’t initially in awe of Dolly, after releasing her debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly” in 1967 through Monument Records, they soon came to love her when she signed with RCA Victor Records, and new albums followed. Unfortunately, her success was only mediocre until the late ‘70s, when she changed from country to more pop-orientated music.
Pop Albums and Rise to Prominence
In 1977 she recorded her first pop album with the help of producer Gary Klein – “Here You Come Again” – her first album to sell over a million copies, and top the country chart, while it reached No. 20 on the pop chart. In the next several years, Dolly enjoyed continued success, becoming one of the major stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s with such albums as “Heartbreaker” (1978), “Dolly, Dolly, Dolly” (1980), “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs”, Heartbreak Express” (1982), and “Real Love” (1985). During this period, Dolly recorded such hit singles as “Here You Come Again”, “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”, “You’re the Only One”, “Starting Over Again” and “But You Know I Love You”, among many others that made her the most honored female musician.
The decline in Music Career
From the end of the ‘80s, Dolly’s career began to decline somewhat, and though she has released a number of albums since then, she hasn’t comparable success, except the “Eagle When She Flies” (1991), “Backwoods Barbie” (2008), and most recently “Pure & Simple” (2016), which also topped the country chart.
Dolly is also an actress; she made her debut in the comedy film “9 to 5” (1980), starring next to Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin, and two years later starred in the Academy Award-nominated comedy film “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, alongside Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise. Throughout the ‘80s, Dolly had several other roles, such as in the comedy film “Rhinestone” (1984), starring with Sylvester Stallone, and Richard Farnsworth, while in 1989 she appeared in the Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy film “Steel Magnolias”, with Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field in the lead roles. In 1992 she starred in the romantic comedy “Straight Talk”, and in 1999 had another lead role in the film “Blue Valley Songbird”. Since the start of the new millennium, Dolly hasn’t had any major role, except in the comedy-drama film “Joyful Noise” in 2012, in which she starred next to Queen Latifah, and Keke Palmer.
Dolly Parton Awards and Honors
Since recording her first song, Dolly has captured the hearts of many for her true lyrics and beautiful voice. This brought her a number of awards and honors, including nine Grammy Awards from 46 Grammy Award nominations. She also has three American Music Awards, and in 1999 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, while two years later she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has also received the National Medal of Arts given by the US government, among many other awards and honors.
Do You Know How rich successful musician and actress, Dolly Parton is?
With more than 40 studio albums released and with 25 chart-topping singles, Dolly has sold more than 100 million albums, which has significantly increased her net worth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Dolly Parton is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Parton’s net worth is at an impressive $500 million, plus.
Life Behind the Scene
Dolly has been married for over 50 years to Carl Thomas Dean; the wedding ceremony was held in Ringgold, Georgia. Her husband isn’t fond of public events and is rarely seen next to Dolly on such occasions. Anyways, although he doesn’t go to gatherings, that doesn’t mean he isn’t supportive of her career and dedication to other aspects. The couple doesn’t have children, but helped raise her younger siblings – their children call her ‘Aunt Granny’!
Since the ‘80s, Dolly has been involved with a number of charitable organizations through her own Dollywood Foundation, collecting money through her numerous charity concerts and telethon campaigns. She is largely devoted to helping children, but also other causes, supporting such organizations as the American Red Cross, American Eagle Foundation, several HIV/AIDS-related charities, PETA, and other. She has received several honors and awards for her work, including Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, given by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution, Association of American Publishers Honors Award, and is made an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Arts and Sciences.
As she got older, Dolly wanted to preserve her young looks, which has resulted in a number of plastic surgery processes, from face lifting to other ‘improvements’ on her whole body. She often jokes about her looks, particularly in the statement “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap”. Anything for beauty, right?
Despite entering her eighth decade, Dolly is still no stranger to social media platforms. Her Instagram feed has more than 1.2 million followers, and is flooded with her pictures that have over 50,000 likes, such as:
She is also a heavy Facebook user, on which she has more than four million followers, with whom she has shared details of her personal and professional life – most recently she announced her collaboration with Netflix, through her Facebook page. Dolly is no stranger to Twitter, on which she is followed by almost five million people, and many of her tweets went viral, such as her birthday wish to Willie Nelson:
Happy Birthday to my friend, Willie Nelson! pic.twitter.com/nkSemodYjL
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) April 30, 2018
and her expression of love for books:
You can never have too many books! What are you reading right now? pic.twitter.com/v4uzCkfKzp
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) April 2, 2018
So, if you are not already a fan of this legendary singer, songwriter, and actress, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you.