Parton continues to record and tour regularly. Parton was born on January 19, , in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Parton grew up poor in rural Appalachia. She was one of 12 children, and money was always an issue for her family. Her first exposure to music came from family members, including her mother, who sang and played guitar.
Parton received her first guitar from a relative and soon began to pen her own tunes. At age 10, she started performing professionally, appearing on local television and radio shows in Knoxville. Parton made her Grand Ole Opry debut three years later. Set on a career in music, she then moved to Nashville after finishing high school. Parton's singing career really started to take off in Parton and Wagoner became a popular duo and the pair recorded a slew of country hits together. Much was made of her shapely curves, petite stature and warm personality, which to some belied a thoughtful, visionary artist with a strong business sense.
I think it's important, if you can, to keep all of your goods close to home where you can control them and know what's happening with them. After having had several charting singles, Parton scored her first No. More No. In , Parton had her first crossover smash with the bouncy, bittersweet ode to a returning lover, "Here You Come Again.
More emotionally-driven No. Parton perhaps reached the apex of her mainstream success in the s. She not only starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the hit comedy 9 to 5 , which marked her film debut but also contributed to its soundtrack.
The title song, with one of the most memorable opening lines in popular music history, proved to be another No. Around this time, Parton branched out in a new direction. She opened her own theme park called Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in The amusement park remains a popular travel destination to this day. Over the years, Parton has enjoyed many other successful collaborations. The record won a Grammy Parton's sixth for best bluegrass album in Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and won another Grammy the following year for the song "Shine" off the album Little Sparrow.
Continuing to write and record, Parton released Backwoods Barbie in In , Parton received special recognition for her lifetime contributions to the arts as one of five artists feted at the annual Kennedy Center Honors. In early , just before the music icon's 72nd birthday, a Sony Music press release revealed that she was still setting records and sweeping up accolades.
Along with receiving gold and platinum certification for some of her songs, Parton was to be honored with the Governors' Award at the 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. Having already been honored by the Grammys with a Lifetime Achievement Award in , Parton received another tribute during the February awards show, with artists like Katy Perry , Miley Cyrus and Kacey Musgraves joining her on stage to sing a medley of her hits. Later that year, Parton joined a televised special to celebrate her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
After writing so many of her own hits, Parton penned the songs for a new musical based on her earlier hit workplace comedy, 9 to 5. Parton has shown no signs of slowing down. In , she released Better Day , which fared well on the country album charts.
They know I like everybody. I want to be accepted myself, and I not only accept, but celebrate, the difference in everyone. The holiday season also saw the airing of the biopic sequel Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Heartstrings premiered in November , with each of its eight episodes based on one of Parton's songs. Dolly Parton performing live onstage at the launch for her 'Imagination Library' literacy project.
Parton has worked with charitable organizations in support of numerous causes over the years and established her own Dollywood Foundation in Parton has been married to Carl Dean since The couple met at a Nashville laundromat, the Wishy Washy, two years earlier.
On their 50th anniversary, the two renewed their vows. Parton is the godmother of pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus. We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! Subscribe to the Biography newsletters to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives.
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