Featured on the radio broadcast "The Cass Walker Program" in Knoxville at the age of nine
Made debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Made TV debut on the syndicated "The Porter Wagoner Show"
Moved to Nashville after graduating from high school
Signed with Monument Records and released first single "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"
Recorded debut album <i>Hello, I'm Dolly</i>
Joined the weekly country music program "The Porter Wagoner Show" (Syndicated); performed with Wagoner on tour and released several singles together
Co-founded Sandollar Productions with manager Sandy Gallin
Recorded the single "I Will Always Love You" (written about her professional break with Wagoner)
Hosted first syndicated variety show "Dolly"
Went mainstream with pop-rock band Gypsy Fever
Had commercial success as a pop singer with the album <i>Here You Come Again</i>
Performed with Cher on the ABC special "Cher...Special"; nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical Special
Co-starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in her feature film debut "Nine to Five"; also wrote and sang the theme song, which became a hit and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Song; also earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination
Played a brothel owner opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Headlined first solo TV special "Dolly in Concert" (HBO)
Wrote first film score for "Rhinestone"; also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone
Teamed with Kenny Rogers for the holiday special "Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember" (CBS)
Made TV-movie debut in "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" (ABC); also provided story and wrote songs
Founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN
Starred on the short-lived ABC variety series "Dolly"
Collaborated with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris for the successful album <i>Trio</i>
Joined an ensemble cast for "Steel Magnolias"
Debuted as executive producer with "Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home" (ABC)
Starred in the NBC TV-movie "Wild Texas Wind"; also produced and wrote the music
Whitney Houston released a highly successful cover version of "I Will Always Love You" as the theme song for the film "The Bodyguard"
Played radio-program host opposite James Woods in "Straight Talk"; also provided songs
Recorded "The Day I Fall In Love" as a duet with James Ingram for the film "Beethoven's 2nd"; the song was nominated for an Oscar and she performed it with Ingram on the awards telecast
Collaborated with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette to record the album <i>Honky Tonk Angels</i>
Played herself in the TV-movies "Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story" (CBS) and "Naomi & Wynnona: Love Can Build a Bridge" (NBC)
Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Unlikely Angel"
Recorded first bluegrass album <i>The Grass Is Blue</i>
Released third bluegrass album <i>Halos & Horns</i>, which included a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven"
Earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Norah Jones
Earned second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Travelin' Thru" from the film "Transamerica"; also garnered Golden Globe and Grammy nominations
Appeared as 'Aunt Dolly' on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana"; was the real-life godmother of Hannah's Miley Cyrus
Wrote the musical score for "9 to 5: The Musical," an adaptation of her feature film; earned Tony and Grammy Award nominations
Voiced the character Dolly Gnome on the animated feature "Gnomeo & Juliet"
Co-starred with Queen Latifah as choir singers in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"
Published the book <i>Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You </i>
Narrated "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," a TV movie based on her life