Dolly Parton


Singer, Songwriter
Dolly Parton

About

Also Known As
Dolly Rebecca Parton
Birth Place
Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
Born
January 19, 1946

Biography

One of the most iconic figures in country music, Dolly Parton distinguished herself as a singer, songwriter, and all-around entertainer, ultimately transcending the confines of country to become a celebrity whose sphere was bigger than any single genre. Born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton grew up literally dirt poor, living in a one-room cabin in the Tennessee moun...

Photos & Videos

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Publicity Stills
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Carl Dean
Husband
Businessman (asphalt paving). Married on May 30, 1966.

Bibliography

"Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business"
Dolly Parton (1994)
"Coat of Many Colors"
Dolly Parton (1994)

Notes

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

"Dolly Parton has alway been a walking, talking, singing mass of contradictions, and that has long been a part of her immense appeal. For nearly 30 years now she has been the woman with the razor-sharp mind and the little-girl voice, the multimillion-dollar businesswoman in a Rhinestone Barbie body, a country-western queen beloved of the jaded urban priviligentsia, so hiply unhip, so chicly unchic, cloaking an innate elegance in a clash of glitter and trash."The jacket, the camisole, the tight blue jeans, the sheer black stockings, the spike-heeled black boots, the blond wig, the heart-shaped diamond ring: At 46, Dolly Parton is a kind of righteous Zen paradox, so artificial as to be completely real, finding her truth and her own honest innocence in a crafty excess of paint and powder." --Lynn Darling in New York Newsday, April 9, 1992.

Biography

One of the most iconic figures in country music, Dolly Parton distinguished herself as a singer, songwriter, and all-around entertainer, ultimately transcending the confines of country to become a celebrity whose sphere was bigger than any single genre. Born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton grew up literally dirt poor, living in a one-room cabin in the Tennessee mountains with her mother, sharecropper father, and 11 siblings. The performing bug bit Parton early, and she began singing professionally while still a child, appearing on local radio and TV programs. In 1964 she relocated to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Parton ended up writing for several successful country artists, including Skeeter Davis, Kitty Wells, and Hank Williams, Jr. Country star Porter Wagoner drafted Parton to replace his departing partner Norma Jean on his weekly TV show in 1967. That same year, she and Wagoner began recording as a duo. Their partnership was successful from the start, yielding a long string of hits. But though Parton had been recording as a solo artist since before working with Wagoner, releasing her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, in '67, her own efforts were consistently overshadowed and outsold by the duo's output. She quit the show in '73 to concentrate on her solo career, though they made a couple more records together. Parton kicked into high gear immediately with a long string of chart-topping singles, including 1974's "I Will Always Love You," which would become even bigger in 1992 when Whitney Houston's version became one of the top-selling singles of all time. Parton scored a truckload of big hits throughout the '70s and '80s, and with her flamboyant image and sassy, self-possessed attitude, she became a mainstream celebrity, crossing over to the pop market beginning with 1977's "Here You Come Again." She hosted her own TV variety series in 1976, and starting with 1980's hit film "9 to 5," she began a successful movie acting career that included hits like "Steel Magnolias" (1989) and "Dumlin'" (2018) as well as high-profile flops like "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" (1982) and "Rhinestone" (1984). In the late '80s she had a sideline working in a trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, with great critical and commercial success. Starting in the late '90s she reached back to her roots, releasing a series of bluegrass albums. As gifted a businesswoman as she is an artist, Parton established multiple enterprises outside her music career, including her Dollywood theme park and several others. Over the course of her career, she was been honored by the Golden Globes, The Grammys, and just about every other awards organization, becoming one of country's most widely celebrated artists ever.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)
Herself
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016)
Narrator
Coat of Many Colors (2015)
Narrator
A Country Christmas Story (2013)
Herself
Joyful Noise (2012)
Hollywood to Dollywood (2011)
Herself
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Voice
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Herself
A Few Good Ghosts (2005)
Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002)
Frank'S Mother
Blue Valley Songbird (1999)
Leanna Taylor
Jackie's Back! (1999)
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997)
Herself
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997)
Herself (Cameo)
Unlikely Angel (1996)
Ruby Diamond
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)
Herself
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Self
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Herself
Straight Talk (1992)
Wild Texas Wind (1991)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
Rhinestone (1984)
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Nine to Five (1980)
Nashville Story (1973)

Writer (Feature Film)

Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016)
Source Material
Coat of Many Colors (2015)
Source Material
Wild Texas Wind (1991)
From Story
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
From Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016)
Executive Producer
Coat of Many Colors (2015)
Executive Producer
Blue Valley Songbird (1999)
Executive Producer
Unlikely Angel (1996)
Executive Producer
Wild Texas Wind (1991)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Song
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Song Performer
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Song
Whitney (2018)
Song
Table 19 (2017)
Song
CHiPs (2017)
Song Performer
CHiPs (2017)
Song
The Meddler (2016)
Song Performer
The Phenom (2016)
Song
The Meddler (2016)
Song
This Is the End (2013)
Song
The Dictator (2012)
Song
Joyful Noise (2012)
Song
Joyful Noise (2012)
Song Performer
Hollywood to Dollywood (2011)
Song
Whip It (2009)
Song Performer
Whip It (2009)
Song
The Love Guru (2008)
Song
Slipstream (2007)
Song Performer
Slipstream (2007)
Song
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Song
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Song Performer
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Composer
Sweet November (2001)
Song Performer
Blue Valley Songbird (1999)
Song
Office Space (1999)
Song
Women Talking Dirty (1999)
Song Performer
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Song
The Apostle (1997)
Song Performer ("Shine On")
The Apostle (1997)
Song
Unlikely Angel (1996)
Song Performer
Unlikely Angel (1996)
Song
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Song Performer
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
Song Performer
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Song
The Bodyguard (1992)
Song ("I Will Always Love You")
Straight Talk (1992)
Song Performer
Straight Talk (1992)
Song
Wild Texas Wind (1991)
Music
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Song
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Song Performer
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
Song
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
Song Performer
Ursula and Glenys (1985)
Song Performer ("Islands In The Stream")
Rhinestone (1984)
Music
Rhinestone (1984)
Song
Rhinestone (1984)
Song Performer
Single Bars, Single Women (1984)
Song Performer
Rhinestone (1984)
Music Supervisor
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Song
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Music Supervisor
Nine to Five (1980)
Song Performer
Road to Nashville (1966)
Composer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Special Thanks To
It's My Party (1996)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hollywood to Dollywood (2011)
Other
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Other
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Other
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997)
Other
Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)
Other
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
Other

Cast (Special)

The 37th Annual CMA Awards (2003)
Performer
Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' (2003)
The 36th Annual CMA Awards (2002)
Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite (2001)
Interviewee
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards (2001)
Performer
Grand Ole Opry 75th -- A Celebration (2000)
Host
The 31st Annual Dove Awards (2000)
Performer
35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (2000)
Performer
Intimate Portrait: Barbara Mandrell (1999)
The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards (1999)
The Life and Times of Ricky Skaggs (1999)
Reba McEntire (1999)
Prime Time Country Celebrates 15 Years of TNN (1998)
Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend (1998)
Unspoiled Country (1998)
The Life and Times of Tammy Wynette (1998)
Interviewee
Company's Comin': A Tribute to Porter Wagoner (1997)
The Life and Times of Kenny Rogers (1996)
Interviewee
Dolly Parton: Treasures (1996)
The 30th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1996)
Performer
Grand Ole Opry Musical Salute to Minnie Pearl (1996)
The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special (1996)
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary (1996)
The 29th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1995)
Performer
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Performer
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards (1994)
Presenter
The 28th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1994)
Performer
The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame (1994)
Performer
A Country Music Celebration (1993)
Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood (1993)
TNN Music City News Country Awards (1993)
Presenter
The 27th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1993)
Performer
The 26th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1992)
Performer
Bob Hope's America: Red, White and Beautiful -- The Swimsuit Edition (1992)
Music City News Country Songwriters Awards (1992)
Performer
Hats Off to Minnie Pearl: America Honors Minnie Pearl (1992)
The Dream Is Alive: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World (1991)
The 25th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1991)
Performer
TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music (1990)
MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon (1990)
The 24th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1990)
Performer
Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home (1990)
The Designing Women Special: Their Finest Hour (1990)
Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong (1989)
The 23rd Annual Country Music Association Awards (1989)
Performer
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
The 22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards (1988)
Host
The 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1988)
Performer
The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry (1986)
Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration (1986)
The 20th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1986)
Performer
The Winning Hand (1985)
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Together (1985)
Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember (1984)
The 18th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1984)
Performer
Dolly in Concert (1983)
Roy Acuff -- 50 Years the King of Country Music (1982)
The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)
Lily -- Sold Out (1981)
Fifty Years of Country Music (1981)
Mac Davis 10th Anniversary Special: I Still Believe in Music (1980)
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years (1980)
Country Stars of the '70s (1979)
A Christmas Special... With Love, Mac Davis (1979)
Cher... Special (1978)
Mac Davis... Sounds Like Home (1977)
Country Music Hit Parade (1975)
Guest
Burt Reynolds' Late Show (1973)
The Rowan and Martin Special (1973)

Producer (Special)

Dolly Parton: Treasures (1996)
Executive Producer
Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home (1990)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

Lifetime's 4th Annual Women Rock! Songs From The Movies (2003)
Song Performer
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards (2001)
Song Performer
The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards (1999)
Song Performer
Prime Time Country Celebrates 15 Years of TNN (1998)
Song Performer
Company's Comin': A Tribute to Porter Wagoner (1997)
Song Performer ("I Will Always Love You" "The Last Thing On My Mind")
Dolly Parton: Treasures (1996)
Song Performer
The 30th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1996)
Song Performer
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary (1996)
Song Performer
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Song Performer
The 27th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1993)
Song Performer
A Country Music Celebration (1993)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's America: Red, White and Beautiful -- The Swimsuit Edition (1992)
Song Performer ("Straight Talk" "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning")
Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home (1990)
Song Performer ("Deck The Halls" "I'Ll Be Home For Christmas" "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" "'O Little Town Of Bethlehem" "Jingle Bells" "Joy To The World" "The First Noel" "Go Tell It On The Mountain")
The 24th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1990)
Song Performer
The 23rd Annual Country Music Association Awards (1989)
Song Performer
Christmas in America: A Love Story (1989)
Song
Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong (1989)
Song Performer
Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show With the All-America Champs (1988)
Song Performer
Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration (1986)
Song Performer ("9 To 5")
The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry (1986)
Song Performer
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Together (1985)
Song Performer ("We'Ve Got Tonight")
Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember (1984)
Song

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 25th Annual Country Music Association Awards (1991)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build A Bridge (1995)
Herself

Life Events

1956

Was featured on the radio broadcast "The Cass Walker Program" in Knoxville at the age of nine

1958

Made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

1960

Made her TV debut on the syndicated "The Porter Wagoner Show"

1965

Signed with Monument Records and released first single "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"

1967

Became a regular on the weekly country music program "The Porter Wagoner Show" (Syndicated), performed with Wagoner on tour and released several singles together

1967

Recorded her debut album, <i>Hello, I'm Dolly</i>

1974

Recorded the single "I Will Always Love You" (written about her professional break with Wagoner)

1976

Hosted first syndicated variety show "Dolly"

1977

Went mainstream with pop-rock band Gypsy Fever

1977

Had commercial success as a pop singer with the album <i>Here You Come Again</i>

1978

Performed with Cher on the ABC special "Cher...Special"; nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical Special

1980

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

1982

Played a brothel owner opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1983

Headlined her first solo TV special, "Dolly in Concert" (HBO)

1984

Wrote first film score for "Rhinestone"; also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone

1984

Teamed with Kenny Rogers for the holiday special "Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember" (CBS)

1986

Founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

1986

Made TV-movie debut in "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" (ABC), also provided story and wrote songs

1987

Starred on the short-lived ABC variety series "Dolly"

1987

Collaborated with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris for the successful album <i>Trio</i>

1989

Joined an ensemble cast for "Steel Magnolias"

1990

Debuted as executive producer with "Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home" (ABC)

1991

Starred in the NBC TV-movie "Wild Texas Wind"; also produced and wrote the music

1992

Played radio-program host opposite James Woods in "Straight Talk"; also provided songs

1992

Whitney Houston released a highly successful cover version of "I Will Always Love You" as the theme song for the film "The Bodyguard"

1993

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

1994

Collaborated with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette to record the album <i>Honky Tonk Angels</i>

1995

Played herself in the TV-movies "Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story" (CBS) and "Naomi & Wynnona: Love Can Build a Bridge" (NBC)

1996

Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Unlikely Angel"

1999

Recorded her first bluegrass album, <i>The Grass Is Blue</i>

2002

Released third bluegrass album <i>Halos & Horns</i>, which included a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven"

2004

Earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Norah Jones

2005

Earned second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Travelin' Thru" from the film "Transamerica"; also garnered Golden Globe and Grammy nominations

2006

Appeared as 'Aunt Dolly' on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana"; was the real-life godmother of Hannah's Miley Cyrus

2009

Wrote the musical score for "9 to 5: The Musical," an adaptation of her feature film; earned Tony and Grammy Award nominations

2011

Voiced the character Dolly Gnome on the animated feature "Gnomeo & Juliet"

2012

Co-starred with Queen Latifah as choir singers in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"

2012

Published the book <i>Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You </i>

2015

Narrated "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," a TV movie based on her life

2016

Performed on "The Voice" opposite god daughter Miley Cyrus

2016

Released her 43rd album, <i>Pure & Simple</i>, and embarked on her biggest tour in over two decades

2017

Released the album <i>I Believe In You</i>

Photo Collections

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982), starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills
Here are a few Scene Stills from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982), starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

Videos

Movie Clip

Steel Magnolias (1989) - Dearly Beloved About 30 minutes in, the Louisiana wedding of Julia Roberts as Shelby (the credited singer is Gale. J. Odom), Sally Field her mom, Shirley MacLaine as cranky Ouizer, Dolly Parton as stylist Truvy, Olympia Dukakis the widow Belcher, Tom Skerritt the father, his hearing compromised by earlier efforts to scare off birds, and Dylan McDermott the groom, in Steel Magnolias, 1989.
Steel Magnolias (1989) - My Colors Are Blush And Bashful The first ensemble scene in the Louisiana hair salon (where Robert Harling’s whole original play took place), on the day of the wedding of Julia Roberts (as Shelby), Sally Field her mother, Dolly Parton the proprietor Truvy, Daryl Hannah the new gal Annelle, Olympia Dukakis the widow Belcher, Herbert Ross directing, in Steel Magnolias, 1989.
Nine To Five (1980) - Open, Title Song Dolly Parton’s smash hit composition and recording opens director and co-writer Colin Higgins comedy hit, starring Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, with Jane and Lily briefly introduced, Tom Tarpey the office manager, in Nine To Five, from a story by Patricia Resnick.
Nine To Five (1980) - I Got A Little Carried Away Sex-driven boss Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman) plots an encounter with his personal secretary Doralee (country music superstar Dolly Parton, who wrote and performed the hit title song, in her first movie role), early in director Colin Higgins’ Nine To Five. 1980, co-starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

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Family

Robert Lee Parton
Father
Tobacco farmer. Born c. 1921; died on November 12, 2000 at age 79 from complications from a stroke.
Avie Lee Parton
Mother
Married at age 15.
Larry Parton
Brother
Died in infancy.
Stella Parton
Sister
Singer, actor. Born on May 4, 1949; had country hits like "Ode to Olivia" and "I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight".
Rachel Parton
Sister
Singer, actor. Played the Doralee part her famous sibling had played in the movie version on the TV sitcom "9 to 5" (ABC, 1982-1983; syndicated, 1986-1988); performs at Dollywood.
Randy Parton
Brother
Singer, bass player. Backed her on bass before landing an RCA contract himself; performs at Dollywood; appeared as a band member in "Rhinestone" (1984).
Floyd Parton
Brother
Performer, songwriter. Younger; has twin sister Frieda; appeared as a band member in "Rhinestone"; wrote "Rockin' Years", a duet Dolly sang with Ricky Van Shelton, which became a smash single from her "Eagle When She Flies" (1991) album.
Freida Parton
Sister
Twin of Floyd.
Richie Owens
Cousin
Musician. Backed her on (and co-produced) "Hungry Again" (1998) album.

Companions

Carl Dean
Husband
Businessman (asphalt paving). Married on May 30, 1966.

Bibliography

"Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business"
Dolly Parton (1994)
"Coat of Many Colors"
Dolly Parton (1994)

Notes

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2001.

"Dolly Parton has alway been a walking, talking, singing mass of contradictions, and that has long been a part of her immense appeal. For nearly 30 years now she has been the woman with the razor-sharp mind and the little-girl voice, the multimillion-dollar businesswoman in a Rhinestone Barbie body, a country-western queen beloved of the jaded urban priviligentsia, so hiply unhip, so chicly unchic, cloaking an innate elegance in a clash of glitter and trash."The jacket, the camisole, the tight blue jeans, the sheer black stockings, the spike-heeled black boots, the blond wig, the heart-shaped diamond ring: At 46, Dolly Parton is a kind of righteous Zen paradox, so artificial as to be completely real, finding her truth and her own honest innocence in a crafty excess of paint and powder." --Lynn Darling in New York Newsday, April 9, 1992.

"Left to my own, I'd rather look like trash. I love tacky clothes. My look came from a very serious honest place, and that was a country girl's idea of what glamor was." --Dolly Parton to New York Newsday, April 9, 1992.

"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, even if I have to sell them through the mail or the Internet." --Parton to USA Today, August 25, 1998.

"Well, I was this child that had a dream . . . I felt like not much attention was paid to me. So I found my attention. I actually found a friend in my guitar. I had a very active mind. I had an outgoing personality. I needed to be noticed. People said we'll take you down to the radio station. I was the kind of kid that the more attention I got, the more I needed, and I felt like I had a gift, and the more people told me I was good, the more I believed them." --Dolly Parton to The Observer, September 6, 1998.

"I'm not offended at all, because I know I'm not a dumb blonde. I also know I'm not blonde."---Parton Peope July 06, 1992