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Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton Biography

Dolly Parton is a popular American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, she started her entertainment career singing on local radio and TV in Eastern Tennessee. She moved to Nashville in the mid-1960s, and was invited to joined and cohost the Grand Ole Opry with Porter Wagoner. She brought traditional, folkloric elements present both in East Tennessee and popular music, into the Nashville Sound. Despite being typecast in many circles as a Country and Western singer, Dolly has had commercial success as a pop singer and actress. Her work of the late 1990s and beyond has moved towards bluegrass and more traditional folk styles. Read Full Bio >>

Dolly Parton Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2007 Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Transamerica (2005). Nominated
2006 Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Transamerica (2005). Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song Transamerica (2005). Nominated
2006 Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Transamerica (2005). Nominated
2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Transamerica (2005). Won

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Dolly Parton Trivia

  • One of 12 children; grew up in a 1-room cabin in Tennessee.
  • Sister of Rachel Dennison.
  • Owner/namesake of Smokey Mountain area theme park, "Dollywood", located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.
  • Sister of Stella Parton.
  • Since the early 90s, she has been trying to get CBS to run her sitcoms. Initially, in 1994, "Heavens To Betsy" was made, starring Dolly and Constance Shulman. That sitcom was scrapped, and the story was re-vamped for the Movie of the Week, Unlikely Angel. Last time she was in interview, she said her new sitcom had her cast as a "caterer to the stars."
  • When Drew Barrymore spoke about her film, Home Fries (1998), prior to its release, she revealed that her character was a huge fan of Dolly Parton. She said that several of Parton's songs would appear in the film, and that they spent a two-day shoot at Dollywood. When the film was finally released, the only reference to Dolly Parton was on the walls of Drew's bedroom, which are covered with posters and pictures of Dolly.
  • Reportedly has her breasts insured for $600,000.
  • Dolly's classic song "Jolene" was covered by Sherrie Austin on her third album "Followin' A Feelin." [2001]
  • Her late father Robert was one of 15 children, and her mother Avie (Owens) was one of 10 children.
  • The world's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was named after Parton.
  • Was a candidate for the hosting duties on '"Family Feud" (1999)' before Louie Anderson was hired.
  • Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Sister of Randy Parton
  • Various tabloids have reported that her breast implants - which she has never disputed having - have increased her measurements to anywhere from 38CC to a high mark of 48DD
  • The children's television series Sesame Street introduced a character in homage to Dolly Parton. She had blue skin and blonde hair and went by the name of Polly Darton.
  • She and her husband Carl Dean raised five of her younger brothers and sisters.
  • Distant cousin of screenwriter Richard O'Sullivan.
  • Wears size 5 1/2 shoes.
  • Measurements: 40DD-20-36 (definitive self-described figure in 1994), 48DD-25-38 (self-described in March 1993),42-19-34 (by her designer in 1990), 44-26-38 (in Italy's "Novella 2000" in 1985), salesperson at Frederick's Of Hollywood in 1985 confided she purchases black push-up bras in size 36DD, 42-26-39 (reported in "Parade" Feb. 8, 1981), "The Book Of People" in 1981 reported 39-25-39, 44-28 1/2-38 1/2 (reported in 1980), 46E-27-39 (at her heaviest 150#+ in late 1970s), 38-26-36 (according to the "Nashville Banner" in 1972), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Her song "Jolene" was also covered by Olivia Newton-John. Ms. Newton-John sang it at a taped concert in the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.
  • Ranked #34 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
  • Her Oscar nominated song "9 To 5" from 9 To 5 was ranked #78 while her song writing contribution for "I'll Always Love You" from The Bodygaurd came in at #65 on The American Film Institute's list of "The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs".
  • Her iconic hit song, "I'll Always Love You", was voted the No. 1 song on Country Music Television's "The 100 Greatest Country Love Songs".
  • Covered Collective Soul's "Shine." In her version she turns it into a bluegrass song instead of an alternative rock ballard.
  • Is partly of Irish decent.
  • Created her song Nine to Five, whilst on set of the film of the same name by tapping her nails.
  • She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger.


Dolly Parton Photos

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    Dolly Parton "The Better Day" World Tour in Concert at Scandinavium in Gothenburg - August 28, 2011

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    "Joyful Noise" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    Dolly Parton in Concert at the Liverpool Echo Arena - August 31, 2011

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    63rd Annual Tony Awards - Arrivals

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    "9 to 5" on Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals

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    "9 to 5" on Broadway Opening Night - Curtain Call

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