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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Avie Lee (née Owens) and tobacco farmer Robert Lee Parton, and grew up on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV and at 13 she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. After graduating from high school in Sevier County, Tennessee in 1964, she moved to Nashville to launch her country-singing career. She fell in love with Carl Dean, who ran an asphalt-paving business; they married on May 30, 1966 and are still together. In 1967 her singing caught the attention of Porter Wagoner, who hired her to appear on his program, The Porter Wagoner Show (1961). She stayed with the show for 7 years, their duets became famous, and she appeared with his group at the Grand Ole Opry; she also toured and sold records. By the time her hit "Joshua" reached #1 in 1970, her fame had overshadowed his, and she struck out on her own, though still recording duets with him. She left him for good to become a solo artist in 1974. Dolly gained immense popularity as a singer/songwriter. Dolly won numerous Country Music Association awards (1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976). This petite (5'0") beauty was a natural for television, and by the mid-1970s she was appearing frequently on TV specials and talk shows before getting her own, Dolly (1976). In 1977, Dolly got her first Grammy award: Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song "Here You Come Again." Dolly's movie debut was in 9 to 5 (1980), where she got an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, and also Grammy awards 2 and 3: Best Country Song, and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song "Nine to Five." She got more fame for appearing in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and in Rhinestone (1984) with the song "Tennessee Homesick Blues". She is the head of Dolly Parton Enterprises, a $100 million media empire, and in 1986 she founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, celebrating her Smoky-Mountain upbringing. She appeared as herself in the Dolly (1987) TV series. In 1988, she won another Grammy: Best Country Performance Duo or Group with Vocals, for "Trio". Dolly was in the acclaimed picture Steel Magnolias (1989) with Julia Roberts, and went on to appear in 15 movies and TV-movies for the 1990s, and garnered more more Country Music Association awards. In 2000, Dolly received her 5th Grammy award: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. She also released a Bluegrass Album. Dolly is known for beautiful songs such as "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," and "I Will Always Love You". Dolly said in an interview, "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."

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Jan 19, 1946 In Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Austin City Limits 1975
Latest Project:
Series Supergirl 2015-10-26

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 65 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Community
Poster of Glee
Poster of The Office
Poster of Two and a Half Men
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
Supergirl Unknown 2015-10-26
Lip Sync Battle Unknown 2015-04-02
Fresh Off the Boat Unknown 2015-02-04
The Wrong Mans Unknown 2015-04-02
My Mad Fat Diary Unknown 2015-07-26
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Affair Unknown 2014-10-12
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us Unknown 2013-04-14
The Real Unknown 2013-07-15
North America Unknown 2013-05-19
Drunk History Unknown 2013-07-09
Duets Unknown 2012-05-24
The Voice UK Unknown 2012-03-24
Steve Harvey Unknown 2012-09-04
The Neighbors Unknown 2012-09-26
Gravity Falls Unknown 2012-06-15
The Voice Unknown 2011-04-26
The Glee Project Unknown 2011-06-01
American Pickers Unknown 2010-01-18
RuPaul's Drag U Unknown 2010-07-19
RuPaul's Drag Race Unknown 2009-02-02
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Tosh.0 Unknown 2009-06-04
Community Unknown 2009-09-17
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
90210 Unknown 2008-09-02
Britain's Got Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
Britain's Got More Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle Unknown 2007-10-03
Hannah Montana Unknown 2006-03-24
Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
America's Got Talent Unknown 2006-06-21
The Vicar of Dibley Unknown 2006-09-15
Clatterford Unknown 2006-11-24
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
Bones Unknown 2005-09-13
Strictly Come Dancing Unknown 2004-05-15
Hell's Kitchen Unknown 2004-05-23
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
The Bachelorette Unknown 2003-01-08
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Fashion Police Unknown 2002-02-27
American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Six Feet Under Unknown 2001-06-03
Reba Unknown 2001-10-05
Jackass Unknown 2000-04-12
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
Bette Unknown 2000-10-11
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
Mission Hill Unknown 1999-09-21
Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Le Bus magique Unknown 1994-09-10
Beavis and Butt-Head Unknown 1993-03-08
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Unknown 1993-05-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Perfect Strangers Unknown 1986-03-25
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
ABC News Nightline Unknown 1980-03-24
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
20/20 Unknown 1978-06-06
Butterflies Unknown 1978-11-10
The Muppet Show Unknown 1977-04-23
Austin City Limits Self 1 episode, 2001 1975
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11