Jan. 19th, 1946
Sevierville, Tennessee, USA
Dolly Parton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2013 - Inequality for All
2012 - Joyful Noise
2002 - Frank McKlusky, C.I.
1993 - The Beverly Hillbillies
1992 - Straight Talk
1989 - Steel Magnolias
1982 - The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
1980 - Nine to Five
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946), one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (nee Owens). Parton grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, TN. 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 career as a country singer. She fell in love with 'Carl Dean', who ran an asphalt-paving business; they got married on May 30, 1966 (and they are still together). The next year, Parton's singing caught the attention of 'Porter Wagoner'. He hired Parton to appear on his program, The Porter Wagoner Show (1960). Parton 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 Porter's, 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.
Parton gained immense popularity as a singer/songwriter. She 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, Parton was appearing frequently on TV specials and talk shows. She then got her own show, aptly titled Dolly (1976).
In 1977, she got her first Grammy award: Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for her song "Here You Come Again". Parton's movie debut was in Nine to Five (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 Nine to Five.
Parton 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 Smokey Mountain upbringing. She appeared as herself in the Dolly (1987) TV series.
In 1988, she won another Grammy award: Best Country Performance Duo or Group with Vocals, for "Trio".
Parton 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 of course garnered more Country Music Association awards.
In 2000, Parton received her 5th Grammy award: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. She also released a Bluegrass Album. She is known for beautiful songs such as "Coat of Many Colors" and "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You". Parton 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".
- Godmother of 'Miley Cyrus' (qv).
- Her Oscar nominated song "9 To 5" from _Nine to Five (1980)_ (qv) was ranked #78 while her song writing contribution, "I Will Always Love You", from _The Bodyguard (1992)_ (qv) came in at #65 on The American Film Institute's list of _AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs (2004) (TV)_ (qv).
- In September 2002 she was named Tennessee's official ambassador for film and music by Gov. Don Sundquist. Her job is to promote the state to industry executives in Hollywood and raise awareness of Tennessee's capability to produce television, film, and recording projects (soundtracks) for Hollywood productions.
- Awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2007. This lifetime achievement award is presented to the pioneers of country music who have made lasting contributions to the genre.
- Lost a Dolly Parton Look-Alike Contest.
- Purchased her hometown radio stations in Sevierville, Tennessee in 1991. She owned and operated WSEV 930 AM and WDLY 105.5 FM, the FM station billed as 'Dolly's Station', until 2000 when she sold both radio stations. Stating at that time that she and her business partners had built up the audiences for both stations and could not take the stations to "the next level". Dolly first appeared on WSEV-AM when she as 10 years old. While owning the radio stations, WDLY-FM was broadcast every operating day from Dolly's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The small section of the park dedicated to the radio broadcast was known as 'Radio Square'.
- The children's television series _"Sesame Street" (1969)_ (qv) introduced a character in homage to Dolly Parton. She had purple skin and blonde hair and went by the name of Polly Darton.
- Covered Collective Soul's "Shine." In her version she turns it into a bluegrass song instead of an alternative rock ballard.