Dolly Parton

© Curtis Hilbun

© Curtis Hilbun


Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee. As a child, Parton began singing on local radio as well as television in East Tennessee. Parton was initially successful as a songwriter later; she started her singing career after being signed by Monument Records in 1965. She composed more than 3,000 songs through her career. She also won several Country Music awards, eight Grammy Awards, which includes a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2011. Parton has received 45 Grammy Award nominations. She also has two Academy Awards nominations. In 1984, Parton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As an actress, she starred in many movies and television shows. In 1998, Nashville Business declared her as the wealthiest country music star. In 1986, she opened her theme park called Dollywood in Tennessee. The amusement park is still a very popular travel destination. Parton married Carl Dean on 30 May 1966. She is the godmother of singer and actress Miley Cyrus. Dolly Parton is known for wearing the perfume Gendarme.