Dolly Parton Biography

Dolly Parton Biography

Dolly Parton, in full Dolly Rebecca Parton, (born January 19, 1946, Locust Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.), American country music singer, guitarist, and actress best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles.

Quick Fact

Also Known As Dolly Rebecca Parton

Age: 76 Years, 76-Year-Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Carl Thomas Dean (M. 1966)

Father: Robert Lee Parton

Mother: Avie Lee Owens

Siblings: Cassie Nan Parton, Coy Denver Parton, David Wilburn Parton, Floyd Parton, Freida Estelle Parton, Larry Gerald Parton, Rachel Dennison, Randy Parton, Robert Lee Parton Jr., Willadeene Parton

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Dolly Parton Country Singers

Height: 5’0″ (152 cm), 5’0″ Females

U.S. State: Tennessee

Founder/Co-Founder: Dollywood Foundation

Dolly Parton Biography

Childhood & Early Life

Dolly Parton was born on 19 January 1946 in Sevier County Tennessee, USA. She was the fourth of twelve children born to Robert Lee Parton, a farmer and construction labourer and Avie Lee. She later described her family to be economically backward. Dolly Parton’s family was inclined towards music and she took up singing from her mother. She credits her uncle Bill Owens for supporting her in taking music as a career at a young age. After graduating from high school in 1964 she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her career in music.


Dolly Parton began her professional performances at the age of 10 through television and radio shows in Knoxville, Tennessee. Later her career began flourishing in the year 1967 when she partnered with entertainer Porter Wagoner for the Porter Wagoner Show. This partnership also helped her in receiving a musical contract from RCA Records.

RCA Records released her first single as a duet partner with Porter Wagoner, a cover of Tom Paxton’s song ‘The Last Thing on My Mind’ which was released in 1967 and reached the country’s top ten in early 1968. The following six years witnessed an unbreakable top ten singles from this partnership.

In 1971, Dolly Parton earned her first No.1 Country single hit with the song ‘Joshua’. She had many more hit singles and duets in the following years which included songs like ‘Coat of many Colours’, ‘Burning the Midnight Oil’, ‘Touch Your Woman’ and ‘The Right Combination and many more.

Major Works

One of her major works was Her song “I Will Always Love You”, which was written, composed, and originally recorded by her and was the second single from her 1974 album ‘Jolene’ which is her best-known song. Whitney Houston recorded a cover version of the song for the 1992 film ‘The Bodyguard’ and since then the song has become one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Humanitarian Works

Dolly Parton formed the Dollywood Foundation in 1996. The foundation focuses on literacy and has been instrumental in encouraging reading amongst the children of over 1600 communities across the USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Dolly Parton has also worked towards other causes as the American Red Cross and HIV-AIDS. Her music has been used in PETA’s ad campaigns.

Awards & Achievements

  • Dolly Parton has received 25 awards in gold, platinum and multi-platinum categories certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
  • Her music album ‘New Harvest, First Gathering’ won the favourite Country Album category of the American Music Awards in 1978.
  • In 1979, she won the Grammy Award in the category for Best Country Vocal Performance for the song ‘Here You Come Again’.
  • Dolly Parton won the 1992 Grammy Award for her song ‘9 to 5’ in the Best Country Vocal performance category.
  • In 1988 she won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with her album ‘Trio’.
  • Dolly Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame in the year 1999.
  • She won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the song ‘After the Gold Rush’ in 2000.
  • In 2001, her album ‘The Grass is Blue’ won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
  • In 2002, she once again won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category of the Grammy Awards for the song’ Shine’.
  • In 2011, Dolly Parton was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dolly Parton Movies

1. Nine to Five (1980)


2. Steel Magnolias (1989)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

3. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

  (Comedy, Musical)

4. Straight Talk (1992)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

5. Joyful Noise (2012)

  (Comedy, Music, Drama)

6. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy)

7. The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

  (Comedy, Family)

8. Rhinestone (1984)

  (Music, Comedy)

9. Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002)


Dolly Parton Awards

People’s Choice Awards

1988Favourite All-Around Female EntertainerWinner
1988Favourite Female Performer in a New TV ProgramWinner

Dolly Parton Grammy Awards

2021Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/SongWinner
2020Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/SongWinner
2017Best Country Duo/Group PerformanceWinner
2011Lifetime Achievement AwardWinner
2002Best Female Country Vocal PerformanceWinner
2001Best Bluegrass AlbumWinner
2000Best Country Collaboration with VocalsWinner
1988Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalWinner
1988Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner
1982Best Country Vocal Performance, FemaleNine to Five (1980)
1982Best Country SongNine to Five (1980)
1979Best Country Vocal Performance, FemaleWinner

Dolly Parton Net Worth

Dolly Parton Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Assets Music Earnings

Net Worth:$805 Million
Monthly Income:$4 Million
Date of Birth:January 19, 1946
Height:5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)

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