For the remainder of the decade, none of her solo effort — even " In the Good Old Days When Times Were Bad ," which later became a standard — was as successful as her duets with Wagoner. When she was eight years old, her uncle bought her first real guitar. I'm not like a real person. Archived from the original on July 14,
There is ample artifice for Dolly Parton to strip away in her new autobiography Dream More, where she presents. But more intriguing are the dark secrets that the year-old country singing legend has left out, say friends. The multi-millionaire entertainer, whose stage musical based on her hit song Nine To Five is touring Britain until July, dances around the truth behind her unorthodox marriage to husband Carl Dean and her sadness at never having. The songbird avoids discussing the crippling back pain caused by decades of hauling around her weighty breast implants, which threatens to end her performing career.
Amazingly he has seen her sing in concert only once. The couple reportedly clashed when Parton preferred to spend their anniversary with girlfriend Judy Ogle. Parton has previously confessed to often sharing a bed with Ogle, who became her business manager, saying: The singer once claimed that even when she had sex with her husband: Gleefully stirring the controversy, she also says of women: I never tell if I have.
Nor is her past admission: Tragically, in at the age of 38, she suffered a medical crisis. A partial hysterectomy left her unable to have children. She plunged into depression, gaining three and a half stone, followed by drastic weight loss that left her dangerously thin. The album's debut at number 17 on the all-genre Billboard albums chart was the highest in her career.
The Musical , an adaptation of her feature film. After the sudden death of Michael Jackson , whom Parton knew personally, she released a video in which she somberly told of her feelings on Jackson and his death. On October 27, , Parton released a four-CD box set, "Dolly," which featured 99 songs and spanned most of her career.
In , she was said to have been working on a dance-oriented album, Dance with Dolly, but as of June , the album had not been released. On January 6, , Parton announced that her new album would be titled Better Day. On February 11, , after the sudden death of Whitney Houston , Dolly Parton stated, "Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston.
I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed. It was released in the United States on May 13, and debuted at number six on the Billboard chart, making it her first top album and her highest-charting solo album ever; it also reached the number two on the U.
The album was released in Europe on June 9, and reached number two on the UK album chart. On June 29, , Parton performed for the first time at the UK Glastonbury Festival performing songs such as "Jolene," "9 to 5," and "Coat of Many Colors" to a crowd of more than , The tour was one of Parton's biggest tours within the United States in more than 25 years. It was previously a hit for Parton and was included on her album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. She also co-wrote and provided featuring vocals on the song "Rainbowland" on Younger Now , the sixth album by her God-daughter Miley Cyrus.
In , Nashville Business ranked her to be the wealthiest country-music star. Parton is a prolific songwriter, having begun by writing country-music songs with strong elements of folk music , based upon her upbringing in humble mountain surroundings, and reflecting her family's Christian background. Parton went on to say that she writes something every day, be it a song or an idea. Parton's songwriting has been featured prominently in several films.
The second version was a number one country hit and also managed to reach the pop charts, going to number The Early Years Whitney Houston performed it on The Bodyguard soundtrack and her version became the best-selling hit both written and performed by a female vocalist, with worldwide sales of over 12 million copies.
In addition, the song has been translated into Italian and performed by the Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins , a fact referred to by Parton herself at the Backwoods Barbie tour concert in Birmingham UK. As a songwriter, Parton has twice been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song , for "9 to 5" and " Travelin' Thru " from the transgender-themed film Transamerica. Parton wrote the score and Patricia Resnick wrote the book for 9 to 5: The Musical , a musical-theater adaptation of Parton's feature film 9 to 5 The musical ran at the Ahmanson Theatre , Los Angeles in late Developing the musical was not a quick process.
According to a broadcast of the public-radio program Studio October 29, ,  in October , Parton was in the midst of composing the songs for a Broadway musical theater adaptation of the film. In late June , 9 to 5: Block , Bebe Neuwirth , and Marc Kudisch. Parton invested much of her earnings into business ventures in her native East Tennessee, notably Pigeon Forge. Dollywood is ranked as the 24th-most-popular theme park in the United States, with some three million visitors per year.
A former location in Orlando, Florida , closed in January after the land and building were sold to a developer. The show, which opened originally in June , was previously owned and operated by Rob Scheer until the close of the season. The new renovated show by the Dollywood Company opened in Parton was a co-owner of Sandollar Productions, with Sandy Gallin , her former manager. A film-and-television- production company , it produced the Common Threads: In a interview, singer Connie Francis revealed that Dolly had been contacting her for years in an attempt to film the singer's life story.
Francis turned down Parton's offers, as she was already in negotiations with singer Gloria Estefan to produce the film, a collaboration now ended. In addition to her performing appearances on The Porter Wagoner Show in the s and into the s, her two self-titled television variety shows in the s and s , and on American Idol in and other guest appearances, Parton has had television roles.
In , she received an Emmy award nomination as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Variety Program" for her guest appearance in a Cher special. Although her first attempt, the television variety show Dolly! She later tried a second television variety show, also titled Dolly —88 ; likewise, it lasted only one season. In her first feature film, Parton portrayed a secretary in a leading role with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the comedy film 9 to 5 The movie highlights the discrimination of women in a working environment and created awareness of the National Association of Working Women It also reached No.
After a two-year hiatus from films, Parton was teamed with Sylvester Stallone for Rhinestone In , she returned to film acting in Steel Magnolias , based on the play of the same name by Robert Harling. She starred in the television movies A Smoky Mountain Christmas ; Wild Texas Wind ; Unlikely Angel , portraying an angel sent back to earth following a deadly car crash; and Blue Valley Songbird , where her character lives through her music.
She launched a television series, The Dolly Show, but it was not a success. Parton made a cameo appearance as herself in The Beverly Hillbillies , an adaptation of the long-running TV sitcom of the same name — She also has guest-starred in several sitcoms, including a episode of Designing Women episode "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century" as herself, the guardian movie star of Charlene's baby.
She appeared as herself in on the Halloween episode of Bette Midler 's short-lived sitcom Bette , and on episode 14 of Babes , which was produced by Sandollar Productions, Parton and Sandy Gallin 's joint production company. She appeared as an overprotective mother in the comedy Frank McKlusky, C. Armed and Fabulous , starring Sandra Bullock.
She was featured in The Book Lady , a documentary film about her campaign for children's literacy. Parton had expected to reprise her television role as Hannah's godmother in the musical comedy film Hannah Montana: The Movie , but the character was omitted from the final screenplay.
Parton also had a cameo in the sequel , which aired in November In June , Parton announced an eight-part Netflix series, featuring her music career. According to Parton, he has seen her perform only once. However, she also has commented in interviews that, although it appears they spend little time together, it is simply that nobody sees him publicly. She has commented on Dean's romantic side, saying that he does spontaneous things to surprise her and sometimes even writes poems for her.
Parton and Dean helped raise several of Parton's younger siblings in Nashville, leading her nieces and nephews to refer to her as "Aunt Granny," a moniker that later lent its name to one of Parton's Dollywood restaurants.
The couple have no children of their own, but Parton is the godmother of performer Miley Cyrus. Later, Parton said, "We're really proud of our marriage. It's the first for both of us. Parton has turned down several offers to pose nude for Playboy magazine, although she did appear on the cover of Playboy' s October issue wearing a Playboy bunny outfit, complete with ears the October Playboy issue featured Lawrence Grobel's extensive and candid interview with Parton, representing one of her earliest high-profile interviews with the mainstream press.
The association of breasts with Parton's public image is illustrated in the naming of Dolly the sheep after her, since the sheep was cloned from a cell taken from an adult ewe's mammary gland. Bridge is commonly referred to by a nickname, "the Dolly Parton Bridge," due to its arches resembling Parton's chest. She also is known for having undergone considerable plastic surgery.
Parton replied that cosmetic surgery was imperative in keeping with her famous image. Since the mids, Parton has supported many charitable efforts, particularly in the area of literacy, primarily through her Dollywood Foundation. Her literacy program, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library,  a part of the Dollywood Foundation, mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten.
Currently, over local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost , children each month across the U. Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food. The Dollywood Foundation, funded from Parton's net profits, has been noted for bringing jobs and tax revenues to a previously depressed region.
Thomas, the physician who delivered her. She announced a benefit concert to raise additional funds for the project. The concert played to about 8, people. In , her efforts to preserve the bald eagle through the American Eagle Foundation 's sanctuary at Dollywood earned her the Partnership Award from the U. Fish and Wildlife Service. For her work in literacy, Parton has received various awards, including: On May 8, , Parton gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 's College of Arts and Sciences.
It was only the second honorary degree given by the university, and in presenting the degree, the university's Chancellor , Jimmy G. Cheek, said, "Because of her career not just as a musician and entertainer, but for her role as a cultural ambassador, philanthropist and lifelong advocate for education, it is fitting that she be honored with an honorary degree from the flagship educational institution of her home state. In response to the Great Smoky Mountains wildfires , Parton was one of a number of country music artists who participated in a telethon to raise money for victims of the fires.
Parton is one of the most-honored female country performers of all time. She has had 26 songs reach No. She has 42 career top country albums, a record for any artist, and career-charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, collaboration records, compilation usage, and paid digital downloads during Parton's career have reportedly topped million records around the world. Parton has earned nine Grammy Awards including her Lifetime Achievement Grammy and a total of 46 Grammy Award nominations, the most nominations of any female artist in the history of the prestigious awards, a record tied by Beyoncé.
At the American Music Awards , she has won three awards out of 18 nominations. At the Country Music Association, she has won 10 awards out of 42 nominations. At the Academy of Country Music , she has won seven awards and 39 nominations.
She also has been nominated for two Academy Awards and a Tony Award. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her appearance in a Cher television special. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her music in , located at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California ; a star on the Nashville Star Walk for Grammy winners;  and a bronze sculpture on the courthouse lawn in Sevierville.
She has called that statue of herself in her hometown "the greatest honor," because it came from the people who knew her. Parton was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in , and in was named one of Ms. Magazine ' s Women of the Year. In , she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In , Parton received country music's highest honor, an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Parton has received 46 Grammy Award nominations, tying her with Bruce Springsteen for the most Grammy nominations and positioning her in tenth place overall. Parton was honored in with a tribute album called Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton. Parton herself contributed a re-recording of the title song, originally the title song for her first RCA album in Parton was awarded the Living Legend Medal by the U.
Library of Congress on April 14, , for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States. In , she was honored with the National Medal of Arts , the highest honor given by the U. The award is presented by the U.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her lifetime of contributions to the arts. During the show, some of country music's biggest names came to show their admiration. McEntire and Reese Witherspoon also came to pay tribute.
In , Parton will receive a second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , being inducted alongside Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in recognition of their work as a trio. During her career, Parton has gained induction into numerous Halls of Fame. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dolly Parton Parton in Singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist record producer actress author businesswoman humanitarian.
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Dolly Parton – Her life and career together make a rags-to-rhinestones story which began on January 19, Born the fourth child of 12, Dolly grew up in Locust Ridge, nestled against the . Watch video · Early Life. Country music icon and actress Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, , in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Parton grew up poor in rural Appalachia. Early life and career. Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, , in a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee; a very small community located in Sevier County in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Songs of Dolly Parton.