A Queen, A Goddess, A Warrior and A Princess.
We all think of her appearance when you hear her name. The hair, the eyes and all the sparkle. Behind all that is so much more.
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on 19 January 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee as 4th of 12 kids on a small Tobacco farm and was singing as long as she remembers. She moved to Nashville one day after her high school graduation to pursue her dream but promised to always take care of her family and hometown.
Dolly’s career took off and spanned nearly five decades and still going strong. Dolly is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, she has composed over 3,000 songs. The list of hit songs and awards is endless.
(Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist, garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards to name a few!…)
As she kept her promise to take care of her hometown, Dolly opened Amusement park, Dollywood. Dolly Parton is the biggest employer in the area and provides jobs for 3000 people.
In 1995, the pop culture icon founded Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with the goal of encouraging literacy in her home state of Tennessee. The Imagination Library is 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. In 2018, Parton was honored by the Library of Congress on account of the "charity sending out its 100 millionth book.
In the mid-2000s, Dolly received death threats from the KKK in response to Dollywood’s annual “Gay Day” celebration. She doubled down on her beliefs. “I still get threats,” she’s said. “But like I said, I’m in business. I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. I love everybody.” In terms of gay marriage, Dolly has said, “I always say, ‘Sure – why can’t they get married? They should suffer like the rest of us do.’”