Dolly Parton is a living legend. Her success in the music industry is unparalleled, and her kindness is felt throughout nations and generations. For decades, Dolly’s genuine personality and authentic lyrics have drawn the widest of audiences, and her films are favorites long after they are released.
With a career as expansive and profound as Dolly’s, there is always something new to learn about her. She is continually working to help others, and she advocates for what is right. Here are ten incredible facts about Dolly Parton, including the age that is but a number.
10 She Is An Actress & Producer Through & Through
Younger Dolly fans might not have as much exposure to her diverse collection of films, like 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias. She has tons of other film and television projects (including delightful Christmas movies). The celebrity does not limit herself to fictional stories; she brought her own story to the screen through Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (with an episode nominated for an Emmy) and will detail her passion for helping children read through The Library That Dolly Built.
Dolly likes to get behind the camera, too. She owns successful production companies including the one responsible for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Sandollar Productions.
9 Dolly Is A Woman Of The Century
Everyone is so happy when Dolly is honored for being the amazing woman that she is. As of August 31, 2020, BMI gave the musician seven “Million-Air” awards for seven songs with more than 22 million cumulative performances.
Additionally, she is one of USA Today’s Women of the Century, a revered name on a list of 100 women who have done big things in the last 100 years (to celebrate 100 years of the 19th amendment).
8 Dolly Is Literary
Music is a healing force, a source of relaxation and enjoyment, and a vehicle for communicating truth. Dolly Parton has used her gift of song in all of those ways, but she has countless other talents. The professional is a published author with a variety of quality content. Fans can read her recipes, her autobiography, and classic children’s books like Coat of Many Colors.
Some may not realize that the Imagination Library is Dolly’s long-time project. She started it in 1995, beginning with her county and building up to cover five countries, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. Through the program, over a million free books go out to children ages five and under in those countries each month.
7 Dolly Has Mentored Other Celebrities
While many Dolly fans know about her close relationships with Miley Cyrus (her goddaughter) and Billy Ray Cyrus, Dolly has made a difference in the careers and lives of many other entertainers.
In recent memoir Open Book, Jessica Simpson detailed Dolly’s kindness and encouragement when Simpson was in a dark point of her life and career. Dolly touches people’s lives in a profound way, even when they’re superstars, too.
6 She Has 25 Billboard Number 1 Singles
5 Dolly Parton Does Not Have Children
One of the most asked questions on the Internet is, “Does Dolly Parton have any children?” The star and her husband, Carl Dean, never had any kids. Devoted fans know that Dolly loves children; she has written books and songs for them, and she gives her time and her wealth to help them however possible.
In 2017, Dolly told Matt Lauer, “God has a plan for everything…I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine. And they are now.”
4 Dolly’s First Time Meeting Her Husband Is Adorable
In 2016, Dolly and Carl celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Dolly’s official website has the cutest story about her introduction to Carl. They met by chance on Dolly’s first day as a Nashville resident. Where did they bump into each other? In front of the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville!
Dolly remembered, “I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me). He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about.” The happy couple made it to year 54 in 2020.
3 She Is A “Dollywood” Darling
According to the August 2020 issue of Billboard, the Dollywood Company is the largest employer in Sevier County, Tennessee. With the exception of 2020, the theme park’s main attractions usually see over three million visitors in a year. In Dollywood and beyond, Dolly (the “Dreamer-in-Chief) truly is a darling.
She hasn’t gone on tour since 2016, but she still pays her band and her personal staffers, although many Dollywood employees were furloughed during the pandemic and started to work again in June.
2 Dolly Is Philanthropic
Dolly’s goodwill extends far beyond her inner circle or employee community. The entertainer strongly believes in helping the less fortunate. In her August 2020 Billboard cover story, Dolly said: “As the scripture says, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ So I look at my life with that every day and think that God expects it of me…I expect it of myself, and I think people expect it of me. If I can be an inspiration, then I want to be that. That makes me feel good.”
Dolly has put her mantra into action over and over again, including during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, she gave a million dollars to the COVID-19 research fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
1 Dolly Parton Is 74 Years Old
As of 2020, Dolly Parton is 74. The music legend is known for her timeless beauty; she looks as beautiful now as she did twenty, thirty, even fifty years ago. Dolly has more than enough to keep do to keep herself active. Her days usually begin around 4:00 in the morning with a managerial meeting.
Dolly and manager Danny Nozell would normally discuss her business opportunities over breakfast, but they have spent the better part of 2020 talking over the phone. Nothing keeps Dolly down in her thriving business and her mission for good.