On January 19, 1946, Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, TN, and at age seven, little Dolly made herself a guitar and started strumming. Behind the big hair, big breasts and big country glitz, Dolly Parton has achieved one of the most successful, award-winning careers in music history, all the while remaining one of the most likeable celebrities from Nashville to Hollywood. Her secret? A lot of hard work and hairspray.
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Born in 1946 in Locust Ridge, TN, Dolly wrote her first song, "Little Tiny Tassle Top," at age 5 about her doll homemade out of corn husks.
The day Dolly moved to Nashville in 1964, she met Carl Dean at a laundromat called the Wishy Washy. They've wed in 1966 and have remained married ever since.
In July 1967, Monument Records releases Dolly's first full-length album, "Hello, I'm Dolly."
Dolly's early partnership with country star Porter Wagoner helped land her a contract with RCA records and make her a household name.
Dolly wrote "I Will Always Love You" as musical good-bye to her business partnership with Porter Wagoner.
In 1978, Dolly won her first Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for her album "Here You Come Again."
In addition to "9 to 5," Dolly also starred in films including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Steel Magnolias," and "Rhinestone."
In 1980, Dolly stars as Doralee Rhodes in "9 to 5," a role and title song that earns her Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best New Film Star, and Best Original Song.
Dolly's never directly called herself a feminist, but her pro-women lyrics in songs like "Just Because I'm a Woman," "9 to 5" and "Dumb Blonde" cause many to claim her as a feminist icon.
Dolly never had any children, but with 11 siblings, she has no shortage of nieces and nephews who call her Great Aunt Granny.
Over her career, Dolly has written more than 3,000 songs, won seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, two Academy Awards and a Library of Congress Living Legend Medal.
On May 3, 1986, Dolly opened her 150-acre namesake theme park, Dollywood, near her Tennessee hometown.
Since Dolly began her literacy foundation, Imagination Library, in 1988, it has given away more than 50 million books to low-income children.
Having sold more than 100 million records over her career and being the first artist to ear a No. 1 record twice for "I Will Always Love You," Dolly's spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame is well earned.
Dolly Parton has always been humorously self-deprecating about her unique appearance. "I've always thought of myself as bizarre, not as a sex symbol," she once said.
Originally modeling her look after a hometown prostitute, Dolly has never been shy about her bedazzled appearance. "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap," she's fond of saying.