Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actor, philanthropist, and businesswoman who was born on January 19, 1946. She is well recognized for her work in country music.
After finding success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton released her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly, in 1967. This led to success for the rest of the 1960s, both as a solo artist and with a string of duet albums with Porter Wagoner, before her sales and chart peak occurred in the 1970s and lasted into the 1980s.
Parton had less commercial success with her albums in the 1990s, but she found mainstream success once more in the new millennium.
Since then, she has released albums on a variety of independent companies, including her own company, Dolly Records. Over 100 million of her records have been sold globally.
Dolly Parton’s Early Life
Dolly On January 19, 1946, Rebecca Parton was born in a one-room cabin near the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee. She is the fourth of Robert Lee Parton Sr. (1921-2000) and Avie Lee Caroline’s twelve children.
Parton has three deceased siblings as of 2021. Parton’s maternal great-great-grandmother Rebecca (Dunn) Whitted is the source of her middle name.
The father of Dolly Parton, referred to as “Lee,” toiled in the East Tennessee mountains, first as a sharecropper and then tending to his own little tobacco farm and plot of land.
In addition, he worked construction jobs to augment the meager revenue from the farm. Despite the fact that her father was illiterate, Parton has frequently remarked that he was among the most astute businessmen she has ever met.
Dolly Parton’s Personal Life
Dolly wed Carl Thomas Dean in 1966. Dean avoids the spotlight. He devoted a large portion of his life to operating a Nashville asphalt road surface paving company. He seldom goes with his wife to official functions. Parton claims that Carl has only EVER seen her perform in public.
Although Parton is childless, she is involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews and is Miley Cyrus’ godmother. Parton and Dean assisted in the upbringing of several of Parton’s younger siblings.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey for Today, Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country, spoke up about her 54-year marriage to Carl Dean and their decision to forgo having children.
She said she was able to pursue her goal of becoming a country music star because “I had no kids and my husband was quite independent,” adding, “So I think a large part of my overall success is the fact that I was free to work.
Dean and Parton were married in 1966 after falling in love at first sight when Parton was just 18 years old. In 2016, they renewed their vows in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Parton has made it obvious that Dean has always been the one. According to Entertainment Tonight, she added, “If I had anything to do over again, I’d do it all over again, and we did.”
Dolly Parton’s Career Life
She has 25 number-one songs and 41 top-10 country albums to her credit. She is well known for the Whitney Houston covers of her songs “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You” for the motion picture The Bodyguard.
She has sold more than 100 million albums over her career, all on her own. Not included in that number are the hundreds of millions of records that other musicians have sold that feature her tunes.
Dolly has donated a sizable chunk of her income to her home state of Tennessee through philanthropy and business ventures. With 3 million visitors a year, her theme park Dollywood is the 24th-most popular theme park in the US.
She had provided hundreds of millions of dollars in donations and/or fundraising efforts for numerous organizations.
Dolly Parton’s Top Popular Songs
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifications for Parton’s music include gold, platinum, and multi-platinum accolades.
She set a record for a female performer by having 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts (tied with Reba McEntire).
She has 110 career charting singles over the past 40 years and 44 Top 10 country albums in her career, a record for any singer.
Her more than 3,000 compositions include “I Will Always Love You,” a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Whitney Houston, as well as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and “9 to 5”.
She has appeared in movies like Rhinestone (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Straight Talk (1992), Joyful Noise (1993), and 9 to 5 (1980), for which she received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
She also starred in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and The Best Little Whorehouse in 1980.
Dolly Parton’s Career Highlights
- Dolly has sold more than 100 million records alone
- Her songs have sold successfully in cover versions as well.
- She received earnings of $20 million from just Whitney Houston.
- 3 million people visit Dollywood each year.
- She has given to charity and raised hundreds of millions of dollars.
Dolly Parton’s Net Worth
American singer, songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is also a philanthropist. The total wealth of Dolly Parton is $650 million. For more than 40 years, Dolly Parton has penned and performed popular country tunes.
Dolly Parton’s Earnings
Whitney’s rendition helped Dolly earn $10 million in royalties in the early 1990s or about $20 million after accounting for inflation. Later, she would quip that the song had brought in “enough money to buy Graceland.”
Dolly still receives around 8 cents every radio play and $2 per album sold as the owner of the authorship and publishing rights.
Dolly Parton has a net worth of $600 million as of June 2022. She is a Tennessee-born American musician, composer, record producer, actress, and businesswoman. One of the top vocalists in the world, Parton has sold millions of copies of her records.
After finding success as a songwriter for others, Parton released her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly, in 1967.