BIOGRAPHY: DOLLY PARTON
“I’ve always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every
success I’ve ever achieved,” says Dolly Parton of her incredible career, which has spanned nearly five
decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.
An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed
countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of
Many Colors,” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” With 1977’s crossover hit “Here You Come
Again,” she successfully erased the line between country and pop music without noticeably altering either
her music or her image. “I’m not leaving country,” she said at the time, “I’m just taking it with me.”
Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, Dolly earned rave reviews for her
performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy
Awards. Roles in Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk
followed, along with two network television series, made for television movies, network and HBO specials,
and guest-starring roles in series television. In 2006, Dolly earned her second Oscar nomination for
“Travelin’ Thru,” which she wrote for the film Transamerica.
Dolly Parton’s remarkable life began very humbly. Born January 19, 1946 on a farm in Sevier
County, Tennessee, Dolly is the fourth of twelve children. Her parents, Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton
struggled to make ends meet in the impoverished East Tennessee hills. This hard rural life was the
foundation of Dolly’s career, as she began singing almost before she could talk, according to her father.
By age 10, Dolly was performing on local television and radio shows in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee. “I
always wanted to be a star. It just seemed natural to me,” she said. “Making music is all I’ve ever
Dolly left for Nashvil