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  • Multifaceted performer and entrepreneur Dolly Parton has been in the spotlight for 50 years and is known as the “Queen of Country Music.” She is the wealthiest country music star in history and is tied for having received the most Grammy Award nominations at 46. The Hall of Famer and Dollywood theme park co-owner is known for her hits including "Jolene" and 'I Will Always Love You." She has also starred in films including "9 to 5" and "Steel Magnolias." Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1976.
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  • Parton wrote her first song, "Little Tiny Tassle Top" in 1951 and began performing as a singer on "The Cas Walker Show" in Knoxville, Tenn. In 1957, she made her first recording, "Puppy Love. PHOTO: Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in circa 1955 in Tennessee.
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  • Dolly Parton is seen here in her junior year in 1963 at Sevier County High School, Sevierville, Tennessee.
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  • Dolly Parton during her senior year at Sevier County High School in Sevierville, Tennessee, 1964.
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  • Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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  • Dolly Parton first appeared on the Porter Wagoner Show Sept. 5, 1967. Their due of "The Last Thing on My Mind" hit number seven on Billboard's country chart. PHOTO: Parton and Porter Wagoner perform in Nashville, Tenn., 1967.
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  • Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1970.
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  • Parton's album "Jolene" was released in 1974. The single "Jolene" reached number one on the country charts. Her next four singles, including "I Will Always Love You," also reached number one.
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  • Dolly Parton performs live at The Paramount Theatre in 1977 in Oakland, California.
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  • Parton's first film was "9 to 5," in 1980, with Lily Tomlin, left, and Jane Fonda, right. Parton earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best New Film Star, and Best Original Song (for the title song). The title song reached number one on the country and pop charts, and also earned her an Oscar nomination and won her a Grammy Award. The album, "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs," won her an Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year award.
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  • Dolly Parton has earned two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her first was in 1984 and her second was with her "Trio" album partners Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in 2018. She is the only female in the 21st century to receive two stars. PHOTO: Parton, with her family and Sylvester Stallone are honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, Calif., June 14, 1984.
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  • Dolly Parton performs on the ABC variety show "Dolly" in 1987.
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  • The Dollywood theme park opened near Parton's hometown in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. in May 3, 1986. PHOTO: Parton appears at Dollywood in Oct. 24, 1988.
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  • Dolly Parton starred alongside, left to right, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley Maclaine, and Daryl Hannah in the film "Steel Magnolias," released in 1989. The film won the 1990 People's Choice Award for favorite dramatic motion picture
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  • Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton perfrom in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 1, 1990.
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  • Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson during The Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards Induction in New York, June 14, 2001.
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  • Dolly Parton in Duluth, Georgia, Nov. 25, 2005.
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  • Dolly Parton performs performs at Glastonbury Festival, June 29, 2014. in Glastonbury, England.
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  • Dolly Parton's lyrics from her song "Coat of Many Colors," was turned into a children's book, published in 1994, about a young girl who needs a winter coat. Parton's upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee was the backdrop for the book. PHOTO: Parton reads her book, "The Coat of Many Colors" to school children at The Library of Congress on Feb. 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Parton gifted copies of the book to the Library of Congress as part of her Imagination Library program, which gives free books to children in the U.S. and elsewhere.
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  • Dolly Parton performs with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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  • Inductee Dolly Parton speaks on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 05, 2022 in Los Angeles. Parton initially asked for her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination to be revoked since she didn't think she was worthy of it as a country music performer. The foundation rejected the attempt, stating that the work it celebrates “has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music.” Rock-and-roll “is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture.”
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