Dolly Parton

Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Dolly Parton masterfully wove the tales of her simple, rural background with the familiar twists of love and loss into heartfelt songs with universal appeal. Along with her distinctive twang and a lifelong obsession ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (119)

A Country Christmas Story 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Hollywood to Dollywood 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

G.G. Sparrow (Actor)

The Bachelorette 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

Dolly Gnome (Voice)

Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Hannah Montana 2006 - 2007, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of Dirt 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

19 Kids and Counting 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Reba 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CMT Crossroads 2003 (Tv Show)

Performer

The 36th Annual CMA Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

Frank's Mother (Actor)

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Ole Opry 75th -- A Celebration 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Country 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Reba McEntire 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Dove Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Ricky Skaggs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Prime Time Country Celebrates 15 Years of TNN 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Unspoiled Country 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Company's Comin': A Tribute to Porter Wagoner 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly Parton: Treasures 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Ole Opry Musical Salute to Minnie Pearl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Kenny Rogers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Country Music Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrities Offstage (10/19/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN Music City News Country Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Shirlee Kenyon (Actor)

Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Holiday Gourmet (05/07/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

Truvy Jones (Actor)

This Is Your Life (11/26/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Together 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

Jacqueline "Jake" Ferris (Actor)

Dolly in Concert 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Mona Stangely (Actor)

Fifty Years of Country Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily -- Sold Out 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

Doralee Rhodes (Actor)

A Christmas Special... With Love, Mac Davis 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Stars of the '70s 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher... Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mac Davis... Sounds Like Home 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Music Hit Parade 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Reynolds' Late Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Valley Songbird (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

The Winning Hand (TV Show)

Actor

Unlikely Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Texas Wind (TV Show)

Actor
Music (44)

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

("I Will Always Love You") (Song)

Hollywood to Dollywood 2012 (Movie)

(Song)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

("From Here To The Moon And Back") (Song Performer)

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

("Not Enough") (Song)

The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

("9 To 5") (Song)

Jack's Place 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Song

Why Not? with Shania Twain 1989 - 1990, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Song

Whip It 2009 (Movie)

("Jolene") (Song Performer)

Whip It 2009 (Movie)

("Jolene") (Song)

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

("9 To 5") (Song)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

("Coat Of Many Colors") (Song Performer)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

("Coat Of Many Colors") (Song)

The Princes of Malibu 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

Lifetime's 4th Annual Women Rock! Songs From The Movies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 37th Annual CMA Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

("Marry Me") (Song Performer)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

("Marry Me") (Song)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("I Will Always Love You") (Song)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

With("Heart Door") (Song Performer)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

("9 to 5") (Song)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

song perfomer("Jolene" "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" "Salt in My Tears" "Speak of the Devil") (Song Performer)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

("Here I Am") (Song)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("9 to 5") (Song)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

("Shine On") (Song Performer)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

("The Day I Fall in Love") (Song Performer)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

song producer("Blue Grace" "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" "Dirty Job" "Blue Me" "Straight Talk" "Fish Out of Water" "Livin' a Lie" "Burning" "Thought I Couldn't Dance" "Burning to Burned") (Song)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

("I Will Always Love You") (Song)

Christmas in America: A Love Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

("Two Doors Down") (Song Performer)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

9 to 5 1981 - 1984 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

("Tennessee Homesick Blues" "One Emotion After the Other" "God Won't Get You" "Butterflies" "What a Heartache" "Sweet Lovin' Friends" "Wake Up in Love" "Stay Out of My Bedroom" "Be There") (Song Performer)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

("Tennessee Homesick Blues" "One Emotion After The Other" "God Won't Get You" "Butterflies" "What a Heartache" "Sweet Lovin' Friends" "Wake Up in Love" "Stay Out of My Bedroom" "Be There" "Drinkin' Stein" "Too Much Water" "Goin' Back to Heaven" "Hope You' (Song)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Ursula and Glenys 1984 (Movie)

("Islands in the Stream") (Song Performer)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

songs("Sneakin' Around" "I Will Always Love You") (Song)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

title song performer("Nine to Five") (Song Performer)

Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

Song Performer
Other (2)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

("I Will Always Love You") (Other)

Biography

Dolly Parton masterfully wove the tales of her simple, rural background with the familiar twists of love and loss into heartfelt songs with universal appeal. Along with her distinctive twang and a lifelong obsession with tacky couture, Parton also possessed Hollywood's most talked about pair of breasts, which she flaunted in an endless parade of almost sewn-on, rhinestone-studded minis. Stage shticks aside, Parton made history with her music. She wrote and performed such memorable hits as "Jolene" (1973), "9 to 5" (1980), and "I Will Always Love You" (1974). Parton's musical tastes evolved from pure country to pop to bluegrass, and with each incarnation, she was rewarded with multiple accolades from Grammys all the way to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Parton also lit up the big screen in "Nine to Five" (1980) as a secretary who used her substantial curves to humorous effect, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) as a charming brothel owner, and "Steel Magnolias" (1989) in which she portrayed a vivacious Southern beautician. After years of successful recordings, including the release of the award-winning albums The Grass is Blue (1999) and Little Sparrow (2001)Parton returned to the big screen in 2011 by starring in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise," in a role that introduced her music to a new generation of fans, and proved once again her enduring legacy as a genius composer and performer.

Relationships

Miley Cyrus Actor

Godchild
Starred on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana"

Carl Dean

Husband
Met at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat in 1964 Married two years later on May 30, 1966

Rachel Dennison Actor

Sister
Born Aug. 31, 1959; played the Doralee role (played by Dolly in the movie version) on the sitcom "9 to 5" (ABC, 1982-83; syndicated, 1986-88)

Richie Owens

Cousin
Backed Parton on (and co-produced) "Hungry Again" (1998) album

Floyd Parton Actor

Brother
Born in 1957; twin brother of Freida Parton; appeared as a band member in "Rhinestone" (1984)

Robert Parton

Father
Died in 2000 at age 79 from complications from a stroke

Avie Parton

Mother

Randy Parton Actor

Brother
Born in 1953; backed Dolly on bass before landing an RCA contract himself; appeared as a band member in "Rhinestone" (1984)

David Parton

Brother
Born in 1942

Denver Parton

Brother
Born in 1943

Stella Parton Actor

Sister
Born May 4, 1949; had country hits such as "Ode to Olivia" and "I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight"

Larry Parton

Brother
Died in infancy in 1955

Robert Parton

Brother
Born in 1948

Cassie Parton

Sister
Born in 1951

Freida Parton

Sister
Born in 1957; twin sister of Floyd Parton

Willadeene Parton

Sister
Born March 24, 1940

Milestones

2012

Published the book Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You

2012

Co-starred with Queen Latifah as choir singers in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"

2011

Voiced the character Dolly Gnome on the animated feature "Gnomeo & Juliet"

2009

Wrote the musical score for "9 to 5: The Musical," an adaptation of her feature film; earned Tony and Grammy Award nominations

2006

Appeared as 'Aunt Dolly' on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana"; was the real-life godmother of Hannah's Miley Cyrus

2005

Earned second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Travelin' Thru" from the film "Transamerica"; also garnered Golden Globe and Grammy nominations

2004

Earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Norah Jones

2002

Released third bluegrass album Halos & Horns, which included a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven"

1999

Recorded first bluegrass album The Grass Is Blue

1996

Executive produced and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Unlikely Angel"

1995

Played herself in the TV-movies "Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story" (CBS) and "Naomi & Wynnona: Love Can Build a Bridge" (NBC)

1994

Collaborated with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette to record the album Honky Tonk Angels

1993

Recorded "The Day I Fall In Love" as a duet with James Ingram for the film "Beethoven's 2nd"; the song was nominated for an Oscar and she performed it with Ingram on the awards telecast

1992

Played radio-program host opposite James Woods in "Straight Talk"; also provided songs

1992

Whitney Houston released a highly successful cover version of "I Will Always Love You" as the theme song for the film "The Bodyguard"

1991

Starred in the NBC TV-movie "Wild Texas Wind"; also produced and wrote the music

1990

Debuted as executive producer with "Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home" (ABC)

1989

Joined an ensemble cast for "Steel Magnolias"

1987

Starred on the short-lived ABC variety series "Dolly"

1987

Collaborated with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris for the successful album Trio

1986

Founded Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN

1986

Made TV-movie debut in "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" (ABC); also provided story and wrote songs

1984

Teamed with Kenny Rogers for the holiday special "Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember" (CBS)

1984

Wrote first film score for "Rhinestone"; also co-starred with Sylvester Stallone

1983

Headlined first solo TV special "Dolly in Concert" (HBO)

1982

Played a brothel owner opposite Burt Reynolds in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1980

Co-starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in her feature film debut "Nine to Five"; also wrote and sang the theme song, which became a hit and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Song; also earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination

1978

Performed with Cher on the ABC special "Cher...Special"; nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical Special

1977

Had commercial success as a pop singer with the album Here You Come Again

1977

Went mainstream with pop-rock band Gypsy Fever

1976

Hosted first syndicated variety show "Dolly"

1974

Recorded the single "I Will Always Love You" (written about her professional break with Wagoner)

1967

Joined the weekly country music program "The Porter Wagoner Show" (Syndicated); performed with Wagoner on tour and released several singles together

1967

Recorded debut album Hello, I'm Dolly

1965

Signed with Monument Records and released first single "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"

1964

Moved to Nashville after graduating from high school

1960

Made TV debut on the syndicated "The Porter Wagoner Show"

1958

Made debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN

1956

Featured on the radio broadcast "The Cass Walker Program" in Knoxville at the age of nine

Co-founded Sandollar Productions with manager Sandy Gallin

Bonus Trivia

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In 1969, Parton was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

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Parton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording in 1984.

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In 1986, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Parton received an honorary doctorate degree from Carson-Newman College in 1990.

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"I'm not offended at all, because I know I'm not a dumb blonde. I also know I'm not blonde." – Parton quoted in People magazine, July 6, 1992

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"My music is what took me everywhere I've been and everywhere I will go. It's my greatest love. I can't abandon it. I'll always keep making records, even if I have to sell them through the mail or the Internet." – Parton to USA Today, Aug. 25, 1998

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"Well, I was this child that had a dream. I felt like not much attention was paid to me. So I found my attention. I actually found a friend in my guitar. I had a very active mind. I had an outgoing personality. I needed to be noticed. People said we'll take you down to the radio station. I was the kind of kid that the more attention I got, the more I needed, and I felt like I had a gift, and the more people told me I was good, the more I believed them." – Parton to The Observer, Sept. 6, 1998

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In 1999, Parton received country music's highest honor, an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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She was inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.

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In 2003, her efforts to preserve the bald eagle through the American Eagle Foundation's sanctuary at Dollywood earned her the Partnership Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Parton was awarded the Living Legend Medal by the U.S. Library of Congress on April 14, 2004 for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.

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In 2005, Parton was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts and was presented by the U.S. President.

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On Dec. 3, 2006, Dolly Parton was honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her lifetime of contributions to the arts.

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She received an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee in 2009.

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"My songs got me out of the mountains, and took me everywhere I've wanted to go." – Parton quoted in People magazine, Jan. 16, 2012

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"It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." – Parton's most overused phrase, quoted to Vanity Fair, November 2012

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