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Country music queen Dolly Parton is a cultural icon whose voluptuous figure and powerful voice made her popular on both stage and screen.
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Dolly Parton and producer Chet Atkins laughed for many years about the first time she visited the RCA studio.
Dolly Parton is a beloved country singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Tennessee, whose larger-than-life personality and reputation attracts thousands of visitors to her theme park, Dollywood, every year.
In 1962, County Music legend Patsy Cline recorded Willie Nelson's song, "Crazy," a song he'd written while driving.
Even though she initially turned down the role, Kevin Costner eventually secured Whitney Houston as his costar in "The Bodyguard." Whitney's accompanying soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.
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Parton explored the music of her Appalachian roots with The Grass Is Blue (1999) with a little help from such talents as Alison Krauss and Patty Loveless. The record won a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 1999. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the following year.
In 2006, Dolly Parton received special recognition for her lifetime contributions to the arts. She was one of five artists feted at the annual Kennedy Center Honors. This achievement is just the latest award for this remarkable performer who has forged her own place in country music history. She also picked up a second Academy Award nomination for the song "Travelin' Thru," which appeared on the soundtrack for Transamerica.
Continuing to write and record, Parton released Backwoods Barbie (2008). The album featured two country hits "Better Get To Livin'" and "Jesus & Gravity." Parton got into public feud with satellite radio shock jock Howard Stern around this time. She was upset after he aired a segment in which previous spoken recordings were manipulated to make it sound like she made some obscene statements.
After writing so many of her own hits, Parton had penned the songs for a new musical based on her earlier hit workplace comedy, 9 to 5. The show debuted in the fall of 2008 in Los Angeles before its brief Broadway run.
Parton may be in her sixties now, but she shows no signs of wanting to slow down. She released Better Day in 2011, which fared well on the country album charts. The following year, Parton published her latest book Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You. She is also the author of several other works, including Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business (1995).
Parton has been married to Carl Dean since 1966. The couple met at a laundromat two years earlier.
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