Dolly Parton is a well-known American multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress who has touched the world with most of her stunning songs like the famous “Coat of Many Colors”.
The beloved cultural icon, whose powerful voice and personality have captured the hearts of the country and pop music fans for decades, is also successful as a businesswoman and has not failed to use her wealth to influence life.
Dolly Parton’s Biography/Wiki
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, to a family of 12 children of tobacco farmer Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens) and grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Already at the age of 12, Dolly appeared on Knoxville television and at the same time recorded on a small label and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. However, her first contact with music came from family members, including her mother, who sang and played guitar.
At a young age, she also learned about music through church performances and received her first guitar from a relative, which helped her write her own tunes. Her early songs: “Coat of Many Colors” (published in October 1971) and “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)” speak volumes about the extent of poverty in her family and how they struggled through life.
After graduating from high school in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1964, she moved to Nashville to begin her career as a country singer. There she signed with Combine Publishing, where she wrote several charts, including two top 10 hits: Bill Phillips’ 1966 record “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and Skeeter Davis’ 1967 hit “Fuel to the Flame”.
At that time Dolly also worked with Porter Wagoner on the Porter Wagoner Show, where she was offered a regular spot on the weekly television program. She stayed with the show for seven years. From there she created a spot for herself in the music world.
Dolly Parton’s Net Worth
Dolly Parton has released 41 top 10 country albums and 25 number one singles. Some of her top 20 singles were “The Right Combination” and “Burning the Midnight Oil” (both duet with Wagoner, 1971); “Lost Forever In Your Kiss” (with Wagoner), “Touch Your Woman” (1972), “My Tennessee Mountain Home” and “Travelin’ Man” (1973).
In addition to her income as a singer, successful films that earned her a lot of money include “9 to 5” – $103.3 million, “Steel Magnolias” – $83.8 million, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” – $69.7 million, “Rhinestone” – $21.4 million and “Straight Talk” – $21.2 million.
Today the 71-year-old singer can look back on over 6 decades of success not only as a musician but also as an actress in film and television. However, she has made much of her wealth from her singing career. According to Forbes, Dolly now has a net worth of 500 million dollars – making her one of the richest singers of all time.
She has also received several honors and awards for her music and is also active in many charities, but as a philanthropist, Dolly, like many other superstars of her kind, has continued to give something back to society. In 1995, she founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which sends out monthly books to preschoolers. To date, the program has donated more than 80,000 books to children in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She has also created the My People Fund, which gives $1,000 a month for six months to those whose homes have been destroyed by fire.
In 1966, Dolly married Carl Dean, who runs an asphalt paving company in Nashville. Both celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2016. Parton and Dean have raised several younger siblings of Parton, although they have no children of their own. Parton’s brother Randy and his sister Cassie, along with their nieces, star in the regular Dollywood show “My People”. Their sisters Stella Parton and Freida Parton and Rachel Dennison also have a singing career.
Dolly Parton’s Body Shape Tattoos & Plastic Surgery
The five-foot-tall, sunglasses-shaped singer weighs 48 kg, which corresponds to a waist size of 64 cm and a hip size of about 97 cm. An interesting fact about Dolly’s body, however, is that she has beautiful, albeit secret, tattoos that extend from her chest to her arms. This is the main reason why she is never sleeveless.
Dolly confirmed this in an interview with “Savannah Guthrie of today”: “I have a few small tattoos, but most of them were done to cover scars because I am so fair,” Dolly said. Apparently, the tattoos were meant to cover the scars from her various breast enlargement surgeries. Though she couldn’t say much about it, Parton said her tattoos in all pastel colors were mainly for her husband.
At the premiere of the movie “Joyful Noise” in 2012, a flower tattoo was discovered on the red carpet between her enormous cleavage. The beautifully inked butterfly resembles the one that was spotted on one of her arms at the 25th-anniversary party in 2006. Parton has always denied this and said that the butterfly pictures were edited with Photoshop. Dolly hinted shyly: “Maybe. But I won’t show them until they catch me doing it.”
Again, Dolly had some plastic surgery done, there’s no denying that. Her dramatic cheekbones, sparkling eyes, and hair could not, considering her age, remain as they were at her young age. At one time, the star had admitted that he had had numerous plastic surgery procedures such as breast implants, a brow lift, a facelift, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, and also a rhinoplasty (a nose correction). Despite her physical changes, Dolly remains beautiful at heart by nature, as she continues to touch lives with her music and philanthropy.