She may be advanced in age, but Dolly Parton’s young happy soul is still what she was in the 1960s and 1970s. When she took the step into show business in 1956, Parton had high hopes and a strong drive for her career. But even she wouldn’t have believed how far her voice, talent, and intellect had taken her. Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, at the Pittman Center, Sevier County, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton and her siblings were raised by her farmer father, Robert Lee Parton Sr., and her matron, Avie Lee Caroline.
Although she began her music career at the age of ten, her mainstream career began nine years later when she joined Combine Publishing as a songwriter. Together with her uncle Bill Owens, Parton wrote several hit singles, including Put It Off Until Tomorrow (1966) and Fuel to the Flame (1967). She was signed to Monument Records in quick succession until 1965. In the following years, Dolly released over 63 albums and starred in over 84 movies and television shows. She has also received no fewer than sixteen awards, including her most recent, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame (2019). She says her showbiz career of over six decades would have been doomed to failure without the support of her family. Let’s see who they are.
Meet The Family Members of Dolly Parton
As mentioned earlier, Dolly Parton grew up in a family of twelve children, and not everything was rosy when she was growing up. For one thing, her father’s income from farming could hardly contribute to the family’s upkeep, so he had to do some construction work to increase the meager income from farming. Parton also remembers the story of how her father paid the doctor who supervised her birth with a sack of cornmeal. Her earliest songs such as “Coat of Many Colors” and “In the Good Old Days” (When Times Were Bad) tell of the poor conditions of her large family, who lived in a rural one-bedroom hut at the Pitman Center.
Along with her husband and country singer Porter Wagoner, Robert Lee Parton Sr. remains the most influential man in her life. Although he was not wealthy, Parton built a friendship band with his children, as many as they are, and Dolly never forgets that. Her mother became the inspiration for her hit Single Coat of Many Colors. Being a housewife, she spent a lot of time with her children. Although the family had twelve children, two of her siblings (Larry and Floyd) are no longer alive. Larry died only four days after his birth in 1955, while Floyd died in 2018.
Her other siblings include Willadeene, Coy Denver, David Wilburn, Dolly Rebecca, Robert “Bobby” Lee, Cassie Nan, Randel Huston “Randy”, Stella Mae, and her twin siblings Rachel Ann and Freida Estelle.
Stella is also a country singer whose career spans four decades. Most of her hit songs were sung in the 1970s and have earned her a considerable fan base in the country music culture.
Randy also discovered the musical whistle early on. He is a performer and singer. But he is best known for the debacle that occurred between him and the Roanoke Rapids Theatre in North Carolina. Before the incident, it was called the Randy Parton Theatre. According to some sources, Randy had signed a $1 million agreement for the performance and management of the theater, but the contract proved a resounding failure.
Willadeene went the way of the books. She wrote the best-selling play Smoky Mountain Memories: Tales from the Hearts of the Parton Family. The book records memories of what it felt like to be a child in the Parton household. Willadeene has also written another book, a cookbook called All-Day Singing & Dinner on the Ground.
Robert Lee, David Wilburn, and Coy Denver Parton
As far as we know, these brothers remained largely among themselves. They lead normal lives and stayed out of show business altogether. In photographs, at best, they appear next to their sister Dolly. Their efforts to dig into their history and their lives did not yield much.
Although now deceased, Floyd Parton was a great songwriter. He wrote several songs for Dolly, including Nickles and Dimes, Waltz Me to Heaven, and Rockin’ Years. Floyd Parton died of natural causes in 2018.
Cassie is an artist and singer with a golden voice. Although she is as talented as her sister Dolly, Cassie has managed to keep a low profile. Nevertheless, she has been seen at the side of Dolly, Rachel, and Randy.
Freida Estelle Parton
Freida, one of the twins, was an ordained clergywoman and began as a singer supporting her sister Dolly. In the 80s she was also a good punk rock singer. But those days are far behind her. Today she runs a wedding chapel where she arranges weddings.
This is the last of the Parton children. She is perhaps best known for her leading role in the situation comedy Nine to Five. Rachel also performed at concerts alongside her siblings. Today she is married and bears the name Rachel Dennison. According to sources she has now retired from acting and singing. Dolly Parton still maintains a close relationship with her siblings.
Who Is Her Husband and Do They Have Kids?
Dolly Parton has been married to Carl Thomas Dean since 30 May 1966. They met in 1964 when Carl was 21 and Parton was only 18 years old. That was shortly after Dolly graduated from high school. She had just moved to Nashville to pursue her music career. They loved each other at first sight because they started dating almost immediately. Two years later they exchanged their marriage vows in a discreet ceremony. Dolly remembers that her mother made her a white dress and a small bouquet of flowers and gave her a portable Bible.
Although the nature of their careers brought their union into severe turmoil, they have nevertheless remained together. Their marriage has lasted for over 50 years and there is no sign of failure. If anything, Carl and Dolly have renewed their vows in 2016, on their 50th wedding anniversary.
So far, the couple has no children. In an interview, Parton said that she sees her childlessness as the will of God, so she would not think too much about it. The singer has opened her arms to children through her humanitarian work. Parton’s literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, sends a book to every registered child every month from birth to kindergarten. The program now provides books to nearly 900,000 children in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.
What We Know About Dolly Parton’s Body Transformation
At first sight, it is hard to believe that Dolly is already almost eighty years old. Thanks to several plastic surgeries, which she doesn’t perform underhand, the singer has also kept a beautiful shape and face, not to mention her signature hairstyle.
It is nothing new, Dolly Parton has had several cosmetic operations; from a facelift, a brow lift, eyelid surgery, breast implants, a nose plastic surgery to a chin enlargement. All these procedures were not performed together, but at certain milestones in their aging process.
As it looks, there may not be an end in sight to these procedures. Parton was interviewed about another plastic surgery. She boldly said that if she sees something hanging, bagging, or grinding, she will have it pinched, pinched, or sucked.
Although surgery has undoubtedly helped, it is only reasonable to admit that there is only so much that surgery can do. Thanks to her great genes, the country music queen also has a natural component of her everlasting beauty.