Dolly Parton is not only an accomplished country singer but also well known for many other good reasons.
However, not many people are aware of the tragedies she has faced behind the limelight.
Dolly Parton is a sweetheart and adored by American fans.
Well I’m sure we can all agree with that point.
Dolly is certainly a powerful woman.
Dolly was born in Locust Ridge, she was the fourth born child in a family of twelve.
Her story is one from”rags-to-rhinestones”.
Many of her family members helped shape her music career especially her Uncle Bill Owens who got her into the music industry.
Dolly’s talent was noticed.
Once she made her appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show, she began her rise to fame.
Two of her popular songs “Jolene” and “Love Is Like A Butterfly,” were a huge hit.
In 1975 and ’76, she was given Female Country Singer Of The Year by the Country Music Association.
Dolly attempted to break into the pop market with “Here You Come Again” which worked.
That song grabbed her a Grammy Award along with a few more of the years.
The song that shot her to stardom was the ever popular “9 to 5” which is still a big hit.
Dolly was recognized globally for her distinct smile and glamorous style.
Not only was she a singer but she also dipped into the film industry to try her hand at acting.
During the ’80s, Dolly appeared in Nine to Five, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias.
This woman was certainly an icon.
She has constantly proved herself throughout her music and acting career. Here are some of her most iconic moments.
10. In 2017 She Cracked A Joke At The Emmys.
Dolly reunited with her 9-5 co-stars, where she joked about a vibrator.
Dolly congratulate Grace and Frankie for their nomination, then said this:
“I just hope I’m going to get one of those Grace and Frankie vibrators in my swag bag tonight.” And everyone had the same shocked but amused look on their face.
9. BLM View.
Dolly Parton took hers thoughts on black lives matter to a different level.
Her views offended some people which resulted in a Dolly boycott.
Here is what she said when asked for her opinion on the social movement: “Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!”
Half of her fans were very annoyed…
8. Dolly highlighted the sexism she endured when first starting her music career.
Dolly’s appearance attracted a lot of negative attention.
As her confidence grew she called people out.
Dolly was defined by her makeup and cosmetic surgeries, saying this: “I’d like to think I have a brain beneath this wig and a heart beneath the boobs.”
This particular interview stood out:
The singer expressed her true thoughts on the matter saying “don’t let these false eyelashes lead you to believe that I’m as phony as I look – Because I run true and deep.”
7. Fans who dress up as her.
Dolly loved to see fans dressing up as her.
This is what she said:
“When I do ‘Jolene’ and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing ‘Drag Queen, Drag Queen, please don’t take my man!’ I have a huge gay following and I’m proud of them. Sometimes, some of them look more like me than I do.”
6. Losing An Oscar to Three 6 Mafia.
Dolly was sure she would claim Oscar for Best Original Song in 2006 but it surprised her when it went to Three 6 Mafia.
5. Reading Program.
Parton is involved in numerous charities to aid children and their own educational ventures.
In 1990 The Imagination Library Began.
Providing newborn to five year old children with free books, so far she has sent over 141 million books to children around the world.
4. Dolly’s Humor.
Her humor is one of her best traits.
During the set of 9 to 5, she asked Jane Fonda, “Do you know what’s green and smells like Miss Piggy?”
3. $1 million donated to fund coronavirus research.
Dolly donated one million dollars to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help with scientific research into the virus during the pandemic.
2. Exposing her husband.
While being interviewed for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dolly said her husband had a crush on Jennifer Aniston and he was excited about Dolly working with her.
Love or Crush…
Dolly says he “fantasizes about having a threesome with us,” shocking Jimmy.
She also adds:
“He can’t even get it out to pee, much less get it up for three.” Which sent Kimmel into hysterics laughing.
1. Elvis Presley Was Refused Rights To Half Her Song.
Elvis wanted to record “I Will Always Love You” and requested half the publishing rights.
Dolly wanted to her family to have full rights.
Whitney Houston went on to record the award-winning track.
Dolly Parton you will always be treasured.