Dolly Parton

Country Singer

Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States on January 19th, 1946 and is the Country Singer. At the age of 78, Dolly Parton biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, songs, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
The Queen of Nashville, The Queen of Country, The Iron Butterfly, The Book Lady, The Backwoods Barbie, Leading Lady of Country, etc.
Date of Birth
January 19, 1946
United States
Place of Birth
Sevier County, Tennessee, United States
78 years old
Zodiac Sign
$500 Million
Actor, Autobiographer, Banjoist, Businessperson, Composer, Country Musician, Film Actor, Film Producer, Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer, Recording Artist, Screenwriter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Television Actor, Voice Actor
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Dolly Parton Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 78 years old, Dolly Parton has this physical status:

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Dolly Parton Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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Scott County Central High School in Sikeston, Missouri
Dolly Parton Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Carl Thomas Dean
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Dating / Affair
Carl Thomas Dean
Robert Lee Parton, Avie Lee Owens
She has 11 siblings.
Other Family
Miley Cyrus (Godchild) (Actress and Musician), William Walter Parton (Paternal Grandfather), Bessie Elizabeth Rayfield (Paternal Grandmother), The Rev. Jacob Robert Owens (Maternal Grandfather), Rene Kansas Valentine (Maternal Grandmother)
Dolly Parton Career

Early life and career

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in 1946 in a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee. She is the fourth of twelve children born to Avie Lee Caroline (née Owens, 1923–2003) and Robert Lee Parton Sr. (1921–2000). Parton has three deceased siblings as of 2021. Parton's middle name derives from her maternal grandmother, Rebecca (Dunn) Whitted. Parton's father, Lee, worked in East Tennessee's mountains as a sharecropper and later tending his own small tobacco farm and acreage. To supplement the farm's modest income, he also worked in construction. Despite her father's illiteracy, Parton has often stated that he was one of the most knowledgeable people she had ever heard about company and making a thriving business.

Avie Lee, the mother of Parton, cared for their large family. Her 11 pregnancies (the tenth being twins) in 20 years made her a mother of 12 by the age of 35. Parton attributes her musical skills to her mother; although she was in poor health, she continued to keep house and entertain her children with Smoky Mountain folklore and ancient ballads. Avie Lee's family immigrated from Wales, and they performed the old songs of the immigrants who had arrived in southern Appalachia more than a century ago. Avie Lee's father, Jake Owens, was a Pentecostal preacher, and Parton and her siblings attended church every Sunday. Parton has long lauded her father for her business acumacy and her mother's family for her musical talent. When Parton was a little girl, her family moved from the Pittman Center area to a farm on nearby Locust Ridge. The bulk of her cherished childhood memories of youth occurred there. A recreation of the Locust Ridge cabin can be seen at Parton's namesake theme park Dollywood today. In the 1970s, the farm acreage and the woodland inspired her to write "My Tennessee Mountain Home." Parton bought the farm in the late 1980s, years after it was sold. Bobby helped with building repairs and new construction.

Parton has referred to her family as "dirt poor." Dr. Robert F. Thomas, Parton's father, was awarded a sack of cornmeal for delivering her. When she was growing up, Parton would write a poem about Dr. Thomas. In her early songs "Coat of Many Colors" and "In the Good Old Days (When Times Are Bad), she also outlined her family's poverty. Parton and her family lived in their tiny subsistence farm on Locust Ridge for six or seven years. This was primarily a Pentecostal area north of the Great Smoky Mountains' Greenbrier Valley. In her youth, music played a significant role. She was born in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), where her grandfather, Jake Robert Owens, preached. Her first public performances were in the church, beginning at age six. She began playing a homemade guitar at seven years old. Her uncle bought her first real guitar when she was eight years old.

Parton began performing as an infant, appearing on local radio and television shows in the East Tennessee area. She was on Both WIVK Radio and WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, by ten, Tennessee. She was a 13-year-old girl (the single "Puppy Love") on a small Louisiana label, Goldband Records, and she performed at the Grand Ole Opry, where she first met Johnny Cash, who encouraged her to follow her own instincts regarding her future.

Parton moved to Nashville the next day after graduating from Sevier County High School in 1964. She started as a writer and published two charting singles during this period, including two Top Ten hits: Bill Phillips' "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" (1966) and Skeel to the Flame (1967). During this period, Kitty Wells and Hank Williams Jr. performed; she first appeared on Monument Records in 1965, aged 19; she was marketed as a bubblegum pop artist. She released a number of singles, but "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby," the only one that charted, did not make it to the Billboard Hot 100. Although she expressed a desire to capture country music, Monument resisted, believing that her distinctive, high soprano voice was not appropriate for the role.

Bill Phillips' composition "Put It Off Until Tomorrow," which was uncredited on harmony), returned to number six on the country chart in 1966 and permitted her to represent the country. "Dumb Blonde," Curly Putman's first country single during this period, became number 24 on the country charts in 1967, followed by "Something Fishy," which climbed to number 17 on the country charts. Hello, I'm Dolly, Dolly's debut on her first full-length album.

Music career

Porter Wagoner, a country music entertainer, invited Parton to join his company, giving her a regular appearance on his weekly syndicated television show The Porter Wagoner Show and on his road show. Parton's audience was initially dissatisfied that Norma Jean, the performer whom Parton had replaced, had left the show and was reluctant to accept Parton (sometimes yelling vociferously for Norma Jean from the audience), as outlined in her 1994 autobiography. Parton was eventually accepted with Wagoner's help. Wagoner persuaded his label, RCA Victor, to sign her. RCA decided to shield their investment by announcing her first single as a duet with Wagoner. The song, which was a remake of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind," debuted in late 1967, establishing a six-year streak for the pair.

"Just Because I'm a Woman," Parton's first solo single for RCA Victor, was released in the summer of 1968 and was a modest chart hit, peaking at number 17. None of her solo ventures – even "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) – were as successful as her duets with Wagoner for the next two years. The Country Music Association named the pair Vocal Group of the Year in 1968, but Parton's solo debuts were persistently ignored. Wagoner had a significant investment in her future; as of 1969, he was her co-producer and owned almost half of Owe-Par, the publishing company Parton had formed with Bill Owens; in 1969, he was her co-producer and owned nearly half of Owe-Par.

Both Parton and Wagoner were dissatisfied with her lack of solo chart success by 1970. Parton was reluctant to film Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues," a gimmick that worked. The chart soared to number three, followed closely in February 1971 by her first number-one hit, "Joshua." In comparison to her duets, she had many solo hits over the next two years, including her hit song "Coat of Many Colors." "The Right Match" and "Burning the Midnight Oil" were two top 20 singles (both duets with Wagoner); "Touch Your Woman" (1972), "My Tennessee Mountain Home" and "Travelin' Man" (1973).

Although her solo debuts and the Wagoner duets were fruitful, "Jolene" was her biggest hit of the year, and she continued her solo debuts. It first appeared on the country chart in February 1974 and then soared to the top of the Hot 100 in the United Kingdom, reaching number seven in 1976, representing Parton's first U.K. triumph). Parton, who had always dreamed of a solo career, made the decision to leave Wagoner's company in April 1974; the two performed their last duet concert in April 1974, but they remained close to his television show in mid-1974. He was instrumental in the production of her music from 1975 to 1975. The pair continued to release duet albums, the last of which being 1975's Say Forever You'll Be Mine.

"I Will Always Love You," her song about her work with Wagoner, debuted on the country charts in 1974, landed at number one. Elvis Presley, who appeared around the same time, said he wanted to record the song. Parton was concerned until Presley's boss, Colonel Tom Parker, told her that it had been common practice for the songwriter to buy over half of the Presley's publishing rights. Parton declined. That decision has been credited with helping her many millions of dollars in royalties from the song over the years. In 1974, three solo singles, "I Will Always Love You" and "Love Is Like a Butterfly," were among the country's top hits, as well as Porter Wagoner's duet "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" and "Please Don't Stop Loving Me." Parton talked to Johnson "Buddy" that she had written "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" in a 2019 episode of the Sky Arts music collection Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road. Parton's "The Bargain Store" dominated the singles chart in 1975.

Parton had a string of country hits between 1974 and 1980, with eight singles debuting at number one. Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt were among the many celebrities and crossover artists whose songs were covered by her, including mainstream and crossover artists Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.

Parton began a high-profile crossover campaign, aiming to position her music in a more mainstream direction and boost her exposure outside of country music's confines. She began working closely with Sandy Gallin, who served as her personal manager for the next 25 years in 1976. Parton's 1976 album All I Can Do, which she co-produced with Porter Wagoner, began playing a larger part in design and began focusing more on her music in a more mainstream, pop style. New Harvest...First Gathering (1977), her first entirely self-produced effort, showcased her pop sensibilities, both in terms of song selection – "My Girl" and "Higher and Higher" – and production. Despite the fact that the album was well-reced and topped the US country albums chart, neither it nor its single "Light of a Clear Morning" made much of a splash on the pop charts.

Parton turned to high-profile pop singer Gary Klein for her next album after New Harvest's disappointing crossover appearance. The result, 1977's Here You Come Again, became her first million-seller, debuting at number one on the country album chart and debuting at number 20 on the pop charts. Parton's first Top ten single on the pop chart was the Barry Mann-Penned title track, which also topped the country singles chart and became Parton's first Top 10 single on the pop chart (no. com). (Today, there are three children under the age of 3). The double-sided "Two Doors Down"/"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" topped the country chart and climbed to the pop Top 20 for its second single. Many of her subsequent singles appeared on both charts simultaneously in the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, her albums were designed specifically for pop-crossover success.

Parton received the Best Female Vocal Performance Award for her 1978 release, "Here Come Again." "Heartbreaker" (1978), "Baby I'm Burning" (1979), and "You're the Only One" (1979), all of which appeared in the pop Top 40 and topped the country charts, continued to have hits. "Sweet Summer Lovin'" (1979) became the first Parton single to not top the country chart in two years (though it did rank in the top ten). With multiple television appearances, her fame soared during this period. In 1977, Barbara Walters Special (timed to coincide with Here You Come Again's debut) was followed by an ABC television special as well as her own joint special with Carol Burnett on CBS, Dolly & Carol in Nashville.

On the CBS special Fifty Years of Country Music, Parton appeared as one of three co-hosts (along with Roy Clark and Glen Campbell). Parton's 1979 appearance on NBC's The Seventies: An Explosion of Country Music, performed live at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C., and included President Jimmy Carter. Her commercial success increased in 1980, with three consecutive country chart top-one hits: Donna Summer's "Starting Over Again," "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You," and "9 to 5", which all topped the country and pop charts in early 1981. "Making Plans," a single released from a 1980 album with Porter Wagoner, was released as part of a litigation settlement between the two artists, she had another Top ten single of the year.

The theme song to the 1980 film 9 to 5, in which she appeared alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, not only made it to number one on the pop and adult charts, but it took first position on the pop and adult-contemporary charts, but it did not debut in the country chart in February 1981, giving her a triple number one hit. Parton was one of the few female country singers to have a number one single on the country and pop charts simultaneously. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her singles remained consistent in the top ten charts for the most part. She had twelve Top ten hits between 1981 and 1985; half of them reached number one. She continued to make inroads on the pop charts, as well. "I Will Always Love You," a re-recorded version of "I Will Always Love You" from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), fell outside the Top 50 for the first year and her duet with Kenny Rogers, "Islands in the Stream," was written by the Bee Gees and directed by Barry Gibb, spent two weeks at number one in 1983.

"Save the Last Dance for Me" (1984), "Tennessee Homesick Blues" (1985), "Reality Love" (1984), "Mock About Love"), and "Think About Love" (another duet with Kenny Rogers) all made the country top ten ("Reality Love") and "Think About Love" (1986), her first two hits (including "Real Love" (another duet with Kenny Rogers) and "Think About Love" ("Real However, RCA Records did not renew her deal after it came out in 1986, when she signed with Columbia Records in 1987.

Trio (1987) was released to critical acclaim, along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Parton's music career was revived by the album, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart for five weeks, and also made it to the top ten on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. It has sold several million copies and four Top ten country hits, including Phil Spector's "To Know Him Is to Love Him" which debuted at number one, as well as Phil Spector's "To Know Him Is to Love Him." Trio received the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It was a commercial letdown after another attempt at pop with Rainbow (1987), which included the single "The River Unbroken," causing Parton to refocus on recording country content. In "Why Come in Here Lookin' Like That" and "Yellow Roses," White Limozeen (1989) had two number one hits. Although Parton's career seemed to be revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country music emerged in the early 1990s and dropped most veteran artists off the charts.

"Rockin' Years" (1991) a duet, but Parton's best commercial success of the decade came when Whitney Houston sang "I Will Always Love You" on the soundtrack of the 1994 film The Bodyguard (1992). Both the single and the album were hugely popular. Parton's soundtrack album, Straight Talk, from 1992, was less popular. But her 1993 album Slow Dancing with the Moon received critical acclaim and debuted on the charts, debuting at number four on the country charts chart and number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart. As a duet with James Ingram on Beethoven's 2nd (1993), she sang "The Day I Fall in Love" as a duet. Ingram, Carole Bayer Sager, and Clif Magness were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Parton and Ingram performed the song at the awards telecast. Parton released Honky Tonk Angels in the fall of 1993, with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, similar to her earlier collaborative album with Harris and Ronstadt. The Recording Industry Association of America's Gold Album was rated as a gold album, and it helped both Wynette and Lynn's careers. Parton contributed the song "You Gotta Be My Baby" to the Red Hot Organization's AIDS relief album Red Hot + Country in 1994. Heartsongs: Live from Home, a live acoustic album that featured stripped-down versions of several of her hits as well as some traditional songs, was released in late 1994.

Parton's recorded music from the mid-to-late 1990s was largely consistent and somewhat eclectic. "I Will Always Love You" (performed as a duet with Vince Gill) from her album Something Special received the Country Music Association's Vocal Event of the Year Award in 1995. Treasures, an album of 1960s-70s hits, was published in the following year, and it featured a diverse range of songs, including songs by Mac Davis, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, and Neil Young. Stevens' "Peace Train" was later remixed and released as a dance single, achieving Billboard's dance singles chart. Hungry Again, her 1998 country-rock album, was made entirely of her own ideas. Despite the fact that neither of the album's two singles, "Why Don't More Women Sing) Honky Tonk Songs" and "Salt in My Tears," charted, received a lot of airplay on CMT, both songs. In early 1999, Harris and Ronstadt, Trio II, a second and more modern collaboration, was announced. Its cover of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" received a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Parton released a series of bluegrass-inspired albums, beginning with The Grass Is Blue (1999) winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album; and Little Sparrow (2001), which received the cover of Collective Soul's "Shine" for Best Female Vocal Performance, winning a Grammy Award. Halos & Horns (2002) produced a bluegrass interpretation of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Those Were the Days, a collection of her interpretations of hits from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including "Imagine" and "Where Do the Children Play" were among her bestsellers during the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Crimson and Clover," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

Parton received her second Academy Award nomination for her song "Travelin' Thru," which she wrote specifically for the film Transamerica. Parton received death threats as a result of the song's (and film's) acceptance of a transgender woman. She returned to the top of the country chart later this year by lending her distinctive harmonies to the Brad Paisley ballad, "When I Get Where I'm Going." Parton's first single from her own record company, Dolly Records, titled "Better Get to Livin," debuted on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in September 2007. It was followed by the studio album Backwoods Barbie, which was released on February 26, 2008, and ranked second on the country chart. The album's debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart was the highest in her career. Barbie's Backwoods Barbie released four more singles, including the title track, as part of her 9 to 5: The Musical, a tribute to her feminist film. Parton was aware of Michael Jackson's death, and she released a video in which she openly shared her displeasure with him and his death.

Parton released Dolly, a four-CD box set that included 99 songs and spanned the majority of her career, on October 27, 2009. In October 2009, she launched Live From London, her second live DVD and album, which was shot during her sold-out 2008 shows at London's The O2 Arena. Brother Clyde, a longtime friend of Billy Ray Cyrus, Parton, was released on August 10, 2010. Parton appears on "The Right Time," a co-wrote with Cyrus and Morris Joseph Tancredi. Parton revealed on January 6, 2011 that her latest album, Better Day, will be released. She revealed in February 2011 that she would embark on the Better Day World Tour on July 17, 2011, with shows in northern Europe and the United States. "Together You and I," the album's lead-off single, was released on May 23, 2011, and Better Day was announced on June 28, 2011. Parton created Dolly Gnome in the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet in 2011. Parton said on February 11, 2012, after Whitney Houston's sudden death, "Mine is just one of the millions of hearts broken over Whitney Houston's death. I'll always be grateful and in awe of my artist's performance on my album, and I can truly say, 'Whitney,' I will always love you.' You will be disappointed.'

Parton appeared on "I Will Always Love You" for Roman's album, At Last, in 2013. Parton and Kenny Rogers reunited in 2013 for his album You Can't Make Old Friends. They were rewarded with the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Award at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Parton embarked on the Blue Smoke World Tour in 2014 in support of her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke. The album was first released in Australia and New Zealand on January 31 to coincide with tour dates in February, and it also landed in the top ten in both countries. It was released in the United States on May 13 and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, making it her first Top 10 debut and her highest-charting solo album ever; it also debuted on the top ten charts in the United States; it debuted at number six on the US country charts, debuting at number six. On June 9, the album was released in Europe and ranked second on the UK album chart. Parton performed "Jolene," "9 to 5" and "Coat of Many Colors" at the UK Glastonbury Festival for the first time on June 29, 2014. Parton revealed on March 6, 2016, that she would be going on tour in support of her new album, Pure & Simple. The tour was one of Parton's best tours in more than 25 years. Sixty-four dates were scheduled in the United States and Canada, with the majority of requested markets on previous tours missing.

In the fall of 2016, she released "Jolene" as a single with Pentatonix and Miley Cyrus, and appeared on The Voice with Pentatonix and Miley Cyrus. Parton appeared on "Forever Country," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "On the Road Again," and her own "I Will Always Love You." The song is commemorated at the CMA Awards' fifty years. Parton was honoured with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Lily Tomlin and preceded by a tribute featuring Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride. Parton appeared on Rainbow, Kesha's third studio album, "You Shouldn't Hold a Candle to You." Pebe Sebert, Kesha's mother, had co-written the book. It was once a hit for Parton and was included on her 1980 album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. She co-wrote and performed on the song "Rainbowland," her mother's sixth album by Miley Cyrus, and also on Younger Now, the sixth album by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.

Parton was listed in the New York Times Magazine as one of the hundreds of artists whose work was destroyed in the 2008 Universal Fire on June 25, 2019. Parton performed several songs with the Highwomen and Linda Perry as part of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 2019. Parton gained worldwide notice in 2020 after posting four pictures in which she shared how she would look on social media sites, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. On social media, celebrities shared their own interpretations of the so-called Dolly Parton challenge. Parton re-released 93 songs from six of her classic albums on April 10, 2020. Little Sparrow, Halos & Horns, For God and Country, Better Days, Those Were The Days, and Live and Well are among the many online listening options available. Parton's new song, "When Life Is Good Again," was released on May 27, 2020. This album was released in order to keep the spirits up of those who have been affected by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Parton also released a music video for "When Life Is Good Again," which premiered on Time 100 talks on May 28, 2020.

Parton revealed plans to debut A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years, in August 2020. Parton performed songs from her album on December 6, CBS aired "A Holly Dolly Christmas" on Christmas Eve.

Acting career

Parton has appeared on televisions in the 1960s and 1970s, her two self-titled television variety shows in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as other celebrity appearances. In 1979, she was named "Outstanding Support Actress in a Variety Program" for her guest appearance in a Cher special. Parton wanted to broaden her fan base during the 1970s. Despite being her first attempt, Dolly's television variety show Dolly! (1976–77), had high ratings, but it only lasted one season, with Parton requesting to be released from her service due to the strain it put on her vocal cords. (I later tried a second television variety show, titled Dolly (1987–88), but it only lasted one season.)

Parton played a secretary in her first film role with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the comedy film 9 to 5 (1980). The film explores discrimination against women in the workplace and raises the National Association of Working Women (9–5). She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – and a Golden Globe Award for New Actress of the Year – Actress. Parton wrote and performed the film's title tune. It has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The album was released as a single and received both the Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance and the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It also didn't reach zero. It was no. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, and it wasn't even close to it. The American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Songs" list, 78, was released by the American Film Institute in 2004. The 9 to 5 franchise was a big box office hit, grossing over $3.9 million in the first weekend and over $100 million worldwide. Parton was voted Top Female Box Office Star by the Motion Picture Herald in 1981 and 1982, owing to the film's popularity.

Parton began filming her second film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), in late 1981. She has been nominated for her second time for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards. Positive critical feedback greeted the film, which then became a commercial hit, grossing more than $69 million around the world. Parton was partnered with Sylvester Stallone for Rhinestone (1984), ending a two-year absence from filming. The film, which was a critical and financial loss, was a comedic film about a country music star's attempts to convert an unknown into a music sensation, grossing just over $21 million on a $28 million budget.

Parton appeared in Steel Magnolias (1989), based on Robert Harling's play of the same name. Following a deadly car accident, she appeared in the television films A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986); Wild Texas Wind (1991); and The Blessed Eagle (1999), where her character lives through her music. Parton appeared alongside James Woods in Straight Talk (1992), which received mixed praise, and grossed a modest $21 million at the box office.

Dolly's 1987 variety show in Parton lasted just one season. She made a cameo appearance in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), an extension of the long-running television sitcom of the same name (1962–71). Parton has produced voice work for animation, appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the actress Katrina Eloise "Murph" Murphy (Ms. Frizzle's first cousin) in The Magic School Bus (episode "The Family Holiday Special," 1994). She has appeared in many sitcoms, including one on "The First Day of the Entire Twentieth Century") as herself, the guardian movie star of Charlene's baby. "Reba's Real Estate Rules of Real Estate" portrays a real estate agent and the Simpsons in a guest appearance on Reba (episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday, 1999). On the Halloween episode of Bette Midler's short-lived sitcom Bette, she appeared as herself in 2000 and on episode 14 of Babes (produced by Sandollar Productions, Parton, and Sandy Gallin's joint production company). Hannah Montana (episodes "Good Golly, Miss Dolly"), visiting Hannah and her family in 2006, "I Will Always Loathe You," 2007), and "Kiss It All Goodbye" (2010). In a Comedy Series, she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress.

Parton appeared as an overprotective mother in Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) She made a cameo appearance in Sandra Bullock's comedy Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. She appeared in The Book Lady (2008), a documentary about her fight for children's literacy, which was published in The Book Lady (2008). Parton was expected to reprise her television appearance as Hannah's godmother in the film Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009), but the woman was omitted from the film. She appeared in Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), a computer-animated film with garden gnomes about William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Coat of Many Colors, a made-for-TV film based on Parton's song of the same name and starring narration by Parton, aired on NBC in December 2015, with child actress Alyn Lind portraying the teenage Parton. In addition, Parton appeared in the sequel, which aired in November 2016. She co-starred in the musical film Joyful Noise (2012), playing a choir director's widow who joins forces with Latifah's to save a small Georgia town's gospel choir.

Parton unveiled an eight-part Netflix series focusing on her music career in June 2018. She is the company's executive producer and co-star. In November 2019, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings began.

Parton is the subject of the NPR podcast Dolly Parton's America. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad, who also hosts Radiolab.

The biographical documentary Here I Am was added to Netflix's catalog in December 2019. Parton's 1971 film, "a co-production of Netflix and the BBC," takes its name from Parton's 1971 song.

Parton produced and appeared in Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square, a Netflix documentary film that earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Film in November 2019.

Parton was confirmed to be appearing in the final season of Grace and Frankie in a guest-starring role, reuniting with her 9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in November 2021.

Parton appeared on sci-fi show The Orville in July 2022.


Dolly Parton, the queen of the United Kingdom, lavishly praises Beyoncé for leading the chart with Texas Hold'Em and states she can't wait's for the complete album, February 23, 2024
On Thursday, Dolly Parton formally signed Beyoncé's latest country album. The 78-year-old country legend gushed about being a "big fan" of the superstar, 42, and welcomed her to the sport with a sweet note on Instagram. Despite a blank backdrop, she congratulated her and said she was eagerly awaiting the complete album, which Beyoncé revealed during a Super Bowl LVIII commercial.

Katy Perry of American Idol: McKenna Breinholt plays back tears as McKenna Breinholt meets her birth family for the first time on ABC during the season 22 premiere, February 19, 2024
On Sunday's season premiere of American Idol on ABC, Katy Perry battled back tears as contestant McKenna Breinholt met her birth family for the first time. After hearing she belted out the 2019 duet There Was Jesus by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton, the 39-year-old pop sensation was overwhelmed. McKenna, a native of Gilbert, Arizona, was stunned to learn that her birth family was at her season 22 audition in Nashville. Katy requested the 'Lepezes on the right' and the 'Breinholts on the left', after McKenna revealed that she inherited musical skills from her late mother Amy Ross Lopez, who gave her up for adoption.

Since refusing to wear a 'anti-self harm vest,' the Hollywood executive's son convicted of murdering his wife and in-laws stossing their torsos in the garbage can appears in court shirtless AGAIN, February 16, 2024
Sam Haskell IV appeared barefoot at his latest appearance in a downtown Los Angeles court. He has been accused of murdering Mei, her parents, and dismembering their bodies. At his last court visit in January, Haskell had pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife and her parents
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