Dolly Parton: Stories And Facts About The Nashville Legend

By | February 1, 2020

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Left: Dolly Parton getting ready for her closeup. Right: Parton with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Source: IMDB

Dolly Parton is a story with a soundtrack. Hits like "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You," and "9 to 5" make us smile and sing along, but the arc of her life from poverty to massive success is every bit as entertaining. Parton is still going strong today, with the same spirit and country sass we've seen over her more-than 50-year career.

Poor Dolly

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The replica of Dolly Parton's childhood home at Dollywood. Source:

Dolly Parton was born into the most humble of beginnings. Her father, a sharecropper in Tennessee’s Appalachian mountains, had so little money at the time of her birth that he had to pay the doctor (who also the preacher) with a sack of cornmeal in order for him to deliver the baby. Growing up, she lived in a small wood cabin without electricity or running water, “unless you ran to get it,'' she often jokes, and had to share beds with any number of her 11 siblings over the years. No, that’s not a typo. Her parents really had 12 children.