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Wikipedia Summary for Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I'm Dolly, which led to success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), before her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Parton's albums in the 1990s did not sell as well, but she achieved commercial success again in the new millennium and has released albums on various independent labels since 2000, including her own label, Dolly Records. She has sold more than a hundred million records worldwide.

Parton's music includes Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. She has had 25 songs reach no. 1 on the Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist (tied with Reba McEntire). She has 44 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past forty years. She has garnered eleven Grammy Awards and fifty nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award; ten Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including Entertainer of the Year; four People's Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards.

In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, including "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", and "9 to 5". She is also in a select group to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards. As an actress, she has starred in films such as 9 to 5 (1980) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), for which she earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, as well as Rhinestone (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Straight Talk (1992) and Joyful Noise (2012).

Wildflowers don't care where they grow.

--Dolly Parton

No, I can't do rap music!

--Dolly Parton

Once a week with a load of moonshine And the wounds that came from that won't ever heal Cause on a moonshine run one rainy night My two brothers lost their lives And oh my God how I despise My daddy's moonshine still.

--Dolly Parton

You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.

--Dolly Parton

You take the trouble as it comes And love 'em more than anyone Good or bad or indifferent It's still family.

--Dolly Parton

And when it's family, you trust them And your heart's an open door When it's family, you tolerate What you'd kill others for.

--Dolly Parton

When it's family, you forgive them For they know not what they do When it's family, you accept them 'Cause you have no choice but to.

--Dolly Parton

Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business.

--Dolly Parton

Two doors down they're laughing and drinking and having a party And two doors down they're not aware that I'm around But here I am crying my heart out, feeling sorry But they're having a party just two doors down.

--Dolly Parton

And she's a sparrow when she's broken But she's an eagle when she flies.

--Dolly Parton

If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine and I'll change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot.

--Dolly Parton

One of the things I'm real proud of is I just made a deal with 20th Century Fox, and I've got my own production company now. I'm developing some television and movies for other people because I have a lot of fresh new ideas. To write is what I love the most.

--Dolly Parton

I love the energy of children. It makes me feel young. I'm just drawn to them. They're like magic to me. And they're drawn to me, the childlike part of me that never did grow up.

--Dolly Parton

Money is like the tide: It rolls in and it rolls out. If you clutch it, you are not going to keep it.

--Dolly Parton

If you try to follow everyone else and be like everyone else, before you know it you're gone. You're not going to find yourself again; you'll just be a version of what you might have hoped to have been.

--Dolly Parton

I'm just a singer songwriter and entertainer and I miss people and the energy of the crowd. When I play live it's a lovefest with me and my audience. It's how I get my rocks off.

--Dolly Parton

I know my hair is out of the '60's, my clothes are '50's and the shoes I wear are from the '40's. But I like looking like I came out of a fairy tale.

--Dolly Parton

I strengthen the muscles around my heart, but I can't harden it.

--Dolly Parton

I've always believed in my talent. And I've always had more guts than talent.

--Dolly Parton

They let you dream just to watch them shatter, you're just a step on the boss man's ladder.

--Dolly Parton

When people say to me less is more I reply, 'More is more'.

--Dolly Parton

I learned early on that I could get a lot of attention by singing and writing little songs, so it was like throwing nuts to a monkey... I just couldn't get enough.

--Dolly Parton

I'll be wearing my high heels, even if I'm up to my knees in mud.

--Dolly Parton

We're phonies if we're not exactly who we are.

--Dolly Parton

Be whatever your dreams and your luck will let you be.

--Dolly Parton

A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.

--Dolly Parton

I hope you're never happy with anybody but me, and every face you look into, I hope you're haunted by me. Yes, I'm possessive and jealous, at least I speak honestly.

--Dolly Parton

There's a lot of rednecks in the country where I grew up.

--Dolly Parton

I'm in showbiz. I look at my boobs like they're show horses or show dogs. You've got to keep them groomed.

--Dolly Parton

There's a lot of women now with a whole lot of style but they are not necessarily song stylists. Some of their style is a lot like me and a lot of people sound a lot alike -- you can't tell them apart.

--Dolly Parton

Wouldn't it be something if we could have things we love in abudance without their losing that special attraction the want of them held for us.

--Dolly Parton

Lots of women buy just as many wigs and makeup things as I do ... They just don't wear them all at the same time.

--Dolly Parton

I've... been accused of being involved with every man I'm ever seen with or worked with. Maybe I have, maybe I ain't. I never tell if I have.

--Dolly Parton

I usually eat breakfast twice. I'm usually up at 3 a.m. -- do my spiritual work, my affirmations, a little bit of songwriting, get my daily work in order, and by that time I've worked up a bigger appetite.

--Dolly Parton

I'll be like Bob Hope, touring when I'm 100.

--Dolly Parton

The magic is inside you. there ain't no crystal ball.

--Dolly Parton

I try to be good at it, whatever part I'm playing -- even in my daily life or when the spotlight hits me on the stage to perform -- I gotta be alive every second in this world. With or without the applause!

--Dolly Parton

Smile, it increases you face value.

--Dolly Parton

Smile, it enhances your face value.

--Dolly Parton

I just love life. I love people. I love to write, that's my gift. I love to sing. I have a good attitude. I like to think I shine from the inside.

--Dolly Parton

It's great at this stage in my life to still be in the running, that people appreciate you.

--Dolly Parton

What people do behind closed doors is certainly not my concern unless I'm there with them.

--Dolly Parton

Living in America and, of course, just being women in general, we've got more strength than we think we do.

--Dolly Parton

Working nine to five, what way to earn a living.

Barely getting by... It's all taking and no giving.

They use just your mind and they never give you credit.

It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it!

--Dolly Parton

I compare myself to a good barn. You can have a good barn, and if you paint it, it looks a little better. But if you take the paint off, it's still a good barn.

--Dolly Parton

I write anywhere. I'm always banging around on the dashboard. Whatever I'm doing. I can make music out of anything. Whenever a song hits me, I'll pick some sort of melody or rhythm out on it, and kind of enhance the song.

--Dolly Parton

I don't trust anyone who does their own hair. I don't think it's natural.

--Dolly Parton

I'd love to develop and star in my own children's show, write children's books, do children's albums, movies, DVDs, etc.

--Dolly Parton

If people think I'm a dumb blonde, because of the way I look, then they're dumber than they think I am. If people think I'm not very deep because of my wigs and outfits, then they're not very deep.

--Dolly Parton

I never, ever get involved in politics. With politics you are not allowed to be honest. I don't have time to deal with that. I would rather work with kids.

--Dolly Parton

Understanding isn't learned from punishment and anger. An iron has no gentle touch, and love ain't learned from hate.

--Dolly Parton

Wondering if God loves us when we're cheating? Oh, but why he lets us feel things, if it's wrong.

--Dolly Parton

George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.

--Dolly Parton

I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals.

--Dolly Parton

I think everyone should be with who they love. I don't want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!

--Dolly Parton

Hello God, if we are still on speaking terms, can you help me?

--Dolly Parton

Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats. Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can't be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy.

--Dolly Parton

I always loved books. I don't remember learning to read, it was just something I always did. I was hungry for knowledge, I guess, and information; I was a curious kid. I still am.

--Dolly Parton

I don't listen to music for fun. I ain't got enough time for fun! I'm always busy writing my own music. I don't try to compete or see what other people are doing.

--Dolly Parton

I'll just wait right here for you cause I know your new love won't last. I wound easy, but I heal fast.

--Dolly Parton

I'm no angel if that's what you thought you found. I was just the victim of a man that let me down.

--Dolly Parton

All the fame and fortune, glory and prestige, can't make me happy if it goes against what I believe.

--Dolly Parton

We're supposed to be less judgmental and accept and be kind and love one another.

--Dolly Parton

I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.

--Dolly Parton

I love thinking, I love coming up with great ideas. I just get excited. Sometimes if I get a big idea, I'm just like a kid, like I've found a new toy.

--Dolly Parton

You'll pay the highest price on back roads and in back seats and in a cheap highway motel. But what's a few more strangers in a life of nothing else.

--Dolly Parton

With the first money I ever made I bought my Mommy and Daddy a car, and helped them fix their house up.

--Dolly Parton

I describe my look as a blend of mother goose, cinderella, and the local hooker!

--Dolly Parton

I count my blessings far more than I count my money.

--Dolly Parton

Music lives in me. Life is a song to me. I have the gift of rhyme, and I'm always trying to write and rhyme. Music is just natural everyday occurrence with me.

--Dolly Parton

I've never been more moved by a voice than I have been by Roy Orbison. I loved him personally, and I loved his voice. I think of him often and frequently listen to his songs.

--Dolly Parton


We could afford the price of peace. Love is all it costs.

--Dolly Parton

People just relate to me. They know I'm a regular person brought up in a hardworking, poor family, that I've had all the struggles that people have. I'm just a friendly person. And I hopefully have a good sense of humor. People get a kick out of my stupidity.

--Dolly Parton

I'm a proud person. I'm not vain. I look at it like it is. If you've got the money and you're going to be out there, you owe it to people not to look like a dog if you can help it.

--Dolly Parton

My husband said 'show me your boobs' and I had to pull up my skirt... so it was time to get them done!

--Dolly Parton

It's almost like being trapped in some other form. The real me is so different from the way I look on the outside.

--Dolly Parton

Now I usually try not to give advice. Information, yes, advice, no. But, what has worked for me may not work for you. Well, take for instance what has worked for me. Wigs. Tight clothes. Push up bras.

--Dolly Parton

I'm in the public eye, so I don't care who knows what I get done. If I see something sagging, dragging, or bagging, I get it sucked, tucked, or plucked.

--Dolly Parton

I'm a show-off basically... always have been.

--Dolly Parton

That's the great thing about a sense of humor and a sex drive, you can't wait to share it with everybody else.

--Dolly Parton

I think that all creative people are a little bit nuts.

--Dolly Parton

Even now, if I am thinking about spending a lot of money on clothing or furniture, I think 'I can't spend so much money on one thing; my poor old Daddy could have raised his family five years on that!'

--Dolly Parton

Being a star just means that you just find your own special place and that you shine where you are. To me that's what being a star means.

--Dolly Parton

That traveling man was a two time lover, he took my love, then he took my mother.

--Dolly Parton

I just try to be true to myself and look the way that I'm comfortable looking. Because if I'm comfortable with me, then you're going to be comfortable with me as well.

--Dolly Parton

I love the accomplishments and the awards that I've received through the years. But I've always worked more for the rewards than the awards. I've always counted my blessings before I've counted my money. I'm glad that new dreams come to me everyday.

--Dolly Parton

Is forever longer than always?

--Dolly Parton

Sometimes when I'm under pressure, if I think somebody is expecting stuff from me, I'll do better than if I was just left on my own. I can sit down -- I'm a skilled writer, I've been doing it all my life -- and I can get down to it.

--Dolly Parton

Sometimes a song just has to cater to whatever's goin' on. A well-written song is a song that stays true to the subject.

--Dolly Parton

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