DOLLY PARTON BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Dolly Parton was born on January 19th, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee with the birth name Dolly Rebecca Parton. She was the fourth child born to a total of twelve children to parents, Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton. Her family struggled financially and the whole family of fourteen lived in a one room cabin in Tennessee.
As a young girl she developed an interest in music and began singing on the radio as a child. It was not long before she was also given the opportunity to sing on local television programs. Some of her earlier work was performing on, "The Cas Walker Show" and recording songs for the label, Goldband Records.
Once Parton earned her high school diploma she relocated to Nashville and began to work as a song writer. She had two top ten hits, "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" and "Fuel to the Flame". Soon the same label gave her the chance to sing country music. Some of her early releases were, "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy" which were on her album, "Hello, I'm Dolly".
By 1967 she was offered a spot performing on the program, "The Porter Wagoner Show" with country entertainer, Porter Wagoner. She was then also signed by RCA Victor Label and released a duet with Wagoner.
She was now beginning to gain a fan base and released such singles as, "Just Because I'm a Woman" and "In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)". However, her fan base was not do to her solo career but more to her duet song released with Wagoner. With both Wagoner and Parton being frustrated with the lack of her solo career taking off, Wagoner had Parton release the song, "Mule Skinner Blues" which reached number three on the charts.
Finally her solo career was taking off with hits such as, "Coat of Many Colors", "Jolene", and "I Will Always Remember You". Not only was she now making herself well known in the music industry as one of the top country music stars but she was also getting more television roles such as her own variety show, "Dolly!" (1976-1977).
Dolly made a very smart career move when she signed with a Los Angeles PR firm called, Katz-Gallin-Morey who she remained with for the next twenty five years and made her an even more known star.
As her career progressed, some albums released were more successful than others such as, "Here You Come Again" which was released in 1977 became her first million-seller and it topped the country charts and pop charts. From that point on the majority of albums released during the 70's and 80's were highly successful. She even won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1978 for the, "Here You Come Again" album.
She began making more television appearances on such shows as, "The Barbara Walters Special", "Cher's ABC Special", "Carol Burnett" and she hosted, "The Seventies: An Explosion of Country Music". Dolly Parton then began to embark on a career in films. She starred in, "Nine to Five" (1980) which she also sang the theme song, "9 to 5" which also received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other film credits include, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), "Rhinestone" (1984), "Steel Magnolias" (1989), "Straight Talk" (1991), "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005) and later in her career she also did the voice over work for the animated film, "Gnomeo & Juliet" (2011).
Even in to the late 80's, her music was still very popular and she continued to grace the charts. When her contract with RCA Records expired they did not renew, however, Columbia Records did choose to sign Parton.
In 1987 she brought back her variety show, "Dolly". Her music continued and she did not stop recording. Some of her later songs were, "The Day I Fall In Love", "Rockin' Years", "Honky Tonk Angels", "You Gotta Be My Baby" and "I Will Always Love You" as a duet with Vince Gill.
In the late 90's she began to change her focus from country to more bluegrass music such as the song, "The Grass Is Blue", "Little Sparrow" and "Halos & Horns". She also wrote the song, "Travelin' Thru" for the feature film, "Transamerica" (2005) which earned a second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Not only had she proven herself in the music industry as a entertainer she also had quite a career as a song writer. Many of her song's lyrics are based around people or events she experienced. In 2003 she was honored as a BMI icon and has earned over 25 BMI Pop and Country Awards throughout her career.
In 2008 her film, "Nine to Five" was made into a musical, 9 to 5 for which she wrote the score for, which later went to Broadway. She is also a talented musician playing such instruments as the autoharp, drums, banjo, fiddle and guitar.
Dolly Parton has added numerous television appearances to her resume such as role on, "A Smokey Mountain Christmas" (1986), "Wild Texas Wind" (1991), "Unlikely Angel" (1996), "Blue Valley Songbird" (1999), "Designing Women" (1990) and "Reba" (2005).
Along with her singing and acting career, Parton also opened the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She is co-owner of the Dollywood Company that operates a dinner theater, waterpark and Dollywood's Splash Country. During 1987 she also owned the restaurant, Dockside Plantation in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She is also part owner of Sandollar Productions which is a film and television company responsible for producing such films as, "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt" (1989), "Father of the Bride" (1991), "Father of the Bride: Part II" (1995), "Sabrina" (1995) and such television series as, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003).
Dolly Parton has received numerous honors for all her hard work in the entertainment industry. In 2001 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Country Music Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Parton was Elected into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame that same year. In 2010, Parton received the Applause Award from the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and that same year she was also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement. Parton has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Recording.
She is also very involved in a number of charitable organizations such as her literacy program called, "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library" that mails one book each month to children enrolled from birth up until they reach kindergarten age. She is also responsible for raising funds for the American Red Cross and quite a few HIV/AIDS charities. Parton has been honored for her efforts to help preserve the bald eagle through the American Eagle Foundation's sanctuary located at Dollywood.
In 1966 she married her only husband, Carl Dean and has never been able to have any of her own children due to an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills in her younger years. However, she and her husband did raise some of her younger siblings and they are also the sole guardians to a family friends son who's parents passed away.
Dolly Parton has proved that no matter where you come from if you follow your dreams you can make anything a reality. She continues to work in the industry and in 2012 her latest film, "Joyful Noise" will be released. She lived by one of her quotes saying, "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one".
2012 Joyful Noise
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet
2006-2010 Hannah Montana
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I.
1999 Blue Valley Songbird
1996 The Magic School Bus
1996 Unlikely Angel
1996 Mindin' My Own Business
1994 Heavens to Betsy
1992 Straight Talk
1991 Wild Texas Wind
1989 Steel Magnolias
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
1980 Nine to Five
1979 Dolly and Carol in Nashville