About Dolly Parton

This voluptuous, multitalented musician has continued to stay true to her country roots throughout her long and successful career. Born in 1946, the American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton began her career in the music business as an adorable child star. She rose to prominence after an appearance on a popular TV programmeme in 1967, when she performed a cover of "The Last Thing on My Mind" by Tom Paxton. Her musical style is a blend of down home American country music, bluegrass, gospel, and pop. Throughout her music career, the crooner has had several hit albums and No. 1 singles. She has been a prolific songwriter with more than 3,000 songs to her credit. Perhaps her most famous song is "I Will Always Love You", which was also a pop hit for Whitney Houston, and was the feature song on the soundtrack to the film "The Bodyguard". Other hit songs include "Jolene", "9 to 5", "My Tennessee Mountain Home", and "Coat of Many colours". In addition, Dolly Parton also became famous for her acting chops in films, and was even nominated for several Golden Globe Awards in 1980 for her role as a secretary in the comedy movie "9 to 5". Other films in which she acted include "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Rhinestone", "Steel Magnolias", and "Straight Talk". Most recently, in 2012, she co-starred along with Queen Latifah in the musical movie "Joyful Noise". She has also achieved great success in business including a theme park in Tennessee's Smokey Mountains called Dollywood. The star has also gained renown for her charitable work with her group Imagination Library, which promotes literacy for children.

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