Some Surprising Facts about Dolly Parton Life


Dolly Parton, a country music diva with a half-century career, is one of the world’s most successful music icons. She’s created hundreds of songs, sold over 100 million records, and owns many Guinness World Records, among other honours. Aside from music, the entrepreneur and philanthropist have founded other ventures like Imagination Books and the entertainment park Dollywood, which have brought smiles to thousands of people’s faces.

So you’ve probably heard her songs and watched her movies, but with everything she’s done, we’re sure there are things about Parton you didn’t know (like the fact that her very first crush was Johnny Cash, or how she once turned down Elvis Presley). Check out these amazing facts about the “Jolene” star, who will go down in history as one of America’s most outstanding performers.


1. Parton met her future husband in a laundromat. She Moved To Nashville on This Day

When Dolly Parton went to Nashville in 1964, she had no intention of marrying, but fate had other choices. Her future husband was waiting for her on the first day in Nashville after moving to the city to pursue her dreams. Carl Dean drove by in his pickup truck while Parton, 18, stood outside the Wishy Washy Washateria laundromat, and it was love at first sight.

Dean claims that the first thing that sprang to mind when he saw her was, “I’m going to marry that girl.” After more than 50 years of marriage, Parton and Dean are still together. Dean recalled of the 18-year-old Parton he met outside a Nashville laundromat, “My second reaction was, ‘Lord, she’s attractive.’ That was the beginning of my life.”


2. She once refused Elvis Presley’s invitation

How many people can claim to have declined the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll? Elvis Presley fell in love with Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You” when it was published in 1974. If Elvis came knocking on your door and offered to work with you, chances are you’d jump at the event. “I was ecstatic. I told everyone that Elvis was singing that song and they all agreed.”

However, on Elvis’s scheduled recording, Colonel Tom, Elvis’s then manager, called her and told her that they would not record the song unless they received half of the publishing rights. “‘Oh no, it’s already a hit, but that’s what I’m leaving for my family,’ I thought. It had nothing to do with Elvis, who, hopefully, was also dissatisfied, “she stated.


3. Dolly Parton Made a Few Remarkable Comebacks Barbara Walters, in a 1977 interview

Parton’s conversation with Barbara Walters in 1977 is featured in the documentary. Despite her sweetness and charm, Parton comes across as intelligent, proud, and capable of more than one fierce comeback. Walters tells Parton, “After inquiring if she’d be prepared to give her measurements, which she isn’t,” “You are not required to appear in this manner.

Parton responds, saying, “No, this is definitely a choice. I don’t like to be like everybody else… I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable; that’s the easiest thing in the world to do… Once [people] got past the shock of the ridiculous way I looked… they would see there was a part of me to be appreciated. Show business is a money-making joke, and I just always like telling jokes.”


4. Dolly Parton penned around 100 verses for ‘9 to 5,’ and her fingernails are mentioned in the song

The film 9 to 5 marked Parton’s acting debut in 1980. She co-starred in the movie with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as a trio of female employees who work for a sexist boss (Dabney Coleman), with Parton playing his secretary. Parton agreed to star in the film to write the film’s theme song in exchange for the opportunity.

Parton claims in the documentary that she kept her co-stars entertained by creating and contributing lines for the theme song, which was also titled “9 to 5.” Parton ended up writing almost 100 lyrics for the song, which went on to become a hit along with the film. She used her acrylic nails to have the beat while writing the song. The recording credits even say, “Nails by Dolly Parton.”


5. Parton moved from a one-room cabin shared with 11 siblings when she first arrived in Nashville at 18

Parton was brought up in a one-room cabin with Eleven siblings (a recreation of her childhood house can be seen at her Dollywood theme park), and she didn’t become famous overnight. She struggled when she initially moved to Nashville at the age of 18 to pursue a career as a country singer. She didn’t lack tenacity, even if she lacked finances.

Dolly Parton while talking about her modest origins in the documentary Dolly Parton says that: I was hungry. Cried myself to sleep every night. But I did learn early on that you really had to stand up for yourself – especially being a girl in business at that time, and a country girl that did look like a dumb blonde.

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