The Amazing Life And Evolution Of Dolly Parton

There are many things about Dolly Parton that you might not know, like how long she has been married and how many rides she has been on at Dollywood. From her amazing charitable acts to her humble beginnings and everything in between, read on to learn some interesting facts you may not know about this superstar and the great things she’s accomplished in her life.

She Was Born In Tennessee

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tennessee. She was the fourth child out of 12. Her father was a construction worker and farmer and her mother stayed home and raised the children. Parton says her family was “dirt poor” and lived in a one-room cabin in a valley in the Great Smokey Mountains.

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Parton grew up in the church as her family lived in a large Pentecostal area. At just six years old, she started performing in church and got her first real guitar when she was eight years old, which was a gift from her uncle.