Dolly has been a house hold name for years but what is her real story? Dolly Rebecca Parton was born in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee in 1946. Being one of 12 children she lived in a busy home. As a little child she began writing songs and by age 10 she had already appeared on both radio and television shows that are believed to have reached Pigeon Forge, TN.
By the time she was 18 years old and just finished high school she went far from her hometown and Pigeon Forge, TN and headed for Nashville. She worked as a demo singer and had other miscellaneous jobs and until she got a spot on a television show as the “singer girl,” replacing Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe).
Then by 1974 she had won two awards from the CMA, for duo of the year with Porter Wagoner. She became apart of the Grand Ole Opry in 1969 and went on to win two more female artist of the year in a row in both 1975 & 1976. And then finally in 1978 Dolly Parton was named entertainer of the year. After taking the country music scene by storm she wanted to moved into a few other fields. From 1980-1992 she appeared in several films including 9 to 5, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Steel Magnolias, and Straight talk.
Dolly never left her singing career selling more than 100 million records world wide and has won many awards including seven Grammy Awards. Dolly Parton is a big giver and continues to give back to the community and claims she will never retire. She is a hard work and her life has been a huge success. One of her other great accomplishments though is Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This theme park is full of fun country family fun and will be the icing on the cake to any Pigeon Forge vacation.