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Born in Sevierville, Tenn., as the fourth of 12 children living in a one-room cabin, Dolly Parton learned of her musical abilities at an early age. The now-country icon began performing all over Eastern Tennessee while she was still a child; in 1964, at the age of 18 — just one day after graduating from high school — Parton moved to Nashville. In Music City, the artist signed to Combine Publishing House and Monument Records and quickly found success as a songwriter, penning hits such as Bill Phillips’ “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and Skeeter Davis’ “Fuel to the Flame,” among others. In 1967, Parton released her debut album, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’, and became a part of both Porter Wagoner’s weekly TV show and touring show. She remained with Wagoner until 1974, when she left to work on her solo career; in response to their “breakup” and Wagoner’s reported animosity toward her decision, Parton penned her hit single “I Will Always Love You.” The singer found success at radio, but it wasn’t until her seventh album, 1971’s ‘Joshua’, that Parton scored her first No. 1 hit, the disc’s title track. She has gone on to become one of the most successful artists of any genre, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. In addition to her music career, Parton is also a successful actress (‘9 to 5′ and ‘Steel Magnolias’, among others), runs her Imagination Library and, since 1986, has owned the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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43 Years Ago: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner End Their Musical Partnership

On Feb. 19, 1974, Dolly Parton announced her split from Porter Wagoner, after more than seven years of performing together.

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Dolly Parton Responds to 2017 Grammy Awards Win: ‘Oh My Lord’

Dolly Parton reacts to her win for Best Country Duo / Group Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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50 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s Debut Album Is Released

On Feb. 13, 1967, Dolly Parton's debut album, 'Hello, I'm Dolly', was released.

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Dolly Parton and Pentatonix Take Home Best Country Duo / Group Performance at 2017 Grammy Awards

Dolly Parton and Pentatonix earned Best Country Duo / Group Performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards, for their collaborative version of Parton's hit "Jolene."

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Top 10 Country Grammy Awards Moments

The Boot counts down the best country moments at the Grammy Awards.

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43 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ Becomes a No. 1 Hit

On Feb. 2, 1974, Dolly Parton earned her second No. 1 hit with "Jolene."

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Watch Dolly Parton Honor Lily Tomlin With Humor at 2017 SAG Awards

Dolly Parton helped present Lily Tomlin with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 SAG Awards.

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Dolly Parton and ‘9 to 5′ Leading Ladies to Reunite at 2017 SAG Awards

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton will reunite at the 2017 SAG Awards, when Tomlin receives a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Top 10 Dolly Parton Songs

A list of the top songs from country music legend Dolly Parton

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See Dolly Parton Through the Years in Pictures

A photo gallery of Dolly Parton throughout her career.

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