- One of 12 children; grew up in a 1-room cabin in Tennessee.
- Sister of Rachel Dennison.
- Owner/namesake of Smokey Mountain area theme park, "Dollywood", located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.
- Sister of Stella Parton.
- Since the early 90s, she has been trying to get CBS to run her sitcoms. Initially, in 1994, "Heavens To Betsy" was made, starring Dolly and Constance Shulman. That sitcom was scrapped, and the story was re-vamped for the Movie of the Week, Unlikely Angel. Last time she was in interview, she said her new sitcom had her cast as a "caterer to the stars."
- When Drew Barrymore spoke about her film, Home Fries (1998), prior to its release, she revealed that her character was a huge fan of Dolly Parton. She said that several of Parton's songs would appear in the film, and that they spent a two-day shoot at Dollywood. When the film was finally released, the only reference to Dolly Parton was on the walls of Drew's bedroom, which are covered with posters and pictures of Dolly.
- Reportedly has her breasts insured for $600,000.
- Dolly's classic song "Jolene" was covered by Sherrie Austin on her third album "Followin' A Feelin." 
- Her late father Robert was one of 15 children, and her mother Avie (Owens) was one of 10 children.
- The world's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was named after Parton.
- Was a candidate for the hosting duties on "Family Feud" (1999) before Louie Anderson was hired.
- Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Sister of Randy Parton
- Various tabloids have reported that her breast implants - which she has never disputed having - have increased her measurements to anywhere from 38CC to a high mark of 48DD
- The children's television series "Sesame Street" (1969) introduced a character in homage to Dolly Parton. She had purple skin and blonde hair and went by the name of Polly Darton.
- She and her husband Carl Dean raised five of her younger brothers and sisters.
- Distant cousin of screenwriter Richard O'Sullivan.
- Wears size 5 1/2 shoes.
- Measurements: 40DD-20-36 (definitive self-described figure in 1994), 48DD-25-38 (self-described in March 1993),42-19-34 (by her designer in 1990), 44-26-38 (in Italy's "Novella 2000" in 1985), salesperson at Frederick's Of Hollywood in 1985 confided she purchases black push-up bras in size 36DD, 42-26-39 (reported in "Parade" Feb. 8, 1981), "The Book Of People" in 1981 reported 39-25-39, 44-28 1/2-38 1/2 (reported in 1980), 46E-27-39 (at her heaviest 150#+ in late 1970s), 38-26-36 (according to the "Nashville Banner" in 1972), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Her song "Jolene" was also covered by Olivia Newton-John. Ms. Newton-John sang it at a taped concert in the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.
- Ranked #34 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- Her Oscar nominated song "9 To 5" from 9 To 5 was ranked #78 while her song writing contribution for "I'll Always Love You" from The Bodyguard came in at #65 on The American Film Institute's list of "The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs".
- Her iconic hit song, "I'll Always Love You", was voted the No. 1 song on Country Music Television's "The 100 Greatest Country Love Songs".
- Covered Collective Soul's "Shine." In her version she turns it into a bluegrass song instead of an alternative rock ballard.
- Is partly of Irish decent.
- Created her song Nine to Five, whilst on set of the film of the same name by tapping her nails.
- She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger.
- Ranked #4 on the 40 Greatest Women in Country Music, #3 Loretta Lynn, #2 Tammy Wynette, and #1 Patsy Cline.
- Her Duet Islands in the Stream with fellow country singer Kenny Rogers was ranked the #1 duet of all time on CMT 100 greatest country duets of all time.
- Was named 4th Sexiest Woman in CMT list of the 20 sexiest women in Country Music
- Dolly Parton was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
- Purchased her hometown radio stations in Sevierville, Tennessee in 1991. She owned and operated WSEV 930 AM and WDLY 105.5 FM, the FM station billed as 'Dolly's Station', until 2000 when she sold both radio stations. Stating at that time that she and her business partners had built up the audiences for both stations and could not take the stations to "the next level". Dolly first appeared on WSEV-AM when she as 10 years old. While owning the radio stations, WDLY-FM was broadcast every operating day from Dolly's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The small section of the park dedicated to the radio broadcast was known as 'Radio Square'.
- In 2006 she was awarded the Lindy Boggs Award from The Stennis Center for Public Service. She becomes the first nonpolitical recipient.
- In 1978 Dolly became on of the few celebrities to have their own pinball machine. Manufactured by Bally Manufacturing Company. The "Dolly" pinball machine played Dolly's #1 single "Here You Come Again" while the pinball machine was active. This one of a kind item is a highly sought after piece of Dolly Parton memorabilia.
- Recorded the song "My Tennessee Hills" with folk icon Janis Ian for Ian's 2004 album "Billie's Bones".
- In 1993 she was honored with the Country Music Association's very first "Country Music Honors" Award. As of 2006, she is still the sole recipient of this honor.
- She has earned 5 BMI Million-Air (or more) Performance Awards and numerous BMI Songwriter Citations of Achievement. Her classic hit song "I Will Always Love You" is currently certified with a Six Million-Air award, meaning it has been played on radio and television over six million times. She was also honored with the prestigious BMI Icon Award in 2003.
- In 1986 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- In 1987 she was among the women honored by Ms. Magazine as "Woman of the Year".
- A bronze sculpture of her sits on the courthouse lawn in Sevierville, Tennessee, USA. Sevierville is her hometown.
- She has a star on Nashville's Starwalk for Grammy Award Winners. She also has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, which represents her accomplishments in the field of recording arts.
- Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
- Inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 4, 1969.
- Among 120 celebrities and movie industry executives to receive invitations for membership into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on July 5, 2006. The Academy only allows for 30 new members each year, but in 2006 invited more people for membership in order to replace previous members who passed away or were retiring. Other celebrities receiving invitations include Jake Gyllenhaal, Werner Herzog, Felicity Huffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Terrence Howard, Heath Ledger, and Dakota Fanning.
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