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Dolly Parton: How Old is the Country Music Star?

Dolly Parton: How Old is the Country Music Star?

Dolly Parton is a pop culture icon who seems to remain ageless, making many fans across generations wonder: Just how old is she? The legendary singer-songwriter came into this world on January 19, 1946. Of course, this makes the Queen of Country 77 years old. Her birthplace was a humble one-room cabin nestled on the picturesque banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee.

It’s understandable that fans wonder how old the country music star is. She’s been a constant in pop culture since the 70s, yet has the energy and creative output of someone half her age. Dolly Parton has earned an impressive 25 RIAA-certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum awards. With a record-breaking 25 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts, she holds the most chart-topping hits by a female artist. Dolly has also been honored with eleven Grammy Awards.

How Old was Dolly When She Got Married?

Dolly and Carl Thomas Dean got married on May 30, 1966, when Parton was only 20 years old. Though they keep their relationship private and rarely attend public events together, their commitment to each other remains unwavering. Dolly and Carl don’t have any children. However, Parton is the godmother of Miley Cyrus.

Dolly’s upbringing was vastly different from her current life. As the fourth of twelve children, she grew up in a humble cabin in rural Tennessee, under the care of her parents, Robert and Avie Lee Parton. The family faced financial challenges, to the extent that Dolly had to share a bed with several of her siblings.

However, things are much different for Parton nowadays. According to a Forbes estimate in June, Dolly Parton’s net worth was approximately $440 million. The financial magazine highlighted that a significant portion of her wealth stems from her ownership in the theme park, Dollywood, which she initially invested in during the mid-1980s. Situated in her native Tennessee, Dollywood offers more than just typical rides. It features exclusive attractions like Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home and the upcoming Dolly Parton Experience.

The theme park is a component of the extensive Dollywood amusement resort. This now includes a hotel, spa, and water park known as Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Of course, Parton’s reach extends beyond entertainment. Parton’s Dollywood Foundation is dedicated to philanthropic endeavors, including the esteemed Imagination Library. This initiative, established in honor of Parton’s father Robert, who faced illiteracy, aims to foster literacy among children. Every month, Imagination Library distributes over two million free books to children in the US and abroad.