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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Praised as the most honored female country performer of all time with 41 top 10 country albums and dozens of awards including 10 Country Music Association Awards and nine Grammy Awards among many others, Dolly Parton is truly a legend. After launching her career with a series of duets with country star Porter Wagoner, Dolly found mainstream success in the mid-1970s and hasn’t looked back since with a nearly 60-year career that spans everything from famous hit singles like “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene” and “Coat of Many Colors” to films like The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias. Today, the 74-year-old has truly seen and heard it all while doing her best to shed light on rumors about her tattoos, wigs, rhinestones and more to shift the focus back to her illustrious career.

Although she was first signed as a bubblegum pop artist because of her unique voice, Dolly refused to let go of her country roots and, as luck would have it, met the legendary Porter Wagoner in 1967 who invited her to join him on The Porter Wagoner Show. In a move that truly launched her career thanks to her friendship with Wagoner, Dolly’s confidence flourished as she churned out hits like “Coat of Many Colors,” “My Tennessee Mountain Home,” “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”

As Dolly proved her talents as a country artist, she made the transition to pop in the late 1970s before making her silver screen debut alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the 1980 hit, 9 to 5. Two years later, she starred in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas before winning hearts as Truvy Jones in the 1989 film Steel Magnolias. Along the way, she’s earned ongoing praise as the most honored female in country music with dozens of hit albums, 110 charted singles and over 3,000 composed songs. She’s also one of the few celebrities who’s been nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award—and that doesn’t even count the accolades she’s taken home!

With Dolly’s impressive career over the last five decades, the blonde bombshell is known for her oversized chest and her love of rhinestones but she hasn’t shied away from sharing herself and her story with her fans. Describing herself as an entertainer at heart, every inch of Dolly has been under the microscope from her large collection of wigs and the size of her chest to, most recently, her tattoos. In 2011, Roseanne Barr outed Dolly on late night television saying, “Do you know who’s totally tattooed? I shouldn’t even tell this. Dolly Parton… She showed me. She’s got all these awesome tattoos all over her body—no black or blue lines, all like, pastel gorgeous bows all over everything.”

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