Who is Dolly Parton?
A: Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman.
She is known primarily for her work in what?
A: Country music.
After achieving success as a songwriter for others,
when did Parton make her album debut?
A: In 1967 with Hello, I'm Dolly.
This led to success during the remainder of the 1960s
(both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter
Wagoner), before her sales and chart peak came when?
A: During the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.
How many records has she sold worldwide?
A: More than 100 million.
She has had 25 songs reach no. 1 on what?
A: The Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist (tied with Reba McEntire).
She has how many career Top 10 country albums?
A: A record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years.
How many songs has she composed?
A: Over 3,000 songs, including "I Will Always Love You" (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", and "9 to 5".
As an actress, she has starred in films such as what?
A: 9 to 5 (1980) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), for which she earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, as well as Rhinestone (1984), Steel Magnolias (1989), Straight Talk (1992) and Joyful Noise (2012).
She has garnered how many Grammy Awards?
A: 11 and 50 nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is one of only how many female artists to win the
Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award?
How many People's Choice Awards has she won?
A: Four, and three American Music Awards.
She is also in a select group to have received at least
one nomination from what?
A: The Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.
In 1999, Parton was inducted into what?
A: The Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2022, she was nominated for what?
A: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She initially declined the nomination, but ultimately
A: Accepted it; the Hall of Fame later announced that Parton will be inducted.
Outside of her work in the music industry, she also
A: The Dollywood Company, which manages a number of entertainment venues, including the Dollywood theme park, the Splash Country water park, and a number of dinner theatre venues including The Dolly Parton Stampede and Pirates Voyage.
She has founded a number of charitable and
philanthropic organizations, chief among which is what?
A: The Dollywood Foundation, which manages a number of projects to bring education and poverty relief to East Tennessee where she grew up.
When was Dolly born?
A: January 19, 1946.
Where was she born?
A: Iin a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, Tennessee.
She is the fourth of how many children?
Who were her parents?
A: Avie Lee Caroline (née Owens; 1923–2003) and Robert Lee Parton Sr. (1921–2000).
As of 2018, Parton has how many deceased siblings?
Parton's middle name comes from what?
A: Her maternal great-great-grandmother Rebecca (Dunn) Whitted.
Parton's father, known as "Lee", worked in the
mountains of East Tennessee as what?
A: First as a sharecropper and later tending his own small tobacco farm and acreage.
He also worked construction jobs to do what?
A: To supplement the farm's small income.
Despite her father's illiteracy, Parton has often
commented that he was what?
A: One of the smartest people she had ever known in regard to business and making a profit.
Parton credits her musical abilities to her mother;
often in poor health, she still managed to keep house and entertain her
children with what?
A: Smoky Mountain folklore and ancient ballads.