15 Superbly Entertaining Dolly Parton Facts

1) Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) has been married to Carl Dean since 1966. The couple met at Nashville’s Wishy Washy Laundromat the very first day the aspiring country starlet was a resident of Music City.

2) The classic tune “Jolene” was partly inspired by a redheaded bank teller who seemed to fancy Parton’s husband a bit too much.

3) After snagging a contract with RCA Records, Parton earned her first No. 1 country hit in 1971 with “Joshua.”

4) If you visit Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, you will be greeted by a life-sized bronze statue of the famed artist outside of the county courthouse.

5) In 1977, Parton scored her first cross-over hit with the song “Here You Come Again.”

6) Despite owning the theme park Dollywood since the 1980’s, Parton won’t ride any of the thrilling attractions due to her issues with motion sickness.

7) Oddly enough, scientists named the world’s first cloned mammal, a sheep, after Dolly Parton in 1996. Why? Well, Dolly the sheep was derived from a mammary gland cell— and the human Dolly is known for her famous bust.

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