Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, born in 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee as the fourth of twelve children.
For over 50 years, Dolly has been writing and performing hit country songs. To date she has released 41 top 10 country albums, and has had 25 #1 singles.
She is famous for her songs, “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You”, which Whitney Houston covered for the feature film, The Bodyguard.
Dolly’s father was a tobacco farmer. She even describe her family as being dirt poor and recounted how her father paid the doctor who helped deliver her with a bag of oatmeal.
She started her early performances in church and by the age of 9, Parton was already appearing on The Cas Walker Show. She was later signed on the small Louisiana label, Goldband Records.
The day after Dolly graduated from high school in 1964, she moved to Nashville. She found success as a songwriter very quickly. She teamed up with an uncle named Bill Owens in writing several charting singles.
Dolly married Carl Thomas Dean in 1966.
Dean, who enjoys private life, shuns publicity and spent much of his life running an asphalt road-surface-paving business in Nashville. He rarely accompanies his wife to public events. In fact, Parton revealed that Carl has only seen her perform publicly once.
Parton and Dean helped raise several of Parton’s younger siblings, and although she has no children of her own, she is active in the lives of her nieces and nephews, and is also the godmother of performer, Miley Cyrus.
Dolly Parton net worth
Dolly has a net worth of $650 million.
During her career she has sold more than 100 million albums as a solo artist. That does not include the hundreds of millions of albums that other artists have sold using her songs.
Dolly has a large investment in her native Tennessee through philanthropy and entrepreneurial efforts. Her theme park Dollywood is the 24th most-visited theme park in the US with over 3 million visitors per year. She had donated and/or raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support a variety of charities.
Dolly earned $10 million in royalties in the early 1990s thanks to Whitney’s version, roughly $20 million after adjusting for inflation.
Till date, as the owner of the writing and publishing rights, Dolly earns roughly 8 cents per radio play and $2 per album sold.