One of Tennessee’s sweethearts, Dolly Parton has held a successful career as a singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman. The native east Tennessean was born on January 19, 1946, in a one-room cabin in Sevier County as one of 12 children. Parton will be turning 73 Saturday, and throughout her life, she has contributed a long list of work towards the betterment of her home state.
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The eight-time Grammy winner sang her way into the hearts of many Americans with songs such as “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and more. Her film career includes notable movies 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, and Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, a made-for-TV film based on her childhood. In 1986, Silver Dollar City became Dollywood, as Parton added the popular theme park operation to her list of projects.
In addition to her entertainment and business endeavors, Parton dove into public service with her Imagination Library. The program launched in 1995 and mails free books to children from birth until they begin school. In 2018, Parton donated Imagination Library’s 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress.
And the 73-year-old doesn’t have plans to slow down this year. She recently worked on Jennifer Aniston and Netflix’s Dumplin’ movie, producing a soundtrack album for the film. She will be continuing her work with Netflix this year with a TV series titled Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, which will feature several one-hour episodes based on her songs, such as “Jolene.” In 2019, Parton will also be opening an addition to Dollywood — Wildwood Grove, which will boast six new ride attractions.
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