Когда увидел ее первый раз в фильме "Самое симпатичное заведение в Техасе", то был поражен не только голосом и актерским талантом. Это про нее поет великий "охальник" Родни Каррингтон: "Dolly Parton's Tits"! Впрочем, таланта у нее гораздо больше. Это действительно - Королева кантри!
Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, author and actress. She was born Dolly Rebecca Parton in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children born to Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens, and grew up "dirt poor" in a rustic one-room cabin in the Smoky Mountains, also described as a "run-down farm" near Locust Ridge. Her siblings are Willadeene Parton (a poet), David Parton, Denver Parton, Bobby Parton, Stella Parton (a singer), Cassie Parton, Larry Parton (who died shortly after birth), Randy Parton (a singer), twins Floyd Parton (a songwriter) and Freida Parton, and Rachel Dennison (an actress).
Dolly was raised Assembly of God, a Pentecostal denomination, and music was a very large part of her church experience. She once told an interviewer that her grandfather was a Pentecostal "Holy Roller" preacher and today, when appearing in live concerts, she frequently performs spiritual songs. Parton, however, professes no denomination, claiming to be only Christian while adding that she believes that all Earth's peoples are God's children.
She began her entertainment career as a child, singing on local radio and television in East Tennessee. At age 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV, and at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. When she graduated from high school in 1964 she moved to Nashville, taking many traditional folkloric elements and popular music from East Tennessee with her.
On May 30, 1966, at the age of 20, she married Carl Dean, who ran an asphalt-paving business (whom she met upon her first day in Nashville two years earlier), in Ringgold, Georgia. She has remained with Dean, who has always shunned publicity and stayed in the background to an extraordinary degree, refusing to accompany his wife to almost every public appearance she has made since their marriage. Her extramarital relationships have been the subject of tabloid speculation for decades, with her heterosexuality often being questioned. When asked once, "Do you love women?" she replied "Yes, my mother was a woman."
Parton is known by many for her wit and distingushing wardrobe, as well as her boundless compassion and kind-heartedness.
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