Happy Birthday, Dolly!"I've always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I’ve ever had and every success I've ever achieved."
Wishing a very happy 74th birthday to Dolly Parton (b. January 19, 1946), living legend, the most honored female country performer of all time, movie and TV star, businesswoman, and philanthropist. What you should know...
- Dolly has achieved 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist
- she has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles
- Dolly’s earned 8 Grammy Awards (49 nominations), 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award
- established Velvet Apple Music (BMI) early in her career and owns the copyrights and the publishing for her vast songwriting empire; she owns her own successful record label, Dolly Records
- in 1999, Dolly Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
- made her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy 9 to 5, earning rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards
- roles in Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk followed, along with two network television series, made for television movies, network and HBO specials, and guest-starring roles in series television; in 2006, Dolly earned her second Oscar nomination for "Travelin’ Thru," which she wrote for the film Transamerica
- in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented Dolly with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States
- in 2005 she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts
- in 2006 Dolly was honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her lifetime of contributions to the arts
- in June 2007 Dolly was named the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame
- in 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more and care more; the foundation funds the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which has gifted over 130 million free books to children worldwide as of December 2019