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Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Country Music singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman. The fourth of 12 children, Parton began singing in her childhood, working on Porter Wagoner's radio show. After a couple of singles on Monument Records, she was signed to RCA Victor Records in 1968. A few modest hits came in the next couple of years, followed by the Number One "Joshua" in 1970. She stayed with RCA through the 1970s and into the 1980s, then switched to Columbia and stayed there until 1995. In her career, Parton charted 25 Number One singles, counting two different versions of her Signature Song "I Will Always Love You". Also included in her total is a duet with Brad Paisley, "When I Get Where I'm Going", which in early 2006 made Parton the oldest female artist to chart a Number One country song. Of course, Parton has earned several awards just for her music, including seven Grammy Awards.

But her career is far more than just singing. Parton has starred in the movies Nine to Five and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, both of which earned her Golden Globe nominations. She has also starred in several television series, mostly in cameo or performing roles.

Parton is known for her campy, big-breasted image, as well as joking about her large amounts of plastic surgery. But underneath it all, she has a really big... heart, including several philanthropic efforts and even her own theme park, Dollywood (which is in itself something of a philanthropic effort, bringing a large amount of money and jobs to the chronically poverty-stricken Appalachian region.) She's also well known in the gay community for her support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.


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