Today, she's known for her country songs and television appearances, but Dolly Parton says she's always considered herself to be more of a song writer than anything else. She's also a shrewd business woman and sex symbol, but above all else, she's a songwriter.
Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tenn., in 1946, and just 10 short years later others began to recognize her talent. In the years to follow, Parton has earned recognition at nearly every level, and in 2000 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Parton's also been recognized for her philanthropic efforts. Her Imagination Library ships free books each month to children in more than 36 states, and she's been known to support efforts in HIV/AIDs research, the American Red Cross and PETA.
Today we celebrate the country-music icon's 68 birthday with 5 fun facts. Read on to learn more about the buxom blonde businesswoman, actress, singwriter and singer.
Dolly Parton fact No. 1
Parton is the fourth of 12 children. Parton and her siblings grew up extremely poor in Tennessee. She's has said that they didn't have electricity.
Dolly Parton fact No. 2
Dolly Parton has owned an amusement park, called Dollywood, since 1986, but she's never ridden any of the rides. The part is located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Dolly Parton fact No. 3
Parton began writing songs when she was just seven years old. Since then, she's written about 5,000 songs. Her first song was about a corn-cob doll.
Dolly Parton fact No. 4
Remember Dolly the sheep? The first cloned sheep was named after famed country singer Dolly Parton because a mammary gland was used to clone the sheep, the scientist said.
Dolly Parton fact No. 5
Parton first performed professionally at the age of 10. She started out appearing on local TV and radio shows around Tennessee. She made her Grand Ole Oprey debut at the age of 13 and moved to Nashville after graduating high school.