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.