Dolly Parton

(Dolly Rebecca Parton)

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
  • Born: January 19, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Humanitarian

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Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton made her album debut in 1967, with her album Hello, I'm Dolly. With steady success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s; Parton's subsequent albums in the later part of the 1990s were lower in sales. However, in the new millennium, Parton achieved commercial success again and has released albums on various independent labels since 2000, including albums on her own label, Dolly Records.

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You have no idea how much it costs to make someone look this cheap, Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Public Relations & Image
'9 to 5 the Musical' is perfect for anyone that's ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us.
A gypsy told me I was going to do great things. I was going to make all kinds of money. Money, Coins & Minting
A lot of dreams can turn to nightmares... if you don't really work them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A lot of people have said I'd have probably done better in my career if I hadn't looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn't be blamed because you want to look pretty.
Above everything else I've done, I've always said I've had more guts than I've got talent.
Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches. Life ;Time ;Success
After momma gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her.
As a songwriter, you respect and appreciate the writings of other people, and I often get asked, are there songs out there I wish I'd written? Yes. There's many of them! Respect
Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are. To me, that's what being a star means.
Believe it or not, I was just given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee.
Depression runs in my family on both sides, and I have to be wary. Families, Children & Parenting
Dollywood is a family park, and all families are welcome. We do have a policy about profanity or controversial messages on clothing or signs. It is to protect the individual wearing or carrying them, as well as to keep down fights or problems by those opposed to it at the park. Families, Children & Parenting
Energy begets energy.
Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort.
Every time I come to Europe, I'm just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world, and I especially love the fans. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Everywhere I go, the kids call me 'the book lady.' The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the 'book lady' title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I've done something good with my life and with my success. Life ;Success
Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.
First thing I do in the morning, after I have my breakfast and do my spiritual work, is put on my makeup and fix my hair, and I can do my makeup in 15 minutes. Morning ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Funny thing is that the poorer people are, the more generous they seem to be. Humor
George Jones was my all-time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.
God and I have a great relationship, but we both see other people. Religion & God
I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.
I do write a lot of children's songs, and I'm going to do a children's television show, which also means I'll be doing a lot of albums. So I do hope my future will hold a lot of things for children. Future ;Hope
I don't have maids or servants, and my husband and I love waking up early and going to the 24-hour supermarket when there is nobody else there. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I don't like to give advice. I like to give people information because everyone's life is different, and everyone's journey is different. Life
I feel that sin and evil are the negative part of you, and I think it's like a battery: you've got to have the negative and the positive in order to be a complete person.
I grew up around lots of men - my father, my brothers, my uncles - so I wasn't intimidated by them.
I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it's just depressing to me. The poor little kids.
I have a big gay and lesbian following and they've been very loyal and kind to me.
I have surrounded myself with very smart people.
I just don't feel like I have to explain myself.
I know who I am, I know what I can and can't do. I know what I will and won't do. I know what I'm capable of and I don't agree to do things that I don't think I can pull off.
I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
I love to flirt, and I've never met a man I didn't like. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I modelled my looks on the town tramp.
I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, 'Dang, she looks good for her age!' Hope
I say, 'Yeah, Taylor Swift.' I think she is a smart, beautiful girl. I think she's making all the right moves. She's got a good head on her shoulders. She's surrounded with wonderful people. Her songs are great. She keeps herself anchored. She knows who she is, and she's living and standing by that.
I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed. Time ;Religion & God ;Failure
I think country music is popular - has been popular and will always be popular because I think a lot of real people singing about a lot of real stuff about real people. And it's simple enough for people to understand it. And we kind of roll with the punches. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think everyone should be with who they love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think I became more productive through not having children. I never really had the desire to have them. My husband didn't want them either, so it worked out well.
I think I've got my business notions and my sense for that sort of thing from my dad. My dad never had a chance to go to school. He couldn't read and write. But he was so smart. He was just one of those people that could just make the most of anything and everything that he had to work with. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think your values are always influenced by your family and your community. Families, Children & Parenting
I want to go and go, and then drop dead in the middle of something I'm loving to do. And if that doesn't happen, if I wind up sitting in a wheelchair, at least I'll have my high heels on.
I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we're sad, and being yellow when we're cowards, and when we're mad, we're red.
I was always a junk food person, still am. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I was born with a happy heart, and I try to keep a good attitude. It's not true that I'm happy all the time because nobody is, and we all go through our things. Time
I wear wigs all the time on shows, and every day when I'm in public, at Dollywood. People say, 'How many wigs do you have?' And I say, 'Well, at least 365 because I wear at least one a day.' Time
I will never retire unless I have to.
I would honestly say that with all the awards and all the other things that I've done in my life, Dollywood is one of the greatest dreams that I've ever had come true - I am so proud of that I can't even begin to tell you, Dollywood is real special to me. Life
I write for myself things that I've gone through.
I’m not offended by blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb … and I also know that I’m not blonde.
I'd love to do a duet, always wanted to work with Madonna, but she never asked. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If I can get my dress on, my weight is under control.
If I hadn't been a woman, I'd be a drag queen for sure. I like all that flair and I'd be dressing up in them high heels and putting on the big hair. I'd be like Ru Paul.
If I see something sagging, bagging or dragging I'll get it nipped, tucked or sucked.
If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.
If you like good ol' fashion Southern soul food then, yes, I am a good cook! My specialty is chicken dumplings and poke salad. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words. Music, Chants & Rapps
I'll be like Bob Hope, touring when I'm 100. Hope
I'll bring my grits when I travel, because I get so hungry on the road. Travel
I'm a showgirl, as you can tell. I'm ever ready.
I'm a workin' girl.
I'm always amazed by the people who work on stage who sing night after night, day after day, week in week out. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm an energy vampire. I just suck off everybody's energy. But I give it back.
I'm easy to look like, so there are lots and lots of Dolly look-alikes.
I'm gonna be making records anyway, even if I had to sell 'em out of the trunk of my car. I'm that kind of musician and singer.
I'm no natural beauty. If I'm gonna have any looks at all, I'm gonna have to create them.
I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.
I'm not happy all the time, and I wouldn't want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody. Time
I'm not intimidated by how people perceive me.
I'm old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I'd tell them where to put it.
I'm very short, so I just have to watch my weight because I have a big appetite.
I'm working on my life story. I'm not decided if it's going to be a musical or a movie with music in it. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
It costs a lot of money to look this cheap. Money, Coins & Minting
It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen.
It's not easy being young. It's hard to know what to do.
I've always been fascinated by everything with wings.
I've always kinda been a little outcast myself, a little oddball, doin' my thing, my own way. And it's been hard for me to, to be accepted, certainly in the early years of my life. Life
I've been to those places where it's 'poor, pitiful me.'
I've never had a divorce, but I've seen so many of my friends, my sister, my family go through that stuff, so I try to write for the people that can't write about it. I take on their sorrow, so I'm able to kind of express it, or their joy. Families, Children & Parenting
I've used my femininity and my sexuality as a weapon and a tool... but that's just natural.
Kitty Wells was the first and only Queen of Country Music, no matter what they call the rest of us. She was a great inspiration to me as well as every other female singer in the country music business. In addition to being a wonderful asset to country music, she was a wonderful woman. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Life is a song to me. Life
Living in America and, of course, just being women in general, we've got more strength than we think we do. Women
Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston, I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
Money ain't everything. Money, Coins & Minting
My best country record only sold 200,000 copies.
My fat never made me less money. Money, Coins & Minting
My husband calls me 'catfish.' He says I'm all mouth and no brains.
My mama never wore a pair of pants when I was growing up, and now that's all she wears. It was so funny for me when I first started seeing Mama wear pants. It was like it wasn't Mama. Now I've bought her many a pantsuit because she just lives in them. Humor
My nails are my rhythm section when I'm writing a song all alone. Some day, I may cut an album, just me and my nails.
My songs are the door to every dream I've ever had and every success I've ever achieved. Success
My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
No matter what, I always make it home for Christmas. I love to go to my Tennessee Mountain Home and invite all of my nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids and do what we all like to do - eat, laugh, trade presents and just enjoy each other... and sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Nobody can ever make enough money for as many poor relatives as I've got. Somebody's got a sick kid, or somebody needs an operation, somebody ain't got this, somebody ain't got that. Or to give the kids all a car when they graduate. Money, Coins & Minting
Oh, I can spot a phoney a mile away.
People just overshoot trying to find God. They're going outside and trying everything. They don't realize that it's right inside themselves. Religion & God
People like bluegrass. It's had a following amongst a lot of hip and young people. A lot of college kids like bluegrass.
People say I look so happy - and I say, 'That's the Botox.'
Plastic surgeons are always making mountains out of molehills.
Sevier County is a great area.
Some guys look better as they get older.
Sometimes if you jump into something too quickly, you can screw up something that might have been good two years down the road.
Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and my thoughts. Not just mine, but the things I see, the people I care about. My head would explode if I didn't get some of that stuff out.
Stop this attitude that older people ain't any good anymore! We're as good as we ever were - if we ever were any good.
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I've already had, my face pretty much maintains itself. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The only way I'd be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue. Hope
The secret to a long marriage is to stay gone. Families, Children & Parenting
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
There's a lot of rednecks in the country where I grew up.
There's been a lot of talk about Jack White wanting to work with me, and I've always admired him, and of course, he lives in Nashville, too. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
We're all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can.
When I do listen to music, I'm more prone to listen to the people I've always listened to: George Jones, Otis Redding, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Music, Chants & Rapps
When I was with Andy Warhol, I thought, 'God, his wig looks cheaper than mine!' Religion & God
When I'm home, I spend Sunday with my husband. If we're not cooking, we travel around in our camper, stop at fast-food restaurants, and picnic. We love that stuff that will harden your arteries in a hurry. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Travel
When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next.
When you're 40, you can't ride the fence anymore. You gotta make definite decisions about your life. Life
'Wrecking Ball' is a great song.
You always want your people to be proud of what you have accomplished.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You don't see too many atheists on the deathbed. They all start cramming then.
You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that's left for you or to make one of your own.
You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don't know what's goin' on, I then got the money, and gone. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!
You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.