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More Fun Facts About Dolly Parton

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on January 30, 2024

In last week's blog, we held a belated birthday celebration of sorts for the one and only Dolly Parton by sharing a bunch of interesting facts about her life and work. The total list comprises 78 facts in all - in honor of her 78th birthday - half of which laid out in our previous post. We're back this week with 39 more tidbits of Dolly history, so next time you find yourself in a Dolly Parton trivia competition, you'll have no excuse for not winning.

40. Dolly starred in Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza: The Musical on TikTok.

41. Despite her success, Parton isn't a billionaire. Parton's net worth was estimated at $350 million by Forbesin August 2021, and some recent estimates suggest her net worth may be around $650 million.

42. Dolly Parton is only two inches taller than Danny DeVito. Sources say Parton is five feet tall, while DeVito is four feet, 10 inches tall.

43. In 2022, Parton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

44. Dolly Parton was a guest on The Simpsons, on which she voiced herself.

45. In a children's show, Dolly was the voice actress for a character named Noleen, IMDb says.

46. Parton is the godmother of two: Miley Cyrus and Billy the Kid, a French bulldog.

47. Parton has acted in approximately 135 movies, television shows and music videos, according to IMDb.

48. She has hundreds of wigs. Out.com asked Dolly how many she had at the Heartstrings premiere, and she responded that she wears one almost every day, so she must have at least 365.

49. Launched in 1995, Parton's Imagination Library had gifted more than 195 million books in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland as of 2023.

50. Dolly doesn't have any children of her own. According the Today show, Parton told Oprah Winfrey that she believed God didn't mean for her to have kids so that everybody's kids could be hers.

51. Parton was awarded with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy on August 3, 2022.

52. Parton is an early bird. In an interview with Today, she said she wakes up by 3 a.m. for meditation and spiritual work before she takes care of business.

53. Parton told CMT that she wrote “I Will Always Love You” about her mentor, Porter Wagoner, not a romantic interest.

54. On her birthday, she eats pie, not cake, Parton told a USA Today reporter.

55. In 1977, Dolly met Queen Elizabeth II in London.

56. After filming completed on Parton's 2022 Christmas movie, some of the props and costumes used were donated to a Sevierville thrift store for charity.

57. Dolly's first paid performance was at the Pines Theater in Sevierville when she was 10 years old. In May 2022, the company that owns the theater announced it was being remodeled and turned into an entertainment venue named The Pines.

58. Parton seems to be a fan of Lil Nas X. After Lil Nas X's cover of “Jolene,” Parton said she was excited and that she loves him. In 2019, there was also a Twitter thread between the pair teasing the possibility of a remix of Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” with Parton.

59. Parton released a children's album called I Believe in You.

60. Dolly found out about the Gatlinburg wildfires in a phone call from Miley Cyrus.

61. Parton raised more than $9 million in a telethon for her My People Fund, which gave $1,000 checks to families affected by the wildfires monthly for 6 months. The fund received enough donations that the final check that fire victims were given was $5,000.

62. Parton was recognized by the FBI for helping Gatlinburg wildfire victims. The FBI gave the 2018 Director's Community Leadership Award to the Dollywood Foundation.

63. Dolly helped reduce dropout rates in Sevier County Schools from 30% to 6% in 1991. The Dollywood Foundation launched the Buddy Program in Sevier County Schools. Seventh and eighth grade students were promised $500 each if they and a buddy graduated high school.

64. She once donated an autographed pair of heels to be auctioned for Soles4Souls.

65. Parton has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years.

66. Parton saved am actor's life by pulling him out of the path of an oncoming vehicle on the set of Christmas on the Square.

67. Parton's gold dress she wore in 1988 for an episode of Dolly, filmed at the Grand Ole Opry, is on display at the Opry.

68. The University of Tennessee offered a history course on Dolly Parton's life.

69. Parton was voted “least likely to succeed” in high school, according to a 2017 Tweet she made.

70. As of 2022, Dolly is the first and only female recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

71. Parton is featured on a Kesha album. In the 2017 album, Rainbow, the pair sang a duet of Parton's “Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You).”

72. Parton was named the 2022 Friend of Education by the National Education Association.

73. In addition to Dollywood's employees, Dolly has had a major economic impact on East Tennessee. According to a study by the University of Tennessee, Dollywood has an annual direct and indirect economic impact of over $1.8 billion and created more than 23,000 jobs in the region.

74. In 2019, Parton was part of the first all-female host lineup for the CMA Awards.

75. At 10 years old, Parton was interested in show business. A former audio technician shared that when she wasn't performing, she was watching everything happening behind the scenes.

76. Dolly was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2021.

77. In 2023, Parton was honored with the Christine King Farris Legacy of Service in Education Award at the King Center's 2023 Beloved Community Awards.

78. In 2023, Parton released her rock and roll album Rockstar. However, on the download exclusive version of the album, Parton included a new recording of “Jolene” with Italian rock band Måneskin.

 

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