Member Since 1969
Dolly Parton’s blend of talent, image, intelligence, and sincerity has allowed Parton the rare gift of appealing to men as an icon of femininity, even as women innately see her as a fun-loving, gal-next-door confidante. Such across-the-board appeal has expanded her success well beyond recordings and concerts to include books, film, cosmetics, and her Dollywood entertainment complex. Still, it all began with the music.
The fourth of Robert Lee and Avie Lee Parton’s 12 children, Parton grew up in the foothills of the
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, Parton continues to perform and record with an exuberant vitality that has never waned. Just as importantly, her Dollywood Foundation has expanded her Imagination Library Program to more than 40 states.
Parton took rein as Broadcast Music Inc.'s Icon of the Year in 2003. The following year Parton was honored with the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress and yet another governmental award was bestowed upon her in 2005 when she received the National Medal of Arts.