Webster PRBelieve it or not, Dolly Parton officially turns 70 today. The universally famous entertainment icon was born January 19, 1946, in Sevier County, Tennessee, delivered at home by the rural doctor she'd later immortalize in song, Dr. Robert F. Thomas. She also helped start a foundation to improve healthcare in rural East Tennessee in his honor.
The Country star shows no signs of slowing down, as her made-for-TV movie Coat of Many Colors ended 2015 as a ratings triumph for NBC. She next turns her attention to another feature based on her 1974 classic "Jolene."
Although it's been three decades since the "I Will Always Love You" composer achieved her dream of transforming Hollywood into Dollywood, last year the theme park mogul checked another item off her bucket list, opening the DreamMore Resort on the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, property and adding 2,000 jobs in the area. In 2016, she'll Celebrate Dollywood's 30th anniversary.
While we haven't had any new Music from the Country Music Hall of Famer since 2014's Blue Smoke, it's a safe bet there's some in the works -- and it's worth noting that her most recent album was one of her most successful ever, debuting in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
This May, Parton celebrates her 50th wedding anniversary with her seldom-seen husband, Carl Dean. They're likely to celebrate the occasion with one of their favorite past times -- climbing in their RV and ordering fast food at the drive-through.
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