Today is country singer Dolly Parton‘s birthday. Parts of her were born as far back as 1946.
My brother is a huge fan of Dolly Parton. So we went to see her in concert (she is an excellent live performer, BTW), saw many of her films at the cinema (9 to 5 was great, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was okay, Rhinestone was punishing), and went to her theme park the year it opened, 1986.
The theme park, Dollywood, is now one of the most successful theme parks in the U.S. and Dolly herself is still going strong. So in honour of Dolly here’s a postcard of her from Dollywood:
Here’s the backside:
“Dollywood 700 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge TN.
Dolly is pictured here finishing a butterfly candle.” [As if Dolly sits around and makes the over-priced candles for her souvenir stores.]
“We had a great time at Dollywood and we bought a lot of stuff. We met Dolly and had a nice chat with her. We are just getting ready to leave Pigeon Forge and move onto Nashville. Bye for now!”
I had a great time at Dollywood. I also have enjoyed a lot of her music, particularly Travellin’ Thru (which provoked death threats).
One of my favourite quotations by Dolly is that she said that “it costs a lot of money to look this cheap!” Despite her self-deprecating humour, her accomplishments are impressive. Check out a sample of her achievements, provided by Wikipedia:
“Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years… She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include ‘I Will Always Love You’…”
I also just discovered it was her production company that brought us Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
So happy birthday Dolly!