Happy 71st birthday to the great Dolly Parton!
It was 71 years ago today that Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, as the fourth of 12 children.
It’s well known the family was quite poor in terms of material possessions but had strong values and a lot of love.
And out of that situation emerged a beloved star who has been making hits for nearly 50 years such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and Nine to Five, among others.
Dolly made a big splash in the movies in 1980s Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and had another big hit with 1989′s Steel Magnolias – both films are huge with us gays.
Of her longevity, Dolly says: ‘People feel like they’ve known me so long because I’ve been around a long time. I’m really like an aunt or a cousin or a person you’ve grown up with—like somebody in the family. So I think they feel comfortable with me. I really think that is Southern hospitality.”’