During a visit to New York City in 1968, Dolly and a friend of hers were mistaken for prostitutes by a would-be john who was quite aggressive in his intentions. The experience had kept her from returning to the Big Apple for many years.
Even though she is an amazing songwriter Dolly never learned how to read music.
As of 2009 Dolly's estimated worth was in the range of 300 - 500 million dollars. Falling in line behind Madonna and Oprah.
Dolly has two tattoos, a small angel on her left upper arm and a butterfly on her chest.
Dolly has stated that to this day she remains afraid of the dark and sleeps with a night light.
Dolly has received two Academy Award nominations for the song 9 to 5 from the film of the same name and for Travelin' Through from the film Transamerica.
Dolly was named No. 1 Female Country Artist of all time by Billboard for albums chart and singles chart performance.
Dolly has sold more than 100 million records to date.
In the years spanning 1967 - 2008 Dolly has had 75 records hit the Country Album Charts.
In 2009 Dolly was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
In the game of Poker, a hole card combination of a 9 and a 5 is called a 'Dolly Parton', named after the song and the movie 9 to 5.
Dolly first met her future husband Carl Dean at the Wishy Washy laundry mat.
On August 1, 2007 Dolly started her own record label aptly named Dolly Records.
Dolly is the godmother of Miley Cyrus.
In 2007 Dolly was chosen by the Songwriters Hall of Fame to receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer award.
Dolly once lost a Dolly Parton Look-A-Like contest.
Dolly stated that she has stayed clear of big screen acting after having a miserable time filming 1992's 'Straight Talk'. All of her work since has been for TV and appearing in a few films as herself.
Dolly's theme park Dollywood is the most popular and most visited attraction in the state according to Tennessee's Department of Tourist Development.
Dolly was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2006.
In 2006 Dolly became the first non political recipient of the Lindy Boggs Award from The Stennis Center for Public Service.
Dolly was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
Dolly is a distant cousin of screenwriter Richard O'Sullivan
Dolly and her husband Carl Dean helped to raise five of her younger siblings.
In many interviews Dolly has stated that she has penned in excess of 3,000 songs.
Even with her talent for song writing and her impeccable soprano Dolly has stated that she knows she will be remembered mainly for the size of her chest and the outrageous costumes she has chosen to wear throughout her career.
Dolly's New album Backwoods Barbie debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Dolly was awarded a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council (Girl Scouts of the United States of America) on June 15, 2007 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. After accepting the honor in a presentation before 1,000 Girl Scouts at her Dollywood theme park, she led the audience in a recitation of the Girl Scout Promise.
Dolly plays Shirlee Kenyon in the 1992 film Straight Talk.
Dolly plays the role of Jake in the 1984 film Rhinestone.
Dolly played Mona Stangley in the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Dolly played Doralee Rhodes in the 1980 film Nine To Five.
Dolly's parents paid the doctor who delivered her in cornmeal.
On August 21, 2006, Dolly became an honorary citizen of the town of Pitea, in Northern Sweden.
In 1987 Dolly was honored by Ms. Magazine as "Woman of the Year".
Dolly was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986.
In 1978 Dolly became one of the few celebrities to have their own pinball machine.
In 2006, Dolly was awarded the Lindy Boggs Award from The Stennis Center for Public Service. She is currently the only nonpolitical recipient of this award.
Dolly was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
Dolly is partly of Irish decent.
Dolly was ranked number 4 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music.
Dolly was unable to have children because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger.
Dolly's hit I'll Always Love You, was voted the number 1 song on Country Music Television's The 100 Greatest Country Love Songs.
Dolly wears size 5 1/2 shoes.
The world's first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was named after Dolly.
Dolly wrote and sang the song Nine to Five used in the film of the same name that she starred in while she was waiting for filming to start.
Dolly is ranked #34 of the greatest women of Rock N Roll by VH1.
Olivia Newton John sang a cover version of Dolly's number one hit Jolene. The song was also recently covered by Sherrie Austin.
Dolly and husband Carl tried to help Dolly's family out by raising five of her younger brothers and sisters.
Sesame Street made a character based on Dolly. She was blue with blonde hair and her name was Polly Darton.
Dolly was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dolly's father was one of 15 children and her mother was one of 10 children.
Dolly has her own theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It's called Dollywood.
Dolly and her family of 14 grew up in a one room cabin in Tennessee when she was younger.
Dolly has a trade mark which she used on all her logos and its butterflies because to her they represent beauty and freedom.
Dolly married Carl Dean on May 30, 1966 and are still currently married. They have been married for 40 years.
Dolly toured with the band and wrote and sang a song which changed her life it was Joshua. This song was so popular that Dolly's fame overshadowed Porters. She left the band to set out on her own for a solo career.
Dolly was doing small performances when at one of her shows a man named Porter Wagoner caught her show. He was so impressed he hired her instantly to appear on his show titled The Porter Wagoner Show. She stayed on this show for 7 years.
Dolly packed her things after graduation and moved to Nashville to focus on her career.
Dolly attended Sevier High School.
When Dolly was only 13 she was appearing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Dolly was introduced to television at an early age. She was 12 when she first appeared on Knoxville TV.
Dolly was one of thirteen children born to Robert Lee and Avie Lee Paron. However only 12 survived after one of her younger brothers passed away as an infant.
Dolly was born Dolly Rebecca Parton and kept her name even after becoming a star.
Dolly is five foot tall.
Dolly competed (in vain) against Louie Anderson for the hosting job on Family Feud.
According to The National Enquirer, Dolly's 42-inch bosom is insured for $600,000.
Dolly: You have to stay true to your heart and to your dreams.
The night I graduated from Sevier County High School, back in 1964, we were all asked to stand up and talk about what we were going to do with the rest of our lives, and everybody had a different story. When it came my time, I stood right up there. I said, 'I'm going to Nashville, and I'm going to be a star.' Well, the whole place laughed out loud, and I was so embarrassed, because I thought, 'How odd. Why is everybody laughing? Because that is what I'm going to do.'
As bad as I felt at that moment and as embarrassed as I was, it did not shake me from my dreams. So, I guess I showed them, huh? You can do the same.
Of course, you have to be careful. Do not confuse dreams with wishes. There is a difference. Dreams are where you visualize yourself being successful at what's important to you to accomplish. Dreams build convictions, because you work hard to pay the price to make sure that they come true. Wishes are hoping good things will happen to you, but there is no fire in your gut that causes you to put everything forth to overcome all the obstacles.
So, you have to dream more. And never, ever, ever blame somebody else if it doesn't happen. That isn't your department. Yeah, it's true. You'll see more of what I mean as you get out there in the big world.
Dolly: (after postponing her North American tour due to a sore back) Hey, you try wagging these puppies around a while and see if you don't have back problems.
Dolly: (after accepting a lifetime membership into the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council on June 15, 2007) While I was never a Girl Scout myself when I was a kid, I always wanted to be. This great honor lets me live out a dream and to be part of an organization that stands for many of the same values I do and Dollywood does.
Dolly: If you want to see the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly: My husband said 'show me your boobs' and I had to pull up my skirt... so it was time to get them done!
Dolly: I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it's just depressing to me. The poor little kids.
Dolly: I look just like the girls next door... if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
Dolly: Yeah I flirt, I'm not blind and I'm not dead!
Dolly: I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.
Dolly: I have got little feet because nothing grows in the shade.
Dolly: When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next.
Dolly: I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.
Dolly: It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.
Dolly: If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words.
Dolly: You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.
Dolly: I'm not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb. I also know I'm not blonde.
Dolly: The magic is inside you. There ain't no crystal ball.
Dolly: My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order.
Dolly: Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly: We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Dolly: If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.
Dolly: Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
Dolly: There's a heart beneath the boobs and a brain beneath the wig.
Dolly: I describe my look as a blend of mother goose, cinderella, and the local hooker