Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946)

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, businesswoman and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I'm Dolly, which led to success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), before her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.

Parton's albums in the 1990s did not sell as well, but she achieved  commercial success again in the new millennium and has released albums  on various independent labels since 2000, including her own label, Dolly  Records.

She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Outside of her work in the music industry, she also co-owns The Dollywood Company, which manages a number of entertainment venues

including the Dollywood theme park, the Splash Country water park, and a number of dinner theatre venues including The Dolly Parton Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

She has founded a number of charitable and philanthropic organizations, the chief among which is the Dollywood Foundation,

which manages a number of projects to bring education and poverty relief to East Tennessee where she grew up.