For over a decade, Dolly Parton has remained a worldwide sensation but her path to fame was filled with many trials including a clash with the late Elvis Presley.
Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, and actress best known for her achievements in the music industry as a country singer. The blonde beauty has dominated the entertainment industry for over a decade but the price of fame didn't come cheap.
In the 70s, Parton's song "I Will Always Love You" reached No.1 on the country music charts and her newfound popularity caught the eye of Elvis Presley. However, their brief relationship broke Parton's heart.
Singer Dolly Parton at an interview on November 30, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
When Presley's team called Parton and told her the icon wished to record her song, the country singer was over the moon with joy as she admired Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
However, before she had the chance to meet her idol, his manager, Col. Tom Parker asked Parton to sign over half the rights to her hit song.
When she refused, the plans were canceled and this broke Parton's heart. But her decision paid off in 1992 when Whitney Houston performed "I Will Always Love You" for the movie "The Bodyguard." her rendition of the song made Parton millions.
HER SIGNATURE LOOK
Parton is known for her trademark blonde hair and unique makeup but in her memoir, "Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics," the icon revealed that her signature look didn't begin until she appeared on "The Porter Wagoner Show."
Her love for large hairdos and makeup began in her teen years from pictures in "Frederick's of Hollywood catalogs." This inspired her to create her trademark look with various wigs while she was on Wagoner's show.
In April 2020, the 74-year-old contributed to the coronavirus research with a hefty donation of $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Parton announced the news with a post on Instagram and implored others to contribute to the research.
Her contributions as well as the effort of both Vanderbilt and the National Institute of Allergy led to the creation of the Moderna vaccine, which is reportedly 95% effective in preventing the virus.
In October 1978, Parton graced the cover of Playboy magazine in a black bunny costume consisting of black bunny ears, a glittering white bowtie, and pink accessories. The outfit showed off her stunning figure as she flashed a smile for the camera.
After 42 years, the singer wishes to grace the cover once more when she turns 75 and according to sources Playboy magazine has acknowledged her wish.
This will make Parton the second oldest Playboy model after Victoria Valentino, who was the magazine's cover at 77 years old.
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