Then/Now: Dolly Parton

The iconic country star through the years, from Smoky Mountain young 'un to seasoned diva!

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    The busty blonde singer-songwriter has been entertaining us for over decades. Let's look back on her colorful career. Click through to see Dolly go from Nashville to Hollywood, to Broadway (and back). At left, Oscar presenter Dolly works the red carpet at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. It's hard to believe she's 64! (REUTERS)
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    Dolly speaks at the grand opening of Dolly Parton's Trinkets & Treasures store in Nashville, Tenn. on March 12, 2010.  (AP)
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    Dolly with the cast of her hit play "9 to 5: The Musical": Megan Hilty (L), Allison Janney and Stephanie J. Block (R). The ladies appeared during the 63rd annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York in June of 2009.  Dolly wrote the songs for the musical, based on the movie she starred in. (REUTERS)
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    Dolly with her fellow 2006 Kennedy Center honorees Zubin Mehta, Stephen Spielberg, Smokey Robinson, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  (AP)
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    Dolly in 2006

    Parton smiles during an interview in Toronto on Nov. 21, 2006. The singer went to Canada to launch a literacy program and to work on songs for an album and her a Broadway version of the movie "Nine To Five."  (AP)
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    Grand Ole Opry host Dolly stands by Donald Rumsfeld as he thanks the audience for their support of the troops in Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. (AP)
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    Dolly with her Lifetime Achievement Award

    The country singer receives the Tennessee Arts Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award, in Nashville in 2003.  (AP)
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    The singers get together on stage in 2003. (AP)
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    Dolly at the Capitol Fourth Concert

    Parton rehearses for the Capitol Fourth 2003 Concert in Washington, DC. (AP)
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    The star models a patriotic costume on stage. (AP)
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    One of the most successful female artists in the history of country music, Parton has earned the title "The Queen of Country Music." (AP)
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    Dolly poses at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony in Universal City, California in 2000. (AP)
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    Dolly has performed on a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades. (AP)
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    Dolly has been married to the same man since she was 20 years old, although her husband is very rarely seen. (AP)
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    Dolly had her own signature line of wigs in the early 1990s.  (AP)
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    Dolly's duet with Kenny, "Islands in the Stream," spent two weeks at number one in 1983.
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    Dolly on the Big Screen

    The singer branched out into acting with a role in the 1980 hit movie "9 to 5." The song by the same name that Parton wrote for the film won a Grammy.
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    "I Will Always Love You" was one of Dolly's many 80s hits. Between 1981 and 1985, she had 12 Top 10 hits on the country charts; half of those were number-one singles.
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    Dolly performs in Nashville.
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    Parton began performing as a child, singing on local radio and television programs in East Tennessee. At 13, she was signed to a small label. Her first country single, "Dumb Blonde," reached number twenty-four on the country-music charts in 1967.
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    Dolly was born in Seviervill, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children.
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    Dolly's Early Head Shot

    One of Dolly's early promotional shots. The day after she graduated from high school in 1964, Parton moved to Nashville.
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