The 58-Year-Old Romantic Story of Dolly Parton Who Proves Love Can Be Eternal

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Current trends change so fast that it’s difficult for celebrities to keep the hearts of their fans for a long time. For example, while one generation couldn’t get enough of ’80s stars, younger people have completely different idols. But there are a few sweethearts who seem to be able to live up to their reputations, and their fans seem to continue to grow year after year.

Her road to success: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Dolly’s family was anything but rich and they had 12 children. To give you an example, the doctor who delivered her was paid with a sack of cornmeal instead of money. But she always dreamed big, her first audience was farm animals to whom she sang songs, imagining how she would be singing to real fans.

Her family noticed how serious she was about music, so her uncle taught her how to play the guitar and took her to different places to sing. With such dedication and trust in herself, Dolly was on TV before she owned one.

While working hard to climb the ladder of fame step by step, a lot of attention was drawn to her style, which is often associated with daring clothes. Drawn to bright colors, sparkles, and sky-high hair, she herself joked that it costs a lot of money to look this cheap.

Behind her sparkling style, there’s a very genuine personality.

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Don’t be distracted by her glamorous look, there’s a very sweet people-person hiding behind it. As she wrote in one of her songs “I’m just a Backwoods Barbie in a push-up bra and heels. I might look artificial, but where it counts I’m real.”

She genuinely loves people, and they feel it. One man who couldn’t help but fall in love with her became her life-long love. She was just 18 at the time they met, and last year they celebrated 58 years of being together. They seem to have such different personalities, and yet almost every aspect of Dolly and Carl’s character compliments the other.

Her secret to a lifelong marriage

“Find you a partner who will support you like my Carl Dean does!” she wrote on her Instagram page. They’ve loved and cared for each other without forgetting the importance of each other’s independence. While her partner prefers to stay out of the spotlight, they both enjoy spending time together and just being simple, being themselves.

She tries to bring a positive change into the world.

Dolly uses the power she has over people to make a positive change. For example, the Dollywood foundation came up with a plan to start to improve the lives of young people with the help of a buddy program. In addition to this, Dolly offered to personally pay every student who graduated from high school if both the student and their buddy graduated. The dropout rate plummeted from 30% to 6%.

Lately, her amusement park was called one of the best midsize employers in the US. No wonder she was on the list of the 100 of the most influential people of 2021 by Forbes. On this occasion, a sweet tribute was written by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, where Miley reminded us that Dolly’s reputation isn’t based on wigs and silicone, she guides people, and she does it with pride.

Please note: This article was updated in February 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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I love Dolly Parton, she's an incredibly giving woman. She has the kindest and most charitable heart. Bless her and may she continue to be loved as she gives so much of herself.


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