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40 Photos of Dolly Parton Through the Years to Take a Trip Through Country Music History

Dolly Parton isn't just a hugely popular country music star — she's an institution. Her first album, Hello, I'm Dolly came out in 1967, and she's been breaking records and winning awards ever since. Parton has topped the Billboard charts 25 times, earning 25 Recording Industry Association of America-certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. Over her career, she's earned 41 top-10 country albums, 110 charted singles, nine Grammy Awards (of 47 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. She's also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

You probably know her music, but Parton has a very private personal life. Born in 1946 the fourth of 12 siblings, her first home was a one-room cabin in East Tennessee. She and her husband Carl Thomas Dean have been married for more than 50 years, although he rarely accompanies her in public. While she doesn't have any biological children, she helped raise several of Dean's siblings. Dolly is also Miley Cyrus's "fairy" godmother, not to mention the godmother of country music in general. Take a trip down memory lane with a look back at the life and times of Dolly Parton.

40 Photos of Dolly Parton Through the Years to Take a Trip Through Country Music History

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