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->''Workin' 9 to 5,\\
What a way to make a livin,\\
Barely gettin' by,\\
It's all takin' and no givin'\\
They just use your mind,\\
And they never give you credit,\\
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.''
-->"9 to 5"

'''Dolly Rebecca Parton''' (born January 19, 1946) is a CountryMusic singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman with over 3,000 songwriting credits to her name. The fourth of 12 children, Parton began singing in her childhood, working on Porter Wagoner's radio show. After a couple of singles on Monument Records, she was signed to Creator/RCARecords in 1968. A few modest hits came in the next couple of years, followed by the Number One "Joshua" in 1970. She stayed with RCA through the [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and into the [[TheEighties 1980s]], then switched to Creator/ColumbiaRecords and stayed there until 1995. In her career, Parton charted 25 Number One singles, counting two different versions of her SignatureSong "I Will Always Love You". Also included in her total is a duet with Music/BradPaisley, "When I Get Where I'm Going", which in early 2006 made Parton the oldest female artist to chart a Number One country song. Of course, Parton has earned several awards just for her music, including seven Grammy Awards. Her songs "9 to 5" and "Travelin' Thru" were both nominated for Academy Awards.

But her career is far more than just singing. Parton has starred in the movies ''Film/NineToFive'' and ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'', both of which earned her Golden Globe nominations. She has also starred in several television series, mostly in cameo or performing roles.

Parton is known for her campy, big-breasted image, as well as joking about her large amounts of plastic surgery. But underneath it all, she has a really big... [[LastSecondWordSwap heart]], including several philanthropic efforts and even her own theme park, Dollywood (which is in itself something of a philanthropic effort, bringing a large amount of money and jobs to the chronically poverty-stricken Appalachian region.)

'''Albums with their own page on TV Tropes'''
* ''Music/CoatOfManyColors'' (1971)
!Tropes present in her work:
* BuxomIsBetter: Perhaps the MostTriumphantExample. And despite the large amount of surgery she's gotten elsewhere, are 100% real.
* CommonMeter: The verses to "Yellow Roses".
* CoverVersion: A fairly good bluegrass version of Collective Soul's "Shine", for one.
* DragQueen: Dolly has stated before that were she born a man, she has no doubt she would be a drag queen. She's also a huge supporter of any queens who lip sync her in their act.
* DumbBlonde: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes, because I know I'm not dumb. And I'm [[LampshadeHanging not blonde]]." ("Dumb Blonde" was also the title of Parton's first hit, from 1967.)
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Parton clicked her fingernails together rhythmically on "9 to 5" to simulate the sound of a RhythmTypewriter.
* HappilyMarried: Still with her first husband since 1966.
* IAmSong: "Backwoods Barbie", written for ''9 to 5: The Musical'' and recorded by Dolly herself.
* RealityIsUnrealistic / YourCostumeNeedsWork: She once ''lost'' a Dolly Parton lookalike contest, and even better, the other competitors were {{Drag Queen}}s. She says that they probably thought she was a gay midget since she was so much shorter than the rest of them.
** She once joked that it "costs a lot of money to look this cheap."
* RereleaseTheSong: She re-released "I Will Always Love You" in 1982, eight years after the original. Both versions went to #1 on the country charts, making it the only country song to top the charts twice for the same artist. She cut it a third time in 1995 with Music/VinceGill and, although it was never officially released as a single, it went to #15. Music/WhitneyHouston's cover is ''still'' the [[CoveredUp more famous version]], and Dolly herself loved it.
* SelfDeprecation: Is perfectly willing to joke about her appearance and her breast size.
* SesameStreetCred: She is, in real life, the godmother of former Creator/DisneyChannel star Music/MileyCyrus, and has appeared numerous times on ''Series/HannahMontana'' as [[TheDanza Aunt Dolly]].
* StylisticSuck: Essentially what her signature looks boils down to. She even once told Anderson Cooper that she specifically based it on a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold woman of ill repute]] who she knew growing up.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "I Will Always Love You".
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: In 1982, she released a single titled "Everything's Beautiful (In ''It's'' Own Way)."
* YourCheatingHeart: "Jolene," a rare instance of the song being from the point of view of the person about to be cuckolded.