Dolly's career on stage, TV and films spans decades

Dolly's career on stage, TV and films spans decades

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Dolly has written such country classics as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You." Dolly has written such country classics as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You."

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Country music superstar Porter Wagoner began featuring Dolly Parton on his syndicated TV show in 1967, kicking her career into high gear.

The duo went on to record 14 Top 10 hits together by 1974.

Dolly has written such country classics as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You."

In 1977, Dolly scored a crossover hit with "Here You Come Again," but she assured fans and music industry executives, "I'm not leaving country. I'm just taking it with me."

She went on to win multiple Grammys, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and American Music Awards.

After hearing one of Dolly's songs on the radio, Jane Fonda hired her for her first acting role in the film 9 to 5.

Dolly's feature filmography:

  • 9 to 5 - 1980
  • Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - 1982
  • Rhinestone - 1984
  • Steel Magnolias - 1989
  • Straight Talk - 1992

Dolly established her music publishing company, Velvet Apple Music, early in her career. She owns the copyrights and the publishing for her vast songwriting empire.

She also owns her own record label called Blue Eye Records.

The entertainer established Sandollar Productions, a film and television production company, with former manager, Sandy Gallin.

Sandollar Productions has produced such feature films as Father of the Bride I and II, Straight Talk and the Academy Award-winning (for Best Documentary) Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.

The company also produced, with Fox television, the shows "Babes" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Her 1994 autobiography is called "My Life and Other Unfinished Business."

Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The U.S. Library of Congress gave Dolly its Living Legend Award in 2004, and she received the National Medal of Arts in 2005.

Dolly was also honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her lifetime of contributions to the arts in 2006.

She wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical version of 9 to 5, which opened in 2009.

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