Known for her distinctive soprano voice, Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist and actress best known for her work in country music. Born on January 19, 1946 at Sevierville, Tennessee, Dolly Parton is the 4th of 12 children. She described her early childhood as being “dirt poor.” However, she grew up gaining success as a country music artist.
Aside from being an artist and actress, Dolly Parton is also a philanthropist. In fact, she instituted the Dollywood Foundation as her base for charity programs. The foundation was set up in 1996 and has a record of allocating over 2.5 million free books to children every year. In 2006, her cookbook-Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter and Lots of Good Food-was published. Its net profits were allocated to the foundation.
Dollywood is known for creating jobs and tax revenues to a region that used to be depressed.
Dolly Parton has also raised funds in behalf of a number of other humanitarian issues and causes that include several HIV/AIDS-related charities and the American Red Cross. In May 2009, Dolly Parton delivered the commencement address for graduates of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Onstage, she imparted her life lessons and encouraged the graduates to keep dreaming.
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