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7 Facts That Prove Dolly Parton Is Indeed a National Treasure

She donated almost 200 million children’s books and wrote 2 greatest hit songs in just one day. Dolly Parton broke 3 Guinness Records and was inducted into various Halls of Fame. She manages to combine a career as a singer-songwriter with acting, and runs her own theme park. Her productivity has become legendary. But what else do you know about her?

1. Family values are important to Dolly.

Dolly is happily married to her husband Carl Dean. They have the sweetest love story. The couple met at a laundromat in Nashville in 1964 and tied the knot in 1966. In 2016, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding by renewing their vows.

Carl doesn’t like publicity and he rarely accompanies his wife to any events. He ran his own asphalt-laying business and then retired. Parton notes their complementary personalities and their independence as a key to their long-lasting love. They don’t have children but have numerous younger relatives to take care of. Parton is also the godmother to Miley Cyrus.

2. She provided millions of free books for kids.

Dolly’s father couldn’t read and write, so she knew all the benefits of literacy through the experience of her family. In the 1990s, she launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library — a charity project helping kids under 5 get free access to books. Now the program works in 5 countries and gifts children over a million free books monthly. The total number of books gifted has reached 193 million.

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world,” Dolly shared.

3. Dolly helps people in need.

A woman with a big heart, Dolly never forgets what it’s like to be in need. This country icon supports numerous charitable initiatives. She finances the construction of medical centers and donates funds for the elaboration of vaccines and the fight against AIDS and other serious diseases. Parton has also aided the victims of wildfires and organizes charity concerts to raise funds for good causes.

Dolly’s theme park, Dollywood, stands among the best employers, giving jobs and a variety of benefits to a previously depressed region’s residents.

4. She rescues animals too.

It seems that Dolly manages to find time to care for every living creature, despite her tight schedule. She makes a significant contribution to helping preserve bald eagles. The singer’s theme park, Dollywood, hosts a large presentation of birds. Eagles are kept in properly equipped 30,000-square-foot aviary houses and receive care and rehabilitation.

5. Dolly has set world records.

Dolly, being the favorite of millions at the age of 76, once again proves that age is just a number. At the end of 2021, the singer-songwriter won her third Guinness World Record. She broke the records for female artists for the most decades (7) and the most #1 hits (25) on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs Chart. Parton also broke her own record for most hits (now 109) on this chart.

“I had no idea that I would be in the Guinness World Records this many times! I am flattered and honored. I’ve had a lot of people help me get here. Thanks to all of you and all of them for helping me have all of this,” Dolly shared.

6. She has a great sense of humor.

Dolly is worth another Guinness Record for her quick, often self-deprecating jokes and sharp sense of humor. Parton once revealed that she and her husband often joke that the secret of their long-lasting marriage lies in her being constantly on the road touring. She easily fends off teasing about her appearance, saying, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.”

Once, the country star decided to have fun and took part in a drag-queen Dolly lookalike contest. Surprisingly Dolly got the least applause and lost the competition. The contestants didn’t even know they were competing against the real Dolly. So, if you’re having a bad day, remember that once Dolly Parton entered a Dolly lookalike contest and lost to a fabulous drag-queen.

7. Dolly’s productivity is simply fantastic.

Dolly seems to have extra hours in her day in order to keep up with the tremendous volume of work she accomplishes. It’s known that the legend of country music wrote 2 of her absolute hits “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” in one day. She has already released 52 studio albums, and Parton isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

The singer-songwriter continues to work on new music, runs a business, does charity work, and continues to look cheerful and full of energy. The 76-year-old star shared the secret of her impeccable appearance. Every day she wakes up at 3 a.m. and dedicates time to her beauty routine.

Dolly Parton is a person with a big heart and legendary willpower. It seems that she manages to do thousands of things at the same time. Do you have your own productivity secrets?

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