Dollywood
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Dolly's 150-acre theme park, Dollywood, is Tennessee's top tourist destination. When Dolly first bought property for the park near the Smoky Mountains, her financial advisers advised her against it. Now, the park is celebrating its 25th anniversary. "Needless to say, I don't have those business people anymore," she says.

Dollywood has also allowed Dolly to give back to causes she's passionate about. Proceeds from the park benefit the Dollywood Foundation, which in turn funds Dolly's Imagination Library. "It's a literacy program I started in my hometown many years ago," she says. "We started giving books to children from the time they're born, once a month, till they go to kindergarten. And then it started all over Tennessee. The government got involved, and now it's all over the United States."

FROM: Fridays Live: $266 Million Lottery Winner and Living Legend Dolly Parton
Published on May 14, 2010

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