From her sky-high hair to her huge personality, there's nothing small time about the legendary Dolly Parton. As one of 12 children, Dolly grew up dirt poor in the Smoky Mountains. Her family lived in a one-room cabin with no electricity or running water.

Still, this little girl had big dreams—and a big voice. By age 10, Dolly was a star on local television and radio. The day after this self-proclaimed "Backwoods Barbie" graduated high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dreams of performing.

See Dolly's life in photos.

In 1967, Dolly got her big break when she joined the popular The Porter Wagoner Show. From there, Dolly became a one-woman empire. She's written more than 3,000 songs, sold more than 100 million albums and topped the charts with 25 number one singles. She's also conquered television, movies and Broadway, and her Dollywood theme park has been thrilling fans for 25 years.


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