Nation music legend and style icon Dolly Parton turns 72 years old

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Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait by her tour bus before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

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PHOTOS: The longevity of Dolly Parton

Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait by her tour bus before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

See more photos of Dolly through the years…

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PHOTOS: Dolly Parton through the years

 

Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in circa 1972.

 

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PHOTOS: Dolly Parton through the years

 

Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in circa 1972.

 

Click through more photos of the pop-culture icon through the years… 

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Photo of Dolly PARTON (Photo by Gems/Redferns)

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American actress and country singer Dolly Parton in London, 1977.

American actress and country singer Dolly Parton in London, 1977.

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Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Country singer Dolly Parton poses during a 1980 portrait session before taking the stage at Ceasar’s Palace in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Country singer Dolly Parton poses during a 1980 portrait session before taking the stage at Ceasar’s Palace in South Lake Tahoe, California.

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Photo of Dolly PARTON (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Photo of Dolly PARTON (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

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Photo of Dolly Parton Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Photo of Dolly Parton Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait session in 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait session in 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

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Country icon Dolly Parton. October 1978

Country icon Dolly Parton. October 1978

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas — (R) Jewel (THERESA MERRITT) helps Miss Mona (DOLLY PARTON) keep order in the best little whorehouse in Texas.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas — (R) Jewel (THERESA MERRITT) helps Miss Mona (DOLLY PARTON) keep order in the best little whorehouse in Texas.

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Lou Ferrigno and Dolly Parton 

Lou Ferrigno and Dolly Parton 

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Lou Ferrigno and Dolly Parton

Lou Ferrigno and Dolly Parton

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This June 20, 1984, file photo, shows from left, Morris Gibb, Dolly Parton, and Robin Gibb, on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America Show” in New York. A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb has died at the age of 62.  less

This June 20, 1984, file photo, shows from left, Morris Gibb, Dolly Parton, and Robin Gibb, on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America Show” in New York. A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb … more

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Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in publicity portrait for the film ‘Nine To Five’, 1980.

Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in publicity portrait for the film ‘Nine To Five’, 1980.

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After her performance at the Bottom Line, American Country musician Dolly Parton hugs British rocker Mick Jagger backstage, New York, New York, May 14, 1977.

After her performance at the Bottom Line, American Country musician Dolly Parton hugs British rocker Mick Jagger backstage, New York, New York, May 14, 1977.

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After her concert at the Bottom Line, musician Dolly Parton hugs comedian John Belushi during a party at Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Center, New York, New York, May 14, 1977.

After her concert at the Bottom Line, musician Dolly Parton hugs comedian John Belushi during a party at Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Center, New York, New York, May 14, 1977.

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Singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton poses for a portrait during the cover session for her album ‘Heartbreaker’ on February 15, 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

Singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton poses for a portrait during the cover session for her album ‘Heartbreaker’ on February 15, 1978 in Los Angeles, California.

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Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers 

Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers 

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Jane Fonda, from left, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton play the three coworkers planning revenge on their overbearing boss (Dabney Coleman) in the movie version of 9 to 5.

Jane Fonda, from left, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton play the three coworkers planning revenge on their overbearing boss (Dabney Coleman) in the movie version of 9 to 5.

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Sylvester Stallone points to Dolly Parton in a scene from the film ‘Rhinestone’, 1984.

Sylvester Stallone points to Dolly Parton in a scene from the film ‘Rhinestone’, 1984.

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LOS ANGELES – CIRCA 1975: Country singer Dolly Parton performs onstage wearing a yellow dress in circa 1975 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES – CIRCA 1975: Country singer Dolly Parton performs onstage wearing a yellow dress in circa 1975 in Los Angeles, California.

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Dolly Parton 1977 in London, California. 

Dolly Parton 1977 in London, California. 

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Dolly Parton performing on stage. 

Dolly Parton performing on stage. 

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Country Singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

Country Singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Country Singer Dolly Parton poses for a portraitby her tour bus before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

Country Singer Dolly Parton poses for a portraitby her tour bus before performing in September 1977 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Dolly Parton narrates “Coat of Many Colors,” a film based on her early life growing up in Tennessee.

Dolly Parton narrates “Coat of Many Colors,” a film based on her early life growing up in Tennessee.

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Beyonce surpasses Dolly Parton to become the most Grammy-nominated female. Beyonce has 51; Parton has 46.

Beyonce surpasses Dolly Parton to become the most Grammy-nominated female. Beyonce has 51; Parton has 46.

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Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Kenny Rogers have recorded “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”

Singers Dolly Parton, left, and Kenny Rogers have recorded “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”

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Dolly Parton promotes her new album ‘Blue Smoke’ at the Today Show on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Webster PR)

Dolly Parton promotes her new album ‘Blue Smoke’ at the Today Show on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Webster PR)

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Paul Williams, Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson during The Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards Induction at The Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.

Paul Williams, Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson during The Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards Induction at The Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.

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Dollywood is a theme park owned by country music superstar Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment located in Nashville, Tenn. Rather than the traditional day-trip experience you’re used to from regular theme parks, Dollywood is going for a “complete getaway” appeal, where families can retreat from the hustle and bustle of their home life and sleep near big billboards featuring Dolly Parton. less

Dollywood is a theme park owned by country music superstar Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment located in Nashville, Tenn. Rather than the traditional day-trip experience you’re used to from regular … more

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Dolly Parton promotes her new album “Blue Smoke” at the Today Show on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Webster PR)

Dolly Parton promotes her new album “Blue Smoke” at the Today Show on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Webster PR)

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Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke” is a return in tone to her rootsy, back-to-basics albums.

Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke” is a return in tone to her rootsy, back-to-basics albums.

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Singer Dolly Parton Performs at Agua Caliente Casino on January 24, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, California. 

Singer Dolly Parton Performs at Agua Caliente Casino on January 24, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, California. 

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In this June 29, 2010 file photo released by CBS, host David Letterman kisses the hand of country music singer Dolly Parton on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York. 

In this June 29, 2010 file photo released by CBS, host David Letterman kisses the hand of country music singer Dolly Parton on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York. 

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Dolly Parton, left, and Queen Latifah star in “Joyful Noise.”

Dolly Parton, left, and Queen Latifah star in “Joyful Noise.”

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Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton in the film adaptation of the musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Parton played the Mona Stangley, the character inspired by Edna Milton Chadwell.

Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton in the film adaptation of the musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Parton played the Mona Stangley, the character inspired by Edna Milton Chadwell.

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Portrait of American musician Dolly Parton at the Hyatt Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 1984.

Portrait of American musician Dolly Parton at the Hyatt Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 1984.

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Today legendary country star Dolly Parton turns 72 years old. She’s known for her distinctive voice, build, and that blonde hedge of hair that seems to climb closer to God as the years go by.

Born in 1946, Parton began her musical career picking on a guitar in her family’s bare bones home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

RELATED: Dolly Parton reveals the hilarious reason she never had kids

She began performing songs in front of audiences at just 10 years old. She turned 18 and moved to Nashville for good.

“Probably the best birthday I ever had was when I turned 18, because I had been traveling back and forth to Nashville all those years before, and I knew my Daddy would send a posse after me if I left before I was 18,” she says on her website.

 

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Dolly always says it best. We can’t get enough of the way this woman thinks and speaks!

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The rest is country music history, likely blaring out of a dive bar jukebox or a classic country radio station somewhere. You’ve woken up to “9 to 5” and probably broken up to “I Will Always Love You” at some point.

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By her count she says she’s written thousands of songs.

Earlier this week the she earned accolades from the Emmys, the Guinness World Records camp, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Guinness folks recognized her for having the “Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart” and “Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist”.

The Emmys (namely the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) honored her for her 2016 telethon, Smoky Mountains Rise, which raised money for Tennesseans impacted by wildfires.

Dolly Parton in concert at NRG Arena on December 5, 2016.  Photo: Gary Fountain, Gary Fountain/For The Chronicle / Copyright 2016 Gary Fountain

Photo: Gary Fountain, Gary Fountain/For The Chronicle

Dolly Parton in concert at NRG Arena on December 5, 2016. 

The RIAA awarded her with four plaques this week, including gold records for “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You”. Additionally her song “9 to 5” earned a platinum award for over 1 million streams and downloads.

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Since Whitney Houston’s recording of the Parton-penned “I Will Always Love You” just racked up 3 million streams and downloads, she got another plaque for that.

She’s also Miley Cyrus’ godmother. By the way Miley does a great version of “Jolene” in her own right.

Fun fact: Parton once entered a Dolly look-alike contest and lost. Imagine that.

Craig Hlavaty is a reporter for Chron.com and . He’s an intolerable native Texan with too much ink in his skin and too much brisket stuck in his teeth.

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