There was a time in America, an awful time of bad clothes, bad drugs, bad presidents, and bad mustaches, known as the 1970s, when Dolly Parton was the living punchline to a running national joke about big boobs and dumb blondes. Four and half decades later, nobody’s laughing at Dolly Parton any more. Circa now, Dolly Parton is a country icon, a feminist icon, a gay icon, and a living testimonial to the Picture Of Dorian Gray-like power of plastic surgery, in the right surgeon’s skilled hands and on the right face, to do less harm than good. Long may she blonde. As per Wikipedia:
Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million worldwide. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Bruce Springsteen for the most Grammy nominations and placing her in tenth place overall. In 1999, Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, notably “I Will Always Love You” (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston). She is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.
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