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Born in Sevier County, country music legend Dolly Parton was the fourth of twelve children in a family of sharecroppers. She used her musical talents from a young age to improve her family’s circumstances. First appearing on Knoxville television and radio stations at ten years old, Parton made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry three years later. After high school, she moved to Nashville, where she appeared on The Porter Wagoner Show. She later briefly hosted her own variety show, Dolly, where she wore this pantsuit. Over the course of her career, she has become a music and cultural icon known for both her artistry and philanthropy. She has received numerous accolades including 25 number one songs, 41 top ten albums, and 47 Grammy nominations with nine wins.
Gallery: Tennessee Transforms
Accession Number: 1918.104.22.168
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