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Dolly Parton introduced herself to the country music charts in 1967, at the age of 21, with her debut album "Hello, I'm Dolly."
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A successful partnership with Porter Wagoner, the host of the television show of the same name, put her on the national stage.
Forty albums have followed, including a succession of No. 1 hits, awards and high-profile performances on television and film.
She's almost as famous for her image as her vast array of hits. Striking sculptured hair, bright lashings of eye shadow caked on a face that she has admitted in the past owes a lot to modern surgery, and always very high heels.
In 1986, Parton's megastar status was confirmed with the opening of her own theme park "Dollywood." In 2001, a water park, "Dollywood's Splash Country," opened next door.
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