By Roland Stewart | May 26 2022

Dolly Parton is not only one of the greatest country singers of all time, but she’s really put her stamp into pop culture. She’s one of those names that’ll continue to stand the test of time. Here are 6 interesting facts about Dolly Parton.

Her Secret Tattoos

There are rumors that she’s covered in tats. A lot of them are due to her covering up scars from her previous surgeries.

Donated $1 Million to Coronavirus Research

Just a few weeks into the pandemic, Parton decided to donate $1 million to Vanderbilt University in Tennessee to help fund coronavirus research back in April 2020. Later in November 2020, pharmaceutical company Moderna lauded her efforts for funding into the development of the vaccine.

Refused Elvis’ Offer for “I Will Always Love You”

Parton struck it big with her hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Elvis wanted to cover it which would’ve been great, but the thing is he would get entitled to 50% of the royalties in perpetuity. She declined. However, this came to a major payday when Whitney Houston sang the tune for the “Bodyguard” soundtrack.

Opened Dollywood to Help Give People Jobs

The theme park and museum in Pigeon Forge, TN was a great opportunity for those living in the low-income area and gave many people jobs.

Moved Straight to Nashville After High School

Right after high school, she moved to Nashville to help shop her music to the right hands. She skipped college and knew her destiny right from the start.

Secretly Produced “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Parton co-created Sandollar Entertainment with Sandy Gallin in 1986, and they later produced every episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Even though the movie flopped in 1992, Sandollar executive Gail Berman believed in this concept so much to create a series.


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