Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress and author who never hesitated to talk about her life before she rose to fame. The Queen of the Country has been like an open book when it comes to talking about her childhood. Artist “Jolene”, born January 19, 1946, revealed that she had 11 siblings and grew up in a cabin without electricity or running water. However, even though they had no money, Parton said they “were rich in things that money does not buy.”
Read on to find out what the Parton siblings are up to today and what the country music star’s relationship is with them.
Parton said that her family is very important to her and that she has always remained close to her siblings. The eldest of her parents Avie Lee and Robert Lee was Willadeene, who arrived on March 24, 1940. Because she was the eldest, Willadeene was very helpful to her mother when it came to caring for her siblings. .
Regarding her career, Wiladeene first dabbled in gospel singing, but decided she wanted to write books instead. She is the author of the Parton family memoirs entitled Smoky Mountain Memories: Stories from Parton Family Hearts, as well as a cookbook entitled Chanting all day and dinner in the field.
Stella Mae Parton
Stella was born on May 4, 1949. She followed in the footsteps of the “9 to 5” singer and entered the world of music.
Stella’s single “I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight” was ranked in the Country Top 10 in 1975. Since then she has released numerous albums and had several other Top 20 and Top 40 hits.
Stella has also written cookbooks and appeared in a few TV shows, including her sister’s TV movie. Coat of several colors in 2015. In 2018, she was a candidate for the BBC show Celebrity chef. And in 2021, Stella was a mystery guest on the show Tell the truth.
Cassie Nan Parton
Cassie was born on February 12, 1951 and also had a passion for singing, but she never pursued it. Some people remember seeing her play on the Bearers show in 1970 and on 2013 My people show in Dollywood.
Over the years, Cassie’s main focus has been on her life as a wife and the education of her children.
Randel Huston Parton
Parton’s brother, Randy, was born on December 15, 1953 and, like his sisters, started singing.
He recorded several country singles in the 70s and 80s and performed on stage with Dolly’s band on bass and guitar.
Randy died of cancer on January 21, 2021. He was 67 years old.
Larry Gerald Parton
Parton’s brother, Larry, was born on July 6, 1955. Sadly, he passed away shortly after his birth.
Parton said the loss of her little brother had crushed her and her mother. She also revealed that she and her mother fell into a “deep depression” after Larry’s death.
There is a segment on Larry in Coat of several colors. In it, a 9-year-old version of Dolly sings near her grave.
Floyd Estel Parton
Floyd, born June 1, 1957, also died.
He passed away on December 6, 2018, however, his legacy lives on as he was Parton’s longtime writing partner to write the tracks. “Rockin ‘Years’ from the album Eagle when she flies, “Nickels and Dimes” by Heartbreaker, and “Waltz me to heaven “from Rhinestones.
Freida Estelle Parton
Frieda, also born June 1, 1957, is Floyd’s twin sister.
She used to sing backing vocals to some Parton songs and was a member of an 80s punk rock band. She left the music industry to become an ordained minister.
Rachel Ann Parton
Rachel, born August 31, 1959, is Parton’s younger sister.
She also entered the world of entertainment. First in rock music then in the role of Doralee Rhodes Brooks in the sitcom Nine to five from 1982 to 1988.
Rachel has been married three times, but each of her marriages ended in divorce.
David Wilburn Parton, Coy Denver Parton and Robert ‘Bobby’ Lee Parton Jr.
Not much is known about Parton’s other three brothers. David was born in 1942, Coy in 1943, and Robert Jr. in 1948.
Although they chose to stay away from the spotlight, one of them is believed to have made a career in carpentry. This is because their famous sister once revealed that she asked her brother, who is a carpenter, to work in her family’s old cabin to restore it to how it was when they were children.
“What we tried to do was make it look like it was when we lived there, but we wanted it to be functional. So I spent a few million dollars to make it look like I spent $ 50 there, ”Parton explained during an appearance on The Nate Berkus show. “Even like in the bathroom, I made the bathroom to look like an outhouse.
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