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Dolly Parton in her own words

The veteran singer may be celebrating her 66th birthday but she's showing no signs of letting up - and has just released a new film.

One of 12 children born into a "dirt poor" but loving family in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly's 57-year career has earned her hundreds of millions of dollars and a loyal fanbase the world over. Possessing quick wit, strength and self-awareness, she revels in her image as a silicone-enhanced ditzy blonde, once reminding her public, "It costs a lot to make a person look this cheap."

As well as writing over 3,000 songs, including hits like Nine to Five, Jolene, Islands in the Stream and I Will Always Love You, Dolly has also made her mark in the movies, with her latest big screen offering, Joyful Noise, just released in the US and expected in the UK later this year.

She's a woman with a lot to say - click into the gallery below to see some of her most poignant, amusing and perceptive sayings, song lyrics and movie quotes and let us know what you like best about Dolly on Twitter.

Words: Anna Pollitt

Picture credits: Rex Features



Sorry Mel C, Little Mix don't want you to be their mum

You can be ours though

by Anna Pollitt
26 Oct 2016

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26 Oct 2016

The Alexander McQueen biopic just cast the perfect Hollywood star

Another British bad boy.

by Moya Crockett
26 Oct 2016

Jennifer Garner opens up on co-parenting with ex-husband Ben Affleck

The pair try to teach their children the importance of charity

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Oct 2016

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Blake Lively's birthday tribute to Ciara's big news

by Nicola Colyer
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Life advice from Helen Mirren, “the nastiest of nasty women”

Ignore those who judge by appearances, don’t rush into marriage, and only drink on days ending in 'Y'.

by Moya Crockett
26 Oct 2016

Miss Iceland quits beauty pageant after being ‘told she's too fat’

“I am a very strong woman, but sometimes my strength isn't enough”

by Anna Pollitt
25 Oct 2016

Woman responds in the best way possible to the receipt of a d*ck pic

“Dear Sir, Thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your penis portrait for our consideration”

by Harriet Hall
25 Oct 2016

Lady Gaga and James Corden are a perfect odd couple in Carpool Karaoke

Far from a Bad Romance.

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25 Oct 2016

Serial’s Adnan Syed could be freed on bail while awaiting new trial

He has served over 17 years in prison

by Kayleigh Dray
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