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Dolly Parton Has Finally Opened Up About Her 50-Year Marriage, And What She’s Said Is The Sweetest

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Dolly Parton is a true icon and legend of the 70s and 80s. With her down-home Southern charm and personality, Parton continues to perform and has legions of fans all over the world. From her country music ballads and duets to acting roles in “9 to 5” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, Parton is synonymous with unparalleled talent and unbound entertainment. While Dolly is loved by millions in and out of Hollywood, she recently opened about her incredible 50+ year marriage. Here is what Dolly said about the greatest accomplishment in her life!

A Match Made in Heaven

Chances are you probably never seen – or never even knew – that Dolly Parton has a husband. His name is Carl Dean, and he is as quiet and reclusive as his wife is confident and loud! The happy couple has been married for well over 50 years, which is truly a great accomplishment and feat for any married couple.

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Dolly’s Musical Aspirations

Dolly always wanted to be on stage – even at a young age. With impeccable singing and acting talent, Parton has had a tremendous amount of luck and success during her illustrious career. In fact, she left for Music City, U.S.A – Nashville, just 24 hours after graduating from high school! Now that is what you call ambition and following your goals and dreams.

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Dolly’s New Home and Beau in Nashville

Dolly loved the energy and essence of Nashville. In fact, this would become her new home – as she began to chase her dreams as a music performer and singer. However, she would also meet a great man named Carl Dean outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat. This was truly a classic –and unexpected –romantic encounter. In fact, the last thing Dolly had on her mind was finding the man of her dreams. The two immediately fell head-over-heels for each other and the rest is history.

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Sunburn and Love

Parton was walking down the street to the Laundromat when Dean stopped her. Her future husband told Dolly that she will get sunburned walking like this. The conversation then ensued and the two quickly began to fall in love.

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Dean and Dolly

Dolly said that she was surprised – but delighted – that Carl talked with her. She said he looked at her face and seemed genuinely interested in finding more about her. The conversation began to get deeper as both future partners began to gaze into each other’s eyes.

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Marriage Time

The young couple began to date soon after. This was truly a romantic escapade right out of a fairy tale novel. They were so compatible and shared the same interests and hobbies as well. In fact, this was a match made in heaven. While they were 18 and 21 when they began dating, it only took them 2 years to decide it was time for marriage.

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Music Label Problems

Dolly’s record label was not happy with the idea of her getting married. In fact, they asked if she could delay her wedding for a while. However, Parton declined and showed her true independent spirit by getting married, In fact, she eloped to Georgia with her finance, Carl. It was this feisty and independent spirit that would make Dolly Parton a musical and entertainment legend.

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A Small but Happy Wedding

Dolly and Carl’s wedding was very small but truly a day of joy and happiness. In fact, the only guests present – at this auspicious occasion were the preacher, preacher’s wife, and the bride’s mother, Avie Lee Parton.

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More of Dolly’s Independent and Non-traditional Spirit

Parton’s wedding was also non-traditional in another aspect. In fact, she did not publicly take her husband’s name. While her passport was changed to read Dolly Parton Dean, she remained Dolly Parton to her growing legion of loyal and new fans. Dolly would later tell the Guardian that it made no sense to change her name since she already had a record deal. In addition, her brand was already established as Dolly Parton, which she wanted to retain moving forward. Besides, her loving husband Carl never asked her to change her name for career purposes as well.

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A World-Famous Singer and Performer

While Dolly did have nominal success at the time of her marriage, little did she or Carl know how successful she would truly become? In fact, by the mid-70s, the young beautiful blonde was topping the charts with hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene”. So popular were these songs that Dolly began to get worldwide recognition and acclaim.

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A Love Ballad for Her Husband

One of Dolly’s most famous songs, “From Here to the Moon and Back”, was actually written for her husband. This is a fact that most die-hard Dolly fans know, and the song features so many touching and captivating lyrics. The song is truly considered one of Parton’s best works, and continues to be a favorite among new and existing fans all over the world.

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A Relationship that has Truly Stood the Test of Time

Sudden thrusts into the spotlight have ended many marriages and relationships in the past. In fact, the onslaught of fame can truly lead to jealousy and miscommunications between couples. This was never the case with Parton and Dean who stood by each other through good and bad times. While Dean was a reclusive businessman in the paving industry –with no desire for fame or fortune – he was and is still there for Parton. In fact, he supports her career and any new projects she wants to take on. Similarly, Dolly has and continues to stand by Dean in the same manner as well.

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Dolly and Dean truly love each other and congratulations to both for being married well over 50 years! This only shows –once again – that love conquers all and is the answer to all of today’s social problems and issues.

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