Yes, today is Dolly Parton’s 65th birthday! I use to have the biggest crush on her when I was 10 years old and of course that love just grew more when I learned more about girls and their (ahem) “attributes”. Yes, Dolly had some of the largest “attributes” of any Country & Western star at the time. Yes, she did have an incredible voice and many, many, many hit records, it was her top-heavy gifts that were often considered her talent when watching an entertaining hour of Hee-Haw for me. However with the advancements and the popularity of plastic surgery over the past decade she probably doesn’t really stick out in a crowd like the old days.
I think its somewhat sad that in her later years Dolly took the plastic surgery route to retain her good looks. I think she took it to the extreme and today’s Dolly looks rather frightening, nothing like the vintage shot above.
For this blog I feel that posting an image of the more “easy on the eyes” Dolly is the best way to remember her, I think most would agree. Look at Kenny Rogers (Da’ Outlaw and Da’ Gambla’),. that dude took the plastic surgery road as well and has stated that he wishes he had made a U-turn before paying the toll both. If you get a chance Google that dude and you can see that not all plastic surgeons get A’s in medical school, geez! His clearly got a C- in eye lifts, tragic!
I recall that one of bars I frequented in high school and then later in college had the coolest Dolly Parton pinball machine. The bar was called The Palais Royale and still stands today, although it is under new management (gone are the days of Rocky the owner, what a guy!). When I moved back Albany, just after the original owner died and that place was officially closing for good (before it was re-purchased) that pinball machine was still there. I’ve provided a picture so you can see how truly righteous it was.
Despite her poor plastic surgery, Dolly has done a lot of good things with her stardom; specifically establishing a program to encourage and promote childhood literacy in the U.S. , it’s called Dolly’s Imagination Library and it’s a very successful program. Dolly was born dirt poor in a one room cabin in rural Tennessee and was one of 12 kids, so I’m sure she was often went without and feels giving back is the right thing do. She has been lauded for her philanthropy for years and I’m sure she’s a super nice lady, always seemed cool as a kid growing up. Here at HiFi Central we consider Ms. Parton very cool indeed.
Happy Birthday Ms. Parton!