Dolly Parton: The Surprising Life Story of the Queen of Country

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Dolly Parton is a living legend — and not just because she helped make Buffy the Vampire Slayer happen. Her songs (and bedazzled outfits) have captured the hearts of generations and her charitable spirit has brightened the lives of millions.

Few things are more impressive than her list of awards — except maybe her incredible hair. And the fact that she donated $1 million to fund research for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. And that she rejected a bill that proposed installing a statue of her at the Tennessee Capitol in early 2021 because of all the difficult things going on in the world at the time. But before all of the fame, accolades and legions of adoring fans, the "Queen of Country" weathered a real rags-to-riches tale. Here's Dolly Patron's story.