16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories

In our bitterly divided times, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Dolly Parton is a national treasure. No -- a global one; she did help save all of humanity, after all. Please enjoy this roundup of stories about Dolly’s many, incredible feats (we recommend listening to the inspiring strains of “Vaccine” while doing so).

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She reduced the high school dropout rate in her home county. She told every 7th-Source: The Dollywood Foundation

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - Dolly Parton is one of the people we can thank for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/dolly-parton-buffy-vampire-slayer-producer-sandollar-sandy-gallin-gail-berman-a9481656.html

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She wrote Coat of Many Colors on a dry-cleaning receipt. Source: EnRoute

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - Dolly Parton has given over 130 million books to children. Source: ABC News, CBC

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She loves butterflies, and got a few small butterfly tattoos to cover scars. Source: ABC News, Vulture

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She raised $13 million in a telethon when Tennessee was devastated by Source: The Wave

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She's lost count of how many songs she's written ShE just knows that it's Source: ABC News

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - A big movie failure kinda saved her life. In the '80s, while going through Source: Rolling Stone

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She wrote 9 to 5 using her nails. She wanted to write music while waiting Source: People Magazine

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She created hundreds of jobs for the place she came from. Her theme park, Source: Rolling Stone

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She grew up eating squirrels, groundhogs, turtles, and frogs. She cameSource: Rolling Stone

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She wrote her first song at four or five. It was called Little Tiny Tassel Top, Source: CBC

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - A Tennessee hospital exists thanks to Dolly Parton. LeConte Medica She held Source: WVLT

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She got a radio and TV gig when she was ten. She started playing guitar at Source: Rolling Stone

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - She wrote Jolene and I Will Always Love You' in one day in 1972. That was a Source: Snopes

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16 Badass, Little-Known Dolly Parton Stories - So she can write anywhere, she keeps notebooks and tape recorders throughout Source: Rolling Stone