Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton (b. January 19 1946, Sevierville, Tennessee) is a popular US singer, songwriter and actress. She started her entertainment career singing on local radio and TV in Eastern Tennessee. She moved to Nashville in the mid-1960s, and was invited to joined and cohost the Grand Ole Opry with Porter Wagoner. She brought traditional, folkloric elements present both in East Tennessee and popular music, into the Nashville Sound. Despite being typecast in many circles as a "Country and Western" singer, Dolly has had commercial success as a pop singer and actress. Her work of the late 1990s and beyond has moved towards bluegrass and more traditional folk styles.

Dolly is also a shrewd business woman. She has invested large amounts of her earnings into business ventures in East Tennessee, notably Pigeon Forge which includes a theme park named Dollywood, resulting in a thriving tourism industry drawing people from large parts of the southeastern and midwestern US, notably, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. This region of the US, as most other areas of Appalachia, have traditionally been characterized by economic poverty.