It's hard to believe, but, if she wanted to, Dolly Parton could officially retire today.  She has reached the big 6-5.  But, I have a feeling nothing is going to slow the lady down much.

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946.  She's been a successful singer and business woman, and, let's face it, she helped make Porter Waggoner a star.  She took off on her own career as a solo act but gained her initial success as a songwriter.

As a business woman, she's hard to top.  Grab a quick look at her website and you'll see some of her major projects on the home page.  But, just for convenience, let me list some for you:  Splash Country Water Park, Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, Dolly Records, Pirate's Voyage, and probably the source of her most personal pride:  Dollywood.

Oh, by the way, she can act.  Dolly Parton has appeared in movies like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias and Straight Talk.   And, as we told you earlier, she has been having success with her latest movie Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah.

One of the most endearing qualities she has is an absolute ability to laugh at herself and the "trashy" persona she has culitvated over the years.  She "gets it" today just as she did when she first started her career.  Her voice has a range that puts her in the upper echelons of music talent.  And, by the way, She had a hit with I will Always Love You long before the also talented Whitney Huston blew it up to the monster it became.  Not a bad life, so far..

So, yeah, I'm an unabashed fan and would like to join her millions of fans in wishing her the very, very best on her 65th birthday today.  May we enjoy her contributions for years to come.

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