Dolly Rebecca Parton, the iconic country star who has kept the charts on fire for almost five decades with hits including 'Jolene', '9 To 5' and 'Higher and Higher' is celebrating her 70th birthday on Tuesday 19 January.

Born in 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee, to parents Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee (née Owens), Dolly Parton was the fourth of 12 children. Performing from an early age, she sang on local radio stations and television programs in the eastern Tennessee area.

Parton has since become a prominent fixture in music history. Her first album, 1967's Hello, I'm Dolly, launched what was to become an incredibly successful career in the music and film industry.

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Hello, I'm Dolly, Dolly Parton's first album, released in February 1967Monument Records
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Jolene was Parton's 13th album, released in 1974RCA Victor Records
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Country music queen Dolly Parton in London, May 1977Getty Images

Parton toured extensively from the late 1960s until the early 1990s. At the start of her touring period, she was a member of Porter Wagoner's roadshow alongside musicians such as Linda Ronstadt and George Jones. In 1974, Parton formed her own "Travelin' Family Band", made up largely of siblings, cousins, and other family members, while touring with singers such as Mac Davis and Willie Nelson.

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Heartbreaker, released in 1978, was Parton's 20th album releaseRCA Victor Records
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9 to 5 and Odd Jobs - Dolly Parton's 23rd album, released in 1980RCA Victor Records
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Dolly Parton as Truvy Jones in Steel Magnolias, 1989TriStar Pictures

Dolly Parton first entered the film industry in the 1970s and has been credited for both her contribution to movie soundtracks and for her acting – have seen her receive Grammy Awards and Oscar nominations. Her first Academy Award nomination was in 1981 for the film 9 to 5' in the best music, original song category.

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The cast of the 1989 film Steel Magnolias from left: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaineTriStar Pictures
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Dolly Parton as Shirlee Kenyon in Straight Talk, 1992Hollywood Pictures, Sandollar Productions, Touchwood Pacific Partners
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Dolly Parton waves to the crowd gathered across the street from Radio City Music Hall, 1994Getty Images
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Dolly Parton accepting an award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 32nd Annual Awards at Sheraton New York Hotel, 2001Getty Images
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Singer Dolly Parton poses with a pair of Solstice sunglasses at the Distinctive Assets 'Women in Rock' talent gift lounge, backstage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, 2003Getty Images
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Singer Dolly Parton performs at the MTV Networks UpFront at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 2004
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Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton perform at the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 2005Getty Images

Having spent a total of 20 weeks in the top 40 chart in the UK, the Official Charts Company named Parton's 1974 single Jolene the singer's most downloaded song of all time. Parton continues to perform to this day, drawing crowds of an estimated 100,000 when she performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2014, one of the biggest crowds the festival has ever seen.

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Dolly Parton performs during the 'Better Day' world tour opener at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, 2011Getty Images
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Dolly Parton performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza, 2014Getty Images
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Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple 7th Annual Gift Of Music. Night one of two sold out shows at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, 2015Getty Images