Dolly Parton has been a country music legend for decades, but her husband of 57 years, Carl Dean, is much less well-known.
Dolly enjoys the spotlight (she will co-host the ACM Awards with Garth Brooks on May 11), but her husband, who is seldom seen in public, prefers a more sedate existence. Dolly seldom discusses Carl publicly, but she has teased her followers with hints about him before and even posted a steamy video of herself in a Playboy bunny costume for her longtime boyfriend.
The pair have been married since 1966 before Dolly attained fame and they still reside in the same jaw-dropping mansion in Brentwood, Nashville, that they acquired in 1999 for $400,000. But who was the man behind Dolly’s biggest singles like “Jolene” and “Forever Love,” and what do we know about him? Learn more by reading on…
How Old is Dolly Parton?
Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Tennessee, making her 77 years old. Carl Thomas Dean, her spouse, is three years her senior and turned 81 in July.
How Did Carl Dean and Dolly Parton Meet?
Dolly and Carl originally met on the first day she arrived in Nashville, in 1964, outside of a laundry. Dolly was just 18, and Carl was already 21. In 1966, just before Dolly’s debut record was published, she and her husband tied the knot in Ringgold, Georgia, with just her mother as a witness.
Dolly went on to become a household name in country music, while Carl focused on growing his asphalt company in the years that followed. Even though he was married to Dolly, her husband rarely went to her concerts and had only seen her play a handful of times.
“No, he doesn’t like to do that,” Dolly told Ellen DeGeneres during an interview. “He gets nervous seeing me perform. It’s almost like seeing your kid in a recital. He’s afraid I’ll mess up. Actually, he has seen me a time or two and it did relax him a little. He saw that I do mess up and it’s OK because people are not gonna punish me for it.”
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