American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born Dolly Rebecca Parton 19 January 1946, Pittman Center, TN, USA. She made her first record at the age of 11. She played in the movies '9 To 5', 'The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas', 'Steel Magnolias', and 'Straight Talk'. Her composition 'I Will Always Love You', written in 1974, became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston in 1993. In the mid-1980s, she opened her own theme park called 'Dollywood'. Dolly Parton received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award in 2007.