Who Is Country Music Legend Dolly Parton’s Husband?

Few entertainers have touched as many lives or endured in the business as long as Dolly Parton. Since the mid-1960s, the county music legend has been a mainstay in pop culture. Hits like “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “Coat of Many Colors” have made Parton an iconic performer. But her personal life remains private. Here’s what fans know about Parton‘s longtime husband.

Dolly Parton attends MusiCares Person of the Year in 2019
Dolly Parton attends MusiCares Person of the Year in 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Young Dolly Parton has only married once

Born on Jan. 19, 1946, Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tenn. And as of the fourth of 12 children, family has always been of the utmost importance. Parton has brought the same importance to her marriage. In 1966, she wed Carl Thomas Dean — another Tennessee native — and the couple has been together ever since.

“We’re really very proud of our marriage. It’s the first for both of us. And the last,” Parton once told the Toronto Sun. More than 50 years after they said “I do,” the couple is still going strong. They even renewed their views in 2016 for their 50th anniversary. Especially in the entertainment industry, Parton’s strong marriage stands out as an impressive feat of its own.

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Who is the singer’s husband, Carl Thomas Dean?

Despite her many decades of wedded bliss, Parton has occasionally had to confirm that, yes, her husband does exist. Certainly, the singer has made an effort to keep her personal life out of the public eye. But Dean — for those still doubting — is very much a real person. He simply prefers to stay out of the spotlight, often not even accompanying his wife to public events.

All Parton’s fans know about him has come directly from the singer herself. She once revealed Dean — who is retired from the asphalt road-paving business — has only seen her perform once. And she will occasionally drop a romantic nugget teasing their life together. For instance, Dean apparently has been known to write poems for his famous wife.

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What is Dolly Parton’s net worth as of 2020?

Due to her sustained success in the business, Parton carries a reported net worth of $600 million. This accounts for not only her music career but also her other business ventures. She has also appeared in several movies over the years. Most notably, she starred opposite Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in 1980’s 9 to 5 and with Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine in 1989’s Steel Magnolias. Her most recent film role was in 2012’s musical Joyful Noise.

She also has worked behind the scenes producing TV shows and movies for years. In fact, many Parton devotees would be interested to know her company, Sandollar Productions, was behind TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, of course, there’s The Dollywood Company, which Parton co-owns. The company operates the Dollywood theme park, a dinner theater, a water park, and other attractions. Dollywood remains extremely popular.