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Her signature blonde hair, dazzling smile, and...ahem...voluptuous proportions have made Dolly Parton one of the most recognizable musicians in the world. But she’s about so much more than her larger-than-life look. Her charming personality, quick wit, tenacious spirit, and remarkable voice have won the hearts of millions worldwide. She’s risen from humble beginnings in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to become one of the most glamorous and successful country singers of all time.

And while a lot of famous singers shoot to stardom in their youth and fizzle out later in their careers, the Queen of Country isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, now that she’s in the sixth decade of her career, the 73-year-old is just warming up. The Grammy’s will pay special tribute to her this year, honoring her as the first country-music artist to be named the MusiCares Person of the Year, with a slew of musicians lining up to perform her songs. And she recently collaborated with producer Linda Perry on the soundtrack for Netflix’s Dumplin’, co-writing six original compositions and executive producing the album.

Singer, composer, producer, actress, author and philanthropist — Parton does it all. She’s also inspired generations, her story of motivation and fearlessness blazing a trail for hardworking women everywhere. Let’s take a look at some things you might not have known about the legendary Iron Butterfly and highlights from her incredible rags-to-riches story.