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All The Things You Need To Know About Dolly Parton

1. Her Father Paid The Doctor Who Delivered Her With A Bag Of Cornmeal
Parton was born in 1946 in a one-room cabin on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center, a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. 

She’s described her family as being “dirt poor.” They were so poor that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. But she still talks about it as being a happy time. "All that I am comes from those mountains where I was born and raised," she writes in Guideposts.