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12 Things You Didn’t Know About Dolly Parton And Carl Dean’s Relationship

By newadmin / Published on Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 16:36 PM / No Comments / 26 views


For over five decades Dolly Parton has been one of the biggest and most recognizable stars in Hollywood, but even so, many are still surprised to find out that for that entire time she has been married! Despite the size of her fame, Parton has been able to keep her marriage to husband Carl Dean out of the spotlight, and despite rumors and tabloid attacks, the two have never wavered. Together, Dolly and Carl have ridden the waves of her extreme fame but have always balanced out their time together, keeping their marriage intact for over 50 incredible years. Get to know the pair better with these 12 things you never knew about their love story and relationship:

12. How They Met

The moment Dolly Parton graduated high-school she knew her days in Sevierville, Tennesse were over and the very next day she left for Nashville where she didn’t know anyone and just wanted to pursue her career in country music. What Dolly Parton didn’t know, however, was just how fateful that move would be for both her personal and professional life. During her very first full day in Nashville in 1964, an 18-year-old Parton met 21-year-old Carl Dean. According to Dean, Parton caught his eye as she was leaving the laundry mat because of her revealing outfit and he informed her she was going to get a sunburn if she wore clothes like that. “My first thought was I’m gonna marry that girl,” Dean said in a statement for the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. “My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good lookin’. And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.” Meanwhile, Parton admitted that the last thing on her mind when she moved to Nashville was “looking for a man” but conceded that “there was something irresistible about this man.” She added that she was “surprised and delighted” that Dean looked at her face when they were talking which she says was “a rare thing for me.” Parton also said, “He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about.”

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11. Wedding

Although Parton was definitely not looking for a man and was looking for a music career when she went to Nashville, it was a man she found first. After their initial meeting at the laundry mat, the pair were inseparable and within a year of dating they became engaged. As Dean’s mother happily began helping Parton to plan a big wedding, her dreams were dashed when Parton’s record label stepped in. “Everyone at my label had invested money in me and in building my career, so they asked me if I’d wait a year to get married,” Parton explained. “And I didn’t want to not do what I was supposed to do. Carl’s mother was just heartbroken.” Instead of a big wedding, Dean and Parton were married in Ringgold, Georgia on May 30, 1966 in order to avoid the newspapers reporting on the wedding and the only other people present were Parton’s mother and the preacher and his wife. “My mother made me a little white dress and a little bouquet,” Parton told CMT. “But I said, ‘I can’t get married in a courthouse because I’ll never feel married.’ So we found a little Baptist church in town, and went up to Pastor Don Duvall and said, ‘Would you marry us?’ We got pictures on the steps right outside the church.”

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