Fans are used to media stories of celebrities and stormy marriages. Most of their unions hardly ever last a couple of years. In fact, some celebrities have been married more than three or four times. This makes it a little surprising when any of them admits openly they are enjoying a marriage after a number of years together.
It is hard to tell if this is just a public stunt or one way of getting a pat on the back for something that is not real. All the same, people have to take them by their words if after so many years together, they can still share the same roof.
Dolly Parton recently said in an interview with the People Magazine that her marriage to Carl Thomas has been successful for a number of reasons. Could it be plastic surgery?
She got married to him when she was 20 and he was 23. She says their successful marriage can be attributed to Carl’s great sense of humor. He is also full of surprises that have kept them tight for the last 47 years they have been together. Although he remains private, she says he is a very good husband to her.
Born Dolly Rebecca Parton in 1946, the American musician began singing at a very tender age of 10. She is well known for her country music, though there are collaborations she has done with other musicians of other genres. At the age of 13, she was recording singles and could also perform on radio. Her rise to prominence came in 1967 when she featured on Porter Wagoner’s weekly TV program. Their duet, “The Last Thing on My Mind”, became an instant hit, staying on top ten charts for some time.
Dolly Parton has achieved 25 certified RIAA gold and multi-platinum awards. 25 of her songs have reached number 1 on the Billboard Charts, a huge achievement for a female musician. She has 8 Grammy Awards to her name, 2 Academy Nominations, 10 Country Music Awards and 3 American Music Awards. She is also one of the 7 female musicians to have ever bagged the prestigious Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the year.
Apart from singing, she is also an instrumentalist, actress, author, philanthropist and songwriter. She has starred in a number of movies namely; Whorehouse in Texas, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Unlikely Angel, Blue Valley Songbird among others.
When she was only ten, she appeared on The Cas Walker Show. There are a number of singles she produced. One of the most revered perhaps is; Just Because am A Woman and I Will Always Love You. They stayed at the top of the charts for quite a long time. In later life, she graduated from country music to pop and has done well in that too.
Although she is a celebrity, her husband remains a very private man who rarely accompanies her to concerts. They recently celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2011 where Dolly said she was sure theirs was the first and the last marriage for both of them. They could be referred to as an ‘example couple’ for other celebrities.