Indeed, Parton has more than two dozen gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums to her name. She’s also scored a similar number of country music number one singles, reached the top ten country albums chart more than 40 times and picked up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards. At the turn of the century, the star even earned a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
And, of course, Parton has also enjoyed a successful career on the big screen. She’s appeared in box office hits such as Steel Magnolias and Joyful Noise, for instance. Parton also picked up Best Actress Golden Globe nods for her performances in both 1980’s 9 to 5 and 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
The last movie directed by Colin Higgins, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, was adapted from the Broadway musical bearing the same name. It starred Parton as Mona Stangley, an out-of-town brothel owner with an enduring relationship with a local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd, played by Burt Reynolds. The movie grossed approximately $70 million during its box office chart-topping run.