It’s hard to believe, sure, but Dolly Parton just turned 75 and thousands of fans of the beloved singer and actress pay tribute with birthday messages on social media. With a career in entertainment spanning over 50 years, the 9 to 5 star is as celebrated for her behind-the-scenes charity work as for her talents. Once fans knew today is Parton’s birthday, it didn’t take long for her name to become a trend with birthday wishes from all over the world.
“Happy 75th birthday to Dolly Parton, who released a Christmas album LAST YEAR AND wrote a songwriting book AND a Christmas special AND an entire musical AND donated a million dollars to COVID-19 research used to fund Moderna’s vaccine,” writes Eric Alper.
“Only Dolly can become more beautiful at the age of 75 than when she was younger and also beautiful,” tweeted another fan. She deserves a medal of freedom if she doesn’t already have one. She helped fund the development of the vaccine. Congratulations Dolly Parton! ‘
Another fan post reads: “@DollyParton Happy 75th Birthday! Hope today you bring as much joy, love, light and laughter as you have given us over the last 60 years! Love that you are always the first to jump in and do everything you can to lift people. You really are an earth-bound angel! “
Echoing so many other posts, another tweet says, “Congratulations to the beautiful @DollyParton! Cherry Blossom A precious gem of a human who radiates joy, kindness and magic.”
And another huge fan tweets: “Congrats to my all time favorite singer @DollyParton !! The queen of country music and kindness. Such an incredible person !!”
She may be 75, but Parton is now showing signs of slowing down. Last fall Parton came out A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years. She sang songs from the album in December in a CBS Christmas special. Parton also returned to acting to play an angel in the Netflix holiday movie Christmas in the square, which was released in November. In addition, she donated very generously to help fund Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, greatly accelerating the progress of research into a cure.
Parton also said last year that she would appear on the cover of Playboy again in commemoration of her 75th birthday. She previously appeared on the cover of the October 1978 issue. In October, Parton said she was in talks with Playboy about possibly returning to the cover.
“Maybe I’ll just do it,” Parton said at the time. “If I can do it with good taste and they want it, then we’ll do it together with a really good interview inside. So yes, it’s possible. Yes, we talked about it.”
Ultimately, the Playboy deal didn’t materialize, but Parton is on the cover of a special edition of People magazine celebrating its 75th anniversary. The publication also includes a new interview with the “Jolene” singer.
The Tennessee native has also had many fans calling for a statue of Dolly to be erected in her home state. This could become a reality very soon, as Tennessee State Rep. John Mark Windle recently introduced a bill calling for “the commissioning of a statue of Dolly Parton, to recognize her for all she has contributed to this state”. The statue is said to be located on the grounds of the capital in Nashville, towards the Ryman Auditorium where Parton has performed throughout her career. Congratulations, Dolly Parton, and here are many, many more!