Dolly Parton and sisters singing in studio
Stella Parton, Frieda Parton and Dolly Parton during Recording Frieda Parton's New Album - January 15, 1981 at Bearsville Studios in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Dolly Parton's Siblings: Then & Now


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Dolly Rebecca Parton has been open about her tough upbringing. She even made film, Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, inspired by her experiences. Growing up in a house filled with children in a one-room cabin in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains is no picnic. Despite having close to nothing, the country star was raised by parents Avie Lee and Robert Lee Parton learning to sing in the church and followed her dreams by hitting the Nashville music scene at the age of 13 with her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Inspiring millions with her rags to riches journey, Dolly Parton has become a rhinestone clad national treasure.

But Dolly is not the only successful Parton child. Music was part of the entire Parton family upbringing in their Tennessee home. Where did Dolly Parton's siblings end up after she made it big in Nashville and Hollywood?

Larry Parton

Sadly, Larry died as an infant at only 4 days old when Dolly was only 9 years old.

Stella Parton

Stella Parton and Dolly Parton attend Stella Parton's Red Tent Women's Conference 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown on April 18, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 18: Stella Parton and Dolly Parton attend Stella Parton's Red Tent Women's Conference 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown on April 18, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

Stella Parton is no stranger to the country music scene. With her own 40 years of experience, she has created her own path as a country singer and even had some successful songs in the 1970s.

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Randy Parton

Randy Parton was a singer and regularly performed at Dollywood. Randy passed away in 2021 at the age of 67.

Rachel Dennison

The youngest of the Parton siblings, Dennison is a retired actress and singer, best known for her starring role in the 1980s sitcom Nine to Five. She also performs with her siblings from time to time.

Willadeene Parton

Willadeene became an author, publishing Smoky Mountain Memories: Stories from the Hearts of the Parton Family, which tells stories of the Parton family upbringing. She also wrote a cookbook, All-Day Singing & Dinner on the Ground.

Freida Estelle

Stella Parton, Frieda Parton and Dolly Parton at the Bearsville Studios in Hollywood, CA (Photo by Betty Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Younger sister Freida starting out singing back up for Dolly and even performed as a punk rock singer in the 1980s. She opened a wedding chapel and is an ordained minister.

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Robert Lee, David, and Coy Parton

These three stayed pretty private and out of show business, so not much is known about them. They can occasionally be seen accompanying Dolly to events.

Floyd Parton

Floyd also pursued music and turned out to be a talented songwriter. He penned multiple songs for Dolly including, "Rockin' Years," "Nickles and Dimes," and "Waltz Me to Heaven." Floyd Parton passed away in 2018 at the age of 61.

Cassie Nan

Cassie is also a singer/performer, though a bit more low key than some of her other siblings. She has performed shows at Dollywood with multiple siblings, including Randy and Rachel.

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