Dolly Parton has been through more ups and downs than most in her lifetime, and to add another string to her bow, the national treasure may have just saved the world!
Read on to learn about how she funded research for a vital coronavirus vaccine...
Dolly Parton has always been considered America's sweetheart.
via: GettyIt's no secret that we absolutely adore her. And after finding out what she's done to help scientists in the race to find a cure for coronavirus, you'll love her even more... If that's possible.
It's one thing that we can all actually agree on.
Taking a moment to send some love to Dolly Parton. ✊🏾— Charles Booker (@Charles Booker)1597523813.0
There's no denying her power.
via: Getty ImagesBorn in Locust Ridge, she is the fourth child of a whopping twelve.
The country singer made a career from her "rags-to-rhinestones" story.
via: Getty ImagesShe has credited a lot of her family members for helping mold her musicality, but particularly Uncle Bill Owens for getting her foot in the door of the industry.
Her talent didn't go unnoticed.
via: Getty ImagesAfter landing a coveted spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, she saw her name in lights very quickly.
And with songs like "Jolene" and "Love Is Like A Butterfly," she became an icon in the world of country singers.
via: Getty ImagesIn 1975 and '76, the Country Music Association awarded her with Female Country Singer of the Year and during this time, she was also working on moving into the pop market in order to further her career.
And the song “Here You Come Again" really helped her do that.
via: Getty ImagesIt won a Grammy Award and in the following years, she tucked a couple more of the prestigious accolades under her belt.
Probably one of her most famous songs, "9 to 5" catapulted her to global stardom.
via: Getty ImagesHer iconic country glam style was recognized all over the world and her distinct million-dollar smile granted her with millions of fans.
As well as being a musician, she also dabbled in the world of film.
via: Getty ImagesIn the '80s, Dolly made appearances in films such as Nine to Five, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias.
So, it's safe to say that Dolly Parton is a living legend...
via: Getty ImagesAnd she's proven her status over and over again. Here are some of her most iconic moments throughout her career.
Who could forget the 2017 Emmys joke?
via: GettyDo you remember when she reunited with her 9-5 co-stars? Of course you do, because it's the same day she made that hilarious vibrator joke on stage.
Dolly congratulated Grace and Frankie for their nomination, and then added this:
via: Getty Images"I just hope I'm going to get one of those Grace and Frankie vibrators in my swag bag tonight." And everyone had the same shocked but amused look on their face. It was pretty funny, to say the least.
Then came her Black Lives Matter stance.
via: InstagramThis year, we've heard celebrities speaking out against the treatment of Black people in society, but Dolly Parton took hers to a whole other level.
Apparently, some people found it so "offensive" that it led to a Dolly boycott.
via: InstagramThis is what she said when the interviewer at Billboard asked her for her opinion on the social movement: "Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"
At least fifty percent of her fan base was left annoyed...
via: InstagramBut Dolly knows what's up and we love her for it.
What about the time when she called out the sexism she faced when she was starting out in the industry?
via: GettyDolly's appearance is iconic, right? But that doesn't mean it didn't attract a lot of negative attention for the way she looked.
And as she got more confident with her look, she felt the need to call some people out.
via: GettyIn multiple interviews, she has talked about being defined by her makeup or her cosmetic surgeries, saying this: "I'd like to think I have a brain beneath this wig and a heart beneath the boobs."
But one particular interview stood out:
via: YouTubeSitting down with Reese Witherspoon, the country singer expressed her true thoughts on the matter saying "don't let these false eyelashes lead you to believe that I'm as phony as I look - Because I run true and deep." She's the ultimate bad b****.
She once talked about her fans dressing up as her.
via: Getty ImagesThe New York Times asked Dolly if she liked seeing her fans turn up to her concerts dressed up as her and her response was nothing short of heartwarming.
She said this:
via: Getty Images"When I do 'Jolene' and I see a bunch of drag queens out there, I start singing 'Drag Queen, Drag Queen, please don't take my man!' I have a huge gay following and I'm proud of them. Sometimes, some of them look more like me than I do."
Dolly has even founded her own reading program.
via: Getty ImagesThe country singer is not just concerned with her own career, as she has been involved in numerous charities to aid children and their own educational ventures.
The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was started all the way back in 1990.
via: Getty ImagesIt aims to provide children with free books from the day they're born until they are 5 years old and since it was started, Dolly's sent over 141 million books to children around the world. Wow.
We couldn't forget her wicked sense of humor!
Or real life. Remember when she cracked this joke?
via: Getty ImagesWhile filming on the set of 9 to 5, in between takes, she asked Jane Fonda, "Do you know what's green and smells like Miss Piggy?"
But she once denied Elvis Presley half the rights to her song.She told us that Elvis really wanted to record "I Will Always Love You" but he also asked for half the publishing rights.
But Dolly wasn't up for that because she wanted to leave the full rights to her family.So she rejected the collaboration in order to honor her morals. And then when Whitney Houston recorded the award-winning track, she knew she had made "the best decision."
But now, Dolly has outdone herself.It turns out that the singer helped us all throughout the pandemic by donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be used for research in creating a vaccine.
And now, the pharmaceutical company, Moderna, has announced something amazing in the wake of the results from the clinical trials...
Yes, Dolly Parton part-funded research which went towards the Moderna vaccine which has reported 94.5% effectivenes… https://t.co/PF3szsgzS6— Richard Chambers (@Richard Chambers)1605609406.0
Which is better than they ever thought was possible!
Why are we not discussing the fact that the vaccine with the good news this morning was partly funded by Dolly Part… https://t.co/ykj7xl2Ko5— Jonathan Katz, #1 Ibble-Dibble (@Jonathan Katz, #1 Ibble-Dibble)1605540843.0
According to The Guardian, she also funded research into COVID-19 treatments.
Not only did Dolly Parton write Jolene and I Will Always Love You on the same day, but she also potentially saved t… https://t.co/UyPnF7gg6B— Eric Alper 🎧 (@Eric Alper 🎧)1605615788.0
Scientists were amazed by how effective it actually is...
Everything is terrible but at least we're alive at the same time as Dolly Parton https://t.co/mLEXK0eu8w— Sarah Dollard (@Sarah Dollard)1605606452.0
The whopping donation was made by Dolly in April this year.
Dolly Parton just casually saving the world from covid by funding the new vaccine with 95% success rate https://t.co/puxEEZLmHL— Ben Wilson (@Ben Wilson)1605613622.0