Dolly Parton Partly Funded Research for Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine | 22 Words

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.

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It'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.

Finally!

There's no denying her power.

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Born in Locust Ridge, she is the fourth child of a whopping twelve.

The country singer made a career from her "rags-to-rhinestones" story.

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She 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.

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After 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.

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In 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.

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It 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.

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Her 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.

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In 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...

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And 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?

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Do 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:

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"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.

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This 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.

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This 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...

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But 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?

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Dolly'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.

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In 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:

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Sitting 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.

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The 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:

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"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.

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The 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.

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It 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!

One of the best qualities is her humor. She's not afraid to have a little bit of fun whether it be on social media...

Or real life. Remember when she cracked this joke?

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While 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...

They have discovered that the vaccine is nearly ninety-five percent effective at preventing the virus.

Which is better than they ever thought was possible!

But all of this would have been a lot harder without Dolly's contribution to the research.

According to The Guardian, she also funded research into COVID-19 treatments.

The news outlet says she's been credited in research papers due to the huge amount of money used in creating such an effective drug.

Scientists were amazed by how effective it actually is...

“I had been saying I would be satisfied with a 75 percent effective vaccine," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the US, said. “Aspirationally, you would like to see 90, 95 percent, but I wasn’t expecting it. I thought we’d be good, but 94.5 percent is very impressive."

The whopping donation was made by Dolly in April this year.

This was after her friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University said they were making “some exciting advancements" during the process of making the vaccine. So basically, without Dolly, there wouldn't even be a vaccine... What a woman.