Carl Dean & Dolly Parton wedding picture: Dean & Parton’s marriage (photo)

Carl Dean, or Carl Thomas Dean, is Dolly Parton’s husband. Dean was born on July 20, 1942. When Dean met Parton, it was 1966.

Parton had decided to become a singer. She warned Carl Thomas Dean of her ambition. Dean agreed to let her work at her goal before Parton would marry him.

Dolly Parton met Carl Thomas Dean in 1964, when she first moved to Nashville. Parton, then 18, had gone to her local laundromat called the Wishy-Washy Laundromat. Dean spoke to Parton about getting sunburn on that day. Parton and Dean started talking and dated for two years before deciding to get married.

Carl Thomas Dean, born in 1942, is the owner of a road surface paving business. Dean services road by paving them with asphalt. Dean is based in Nashville and he seldom travels out. Carl Dean used to work with his father in their company called the Dean and Dean Asphalt company.

Later sources said Dean has retired. He stays on their marital farm home and takes care of the family finances.

As Dean stays in the background, he gives the impression that he seldom spends time with Parton. He does accompany her on some of her tours. Parton had spoken about her husband in interviews. She said Dean was a romantic at heart who wrote her poems and does nice things to surprise her and keep the sparks going in their marriage.

When Parton and Dean set up their home together, they took in a few of her younger siblings. Parton was the fourth of twelve children so the younger ones needed help as the family back in Tennessee was poor. The Parton family lived in a run-down one room cabin. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean had big hearts as they took in her younger siblings and raised them, like their own children. The couple never had kids of their own.

When Parton’s younger siblings grew up, they bore children who then joked that she was their ‘Granny”. Parton took care of their parents so her nieces and nephews joked that she was like their granny.

Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean are very private people who seldom talked about their personal lives. The couple never had children of their own. A family friend of Parton and Dean died, leaving the child an orphan. Dean and Parton took in the child and raised the boy. Parton does not talk about the boy, as she keeps her personal life away from the media.

Dolly Parton has published photos of Carl Dean in her book, “My Life and Unfinished Business”. Some of Parton’s music albums like “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” and “Joshua” show Carl Dean on the covers.

Updated April 12 2011 – Dolly Parton made a guest appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards in early April. Ms Parton sang her iconic song, “9 to 5”. She delighted fans with her sporadic guest appearances, popping up at TV shows and events. Parton was also a presenter of an award. She presented Greenblatt with his award at the Glaad event. The hosts were Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, both from Parks and Recreation.

Parton has worked quietly to prepare her new album, “Better Day”. It will be released in the summer of 2011. Parton will then start her national US tour and then global tour, singing through the UK, Europe and Australia. Will Carl Dean Thomas accompany Parton when she tours? Its hard to say. He may join her, or stay behind at their farm, to take care of their interests at home.

Parton was busy in March 2011, contributing some efforts towards a free book project, for the children in Scotland.

In February 2011, Parton helped to promote the Boot Campaign. The founders are 5 women from Texas, who called themselves the Boot Girls. The campaign encourages people to buy a pair of army boots. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to military charity organizations. Veterans and other servicemen are aided by these various army charities.

Carl Dean and Dolly Parton were married on May 30, 1966. They have been married 42 years. Dean and Parton’s story can be found in “Dolly” by Judith McPasternak.

Dolly Parton has been linked to Judy Ogle. Ogle is Parton’s best friend. Parton said they loved each other as best friends and not in the lesbian way.

Carl Thomas Dean & Dolly Parton.

Carl Dean & Dolly Parton wedding photo

Carl Thomas Dean & Dolly Parton.

Carl Dean & Dolly Parton wedding photo

Carl Thomas Dean & Dolly Parton.

Carl Dean & Dolly Parton

Updated Aug 26 2011 –
Dolly Parton is being honored by The Silent Movie Theater. They arranged a special “Dolly Parton All-Nite 9-to-5′er”, with eight hours of the country music singer’s movies.

On September 2, Dolly will be shown on the QVC channel, for a special interview. Its exclusively on QVC on Sept 2, 2011.

Dolly contributed to the band Chicago’s new holiday spirit album, to be released near Christmas 2011.






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