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Dolly Parton's 66th Birthday: The Legendary Country Diva's Best Moments (VIDEOS)

Dolly Parton

First Posted: 01/19/12 02:27 PM ET Updated: 01/19/12 04:12 PM ET

Yes, we all know she seems ageless, but Dolly Parton -- legendary singer, actress, philanthropist, theme park entrepreneur and all-around icon -- turns 66 years old today.

With her new movie "Joyful Noise" currently in theaters, the country music queen is once again being buzzed about. After making her Broadway debut in 2009 with "9 to 5," a musical re-telling of the 1980 cult classic in which she starred, she's reportedly set to return to the Great White Way with a new show based on her life story.

But that, of course, doesn't mean that Parton's abandoned her Nashville roots: "Better Day," her 41st studio album, was released last year to strong reviews, and its supporting tour played throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and Australia.

The diva has long been openly supportive of her sizable LGBT fanbase, too, which many find surprising given her Southern background. "I think it’s because they know I’m different too, and it took me a long time to be accepted," she told Joy Behar in 2009. "Plus, a lot of my gay guy friends love to dress up. I think they just appreciate the fact that I love everybody for who they are.”

Happy birthday, Dolly! Take a look at some of our favorite Dolly moments below:

'Coat of Many Colors' (1971)
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Dolly describes her 1971 hit, about her impoverished upbringing, as her favorite of the songs she has written.
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