Dolly Parton has recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her loving husband, Carl Dean. Even though her legal name is Dolly Parton Dean, she uses her maiden name on stage and screen. As a result, not many know that she is actually married. Her husband is kind of reclusive and likes staying out of the spotlight. He is a retired owner of an asphalt paving business and reportedly has seen his wife perform only once in his life.
Parton’s sister Stella admits in an interview with Closer Weekly magazine that her brother-in-law is a recluse, but that it is not a bad thing! “When it’s important stuff family-wise, he’s there — weddings, births, and funerals. But he doesn’t care a thing about all the public stuff. It’s not his bag at all, and we respect that,” says Stella. “He thinks of all that as foolishness. But he doesn’t say anything about us doing it because ‘That’s what the girls do.’ That’s the way he says it.”
Parton met Dean at a Laundromat when she was only 18 years old. They had only one guest at their wedding, Dolly’s mom. They had no children of their own so they helped raise Parton’s younger siblings.
Dean stays out of the public eye, but the love between him and Parton runs deep. “He really is my best friend,” Dolly told Closer. “If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again, and we did.” For their 50th anniversary Parton and Dean had a private vow-renewal ceremony. “I’m dragging him, kicking and screaming, into the next 50 years!” she laughed. Stella agrees with Dolly and supports Dean’s love, “He’s a good guy!” The video below features some of the rarest photos of Carl and Dolly. Wait till you see them!
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