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Dolly Parton’s husband Carl Thomas Dean has stayed away from the cameras successfully for over five decades even though Parton is one of the most famous Americans. He chose to stay away from the limelight and media glare, and she respected his wishes. The couple celebrated their golden anniversary last year, and we have what you need to know about Dolly Parton’s one and only!

Carl Thomas Dean and Dolly Parton’s love story began as a meeting that turned into love, and a love that made them soulmates. Recently, pop star Jake Shears dropped a bombshell, when he revealed he is somehow related to Dolly Parton’s family! Apparently, they share a distant grandfather from the 1800s.

Speaking of family, who is Dolly Parton married to? Keep reading to know all about Dolly Parton’s husband in Carl Thomas Dean wiki.


Dolly Parton Fell in Love in a Laundromat!

It’s like they say, “love at first sight,” and that’s how it perhaps was with Parton and Dean.

According to Dolly Parton’s website, she saw Dean in a Wishy-Washy Laundromat in Nashville, Tennessee, the very day she moved there to pursue music. She wasn’t really looking for any relationships or marriage, but there he was, ready to sweep Parton off her feet.

“I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me). He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about,” the icon said when asked about the first encounter with Dean.

It was two years later, in 1966, that the couple got hitched in a very simple and private ceremony in Ringgold, Georgia. Parton’s mother accompanied them.

The only people present at the wedding were the preacher and his wife, along with Parton’s mother, Avie Lee Owens.

Over 50 Years of Togetherness

Against the ups and downs of love, marriage, and career, the 71-year-old has been supported and uplifted by her better half, Carl Thomas Dean, 74. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 2016. And just like their wedding, this, too, was a very simple and private ceremony.


Parton had described she was very close to Dean’s mother, Ginny Dean. She would call her “Mama Dean,” and they were best friends.

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With a big family that included 12 siblings, the Parton’s always had a celebration going on at their end. And although Dean and Parton never had any kids of their own, they had enough children in their lives who they were close to.

Carl Thomas Dean and Dolly Parton’s Marriage

Parton was 20 years old and Dean was 23 when they got married. And to date, they still blush about each other!

Dean has respected her independence all throughout their marriage. And Parton found a best friend in him.

“They say that opposites attract, and it’s true,” Parton said in an interview. “We’re completely opposite, but that’s what makes it fun. I never know what he’s gonna say or do. He’s always surprising me,” Parton added, gushing about her husband.

While Dean loves to spend time around the house and takes things slowly, Parton is all about going places and keeping busy.

“But when we’re together, we have enough things in common that it works,” Parton said. “We love the simple life. We can be calm and just have a good time.”

Carl Thomas Dean’s Net Worth

According to sources, Dean had an asphalt paving business but is now retired. And, there is no information on Carl Thomas Dean’s net worth. However, we do know that Dolly Parton’s fortune is estimated at a smashing $500.0 million.

Parton earned a jaw-dropping $34.0 million alone from her A Better Day World Tour in 2011, not to mention all the other concerts and albums she has been working on. She even did a stint with Katy Perry.

So, it seems as though the sweetheart of country music has it all—love, fortune, and fame! Here’s wishing more success to Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Thomas Dean.

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