And any time we start getting a little testy with one another, I'll say, "Don't you need to go to the barn for a while?" – we know how to get out of each other's way without being offensive to one another.' Dolly is one of the most successful recording artists of all time, her 'cheap and gaudy' exterior belying an exceptional vocal and writing talent that's earned her seven Grammy awards and produced 110 chart singles, including Jolene and 9 To 5. She's an astute businesswoman too, having founded her own theme park, Dollywood, a radio station, restaurants, and record and TV companies.'I've never been pregnant, so I just feel God didn't mean for me to have kids, so that everybody else's children could be mine,' she adds.'But if I had had them, I think I'd have been a devoted mother.Their long marriage has withstood countless rumours about Dolly's supposed affairs with everyone from Sylvester Stallone and Burt Reynolds to Judy Ogle, her assistant and best friend. 'I love to flirt, and I've never met a man I didn't like,' she laughs. Short, fat, bald or skinny – I've had crushes on some very unusual men but Carl knows I'll always come home and I'm not having sex with these people – I'm just flirtin' and having fun. If I'm away I'll say to my husband, "You don't mind if I fantasise about Keith Urban [Nicole Kidman's husband] tonight, do you? He says he'd think less of any man who didn't fall in love with me.'But he really respects what I do and would hate to stand in the way of that. He'll say, "I like it when you wear your hair up high", and he even has clothes of mine in his closet that he'll bring out once in a while and say, "See if you can still get into this." I love dressing up for him,' she smiles.You know what, we were almost like brother and sister,'' Parton commented. So we just never went there." Both, indeed, are happily married to other people, Parton wed to Carl Thomas Dean, and Rogers to Wanda Miller.
Today she's wearing a black fringed skirt over black shorts, five-inch stripper heels and a multi-coloured fitted jacket around her weeny waist and those historic breasts.
She has the distinction of having performed on a top-5 country hit in each of the last five decades.
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There is little photographic evidence of Mr Dean, who used to run an asphalt-laying company, leading to speculation that, like the Yeti, he may not even exist.
'Oh, he exists,' laughs Dolly, 'it's just he doesn't really like to be with anybody but me.