With a career spanning 60 years and still going strong, over 100 millions albums sold worldwide, and even her own theme park, Dolly Parton is in a class of her own. Sporting her big hair and shiny costumes, Parton is one of music’s most recognizable figures, and her iconic songs have become standards that will be played for generations.

She is the consummate entertainer, but her life story is also an inspiring one. Going from her humble origins to superstardom, from struggling to giving back with her philanthropy, let’s take a look at the life of the singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and humanitarian whose heart is as big as her massive success.

2How To Stay Warm In The Winter

We always see Dolly Parton decked out in glittering, glamorous outfits, so it is hard to imagine the squalor that she grew up in. She is open about it, though. “The kids peed on me every night,” she said. “We slept three and four in the bed. And as soon as I go to bed, the kids would wet on me, and I’d have to get up in the morning and do the same thing.”

As disgusting as it sounds, this wasn’t even seen as a bad thing. When asked by Playboy in 1978 if she would change the sheets when this happened, she responded, “No, that was the only warm thing we knew in the wintertime. That was almost a pleasure to get peed on because it was so cold.”