"Faith Saved My Marriage", Says Legendary Singer Dolly Parton-Inspiring Married Life With Husband Of Fifty Two Years Carl Dean: A Five Decades-Long Love Story

News by Gabriel Published on 01 Aug,2018 Updated on 01 Aug,2018

There are only a few Hollywood couples who have a long and stable marriage and the singer Dolly Patron and her husband of fifty-two years Carl Dean are the perfect examples.  In today's context when we hear a pair separating every other day, couples like them gives us hope in finding true love and maintaining a relationship. 

Patron married Carl Dean in 1966 and the duo is together for more than five decades. And her fans always wonder, what has kept their relationship so far? Let’s reveal the secret about the Hollywood iconic star Dolly Patron’s inspiring married life- children-husband and family life, here!!

Dolly Patron’s Inspiring Married Life With Husband Of Fifty Two Years Carl Dean: A Five Decades-Long Love Story

Veteran singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Dolly Parton once said, her faith has saved her five decades-long marriage

Parton is married to Carl Dean since 1966.  She met her future husband when she was just 18 and he was 21. Dean first saw her at a Laundromat when she was washing her clothes and he told her that she would get sunburned in her revealing outfit before accompanying Parton back inside the building.

CAPTION: Iconic singer/actress Dolly Patron and her husband Carl Dean SOURCE: Daily Express

He recalled his first meeting with her on their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. He said that:

My first thought was I'm gonna marry that girl, My second thought was, 'Lord she's good lookin.' And that was the day my life began. I wouldn't trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.

Dean and Patron exchanged their vows in a church in Ringgold, Georgia in the presence of close friends and family. 

CAPTION: Dolly Patron at the 50th Marriage Anniversary in 2016 SOURCE: Getty Image

They married in a secret ceremony on 30 may 1966 and did not inform the media about their wedding.

Patron also recalled her wedding moment and said,

My mother made me a little white dress and a little bouquet, But I said, 'I can't get married in a courthouse because I'll never feel married.' So we found a little Baptist church in town, and went up to Pastor Don Duvall and said, 'Would you marry us?' We got pictures on the steps right outside the church.

Since then, the couple is almost inseparable. Being together for more than fifty years is not a joke. 

While revealing the secret to their successful marriage, a close source to the couple said:

“There’s still a lot of passion between them. Dolly still enjoys cooking for Carl, and he still writes her love poems. Despite all of their ups and downs, they both consider their relationship a match made in heaven!”

The source continued:

“She always lets God’s hand guide her through life. And she’s always come to the realization that God believes her place is with Carl.”

Well, people say that "a long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship", and Patron and Dean have proved the statement right.

Dolly Patron And Carl Dean’s Children

A Legend singer Dolly Patron and her husband Carl Dean never had their biological children despite their strong bond with kids. In an interview, she said destiny led her to be a mother to everyone. She stated:   

God has a plan for everything, I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine. And they are now.

She loves her nieces and nephews. Patron has also helped millions of kids through her charity and donation program.

Patron is also the godmother of the singer/actress Miley Cyrus. Cyrus considers Patron as one of her biggest inspirations. 

CAPTION: Dolly Patron and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus SOURCE: Hornet

She also mentioned it’s an honor to be the goddaughter of the 20th-century musical queen Dolly Patron.

Patron has made several cameo appearances on Cyrus' film and series Hannah Montana.  The film also featured Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Jason Earles and Moises Arias

Lesser Known Facts Of Dolly Patron's Husband Carl Dean

Carl Dean is Dolly Patron’s husband for over five decades. He felt in a love with her at first sight and later dated for almost two years before marrying her.

Many of their admirers always wonder what has kept the pair together for 52 years despite her eccentric and influential status.



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He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He previously ran an asphalt-laying company which dwelt on roads in Nashville. Until his retirement, he was into business. 

He along with Patron also raised funds for the charity program. Over the year, they have supported numerous organizations including  Dr. Thomas Foundation.

Dolly Patron: Quick Facts

  • Born on January 19, 1946, Dolly Rebecca Patron, is a veteran singer-songwriter/actress/ record producer and businesswoman.
  • She is a native of Locust Ridge, Sevier County, Tennessee.
  • She was born to father Robert Lee Patron and mother Avie Lee Patron.
  • Patron is the fourth child out of 12 children of her parents.
  • Her six siblings are professional musicians.
  • She has received 47 Grammys nomination and won 11 times in several categories.
  • Patron has also nominated for two Academy Awards and two Emmy Awards.
  • She has sold more than 100 million copies of her albums.
  • She is the founder of the Dollywood Foundation which funds her imagination library.
  • She recorded her first song Puppy Love in 1957.
  • In 1980, she made big screen debut in 9 to 5 for which she later earned an Academy Award nomination for the best original song category. 
  • In 2017, she shared the Grammy with Pentatonix for Best Country duo performance for a remake of her song Jolene.
  • Dolly Patron’s net worth is $500 million as of July 2018.